Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning - Appalshop

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Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning - Appalshop

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“In a society that can honor Loretta Lynn or Emmylou Harris, but not Sarah Ogan Gunning, clearly something is wrong. It means we haven’t been able to deal with our roots. We haven’t been able to deal with our giants.” ‑Archie Green, folklorist and labor historian

For decades, Sarah Gunning wrote and performed hauntingly beautiful ballads about the lives of working people. Born in the eastern Kentucky coalfields in 1910, Gunning lived through the organizing drives and coal mine strikes of the 1920s and ’30s and the bitter poverty of the Depression. Facing starvation, Sarah, her brother Jim Garland, and half‑sister Aunt Molly Jackson moved their families to New York City where they were an early influence in the folk music revival. This program intercuts Sarah’s most affecting songs with rare documentary film clips and photographs of early mining life. Comments from relatives and such friends as Pete Seeger, Hazel Dickens, and Archie Green help to tell Sarah’s story and speak of her personal strength and cultural significance.

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