The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #30585   Message #393465
Posted By: Sandy Paton
08-Feb-01 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: coal mining songs
Subject: RE: coal mining songs
Get Archie Green's Only a Miner, John Greenway's American Folksongs of Protest (for stories about Aunt Molly Jackson), Shelly Romalis' Pistol Packing Mama (a biography of Aunt Molly). Florence Reese, who wrote "Which Side Are You On," also wrote a brief autobiography which she was selling at the Newport Festival where we met her, but I can't put my hands on our copy right now, so I'm unsure of the title.

I produced a recording of Sarah Ogan Gunning in 1968, titled Girl of Constant Sorrow. She was the half-sister of Aunt Molly, raised in the midst of the Kentucky coal field wars, and the actual writer of the title song of her album, although it was often attributed to Aunt Molly. That recording is available now only as one of our "Custom Cassettes," but you would find Archie Green's notes that come with it of particular interest. CLICK HERE. I've lost my instructions on how to make a blue clickie, so that may not work. Maybe a JoeClone can fix it for me?