Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning

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Directed by: Mimi Pickering 1988 Running Time: 38:00 Color

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


"Anyone interested in the history of the labor movement and the National Miners Union, womenís history, or the New York folk scene of the 1940s will find this program fascinating, and anyone wanting to hear some truly fine singing, the kind we hear less and less of these days, will be delighted with this video." -The Old Time Herald

"Recounting the life of one of the greatest Appalachian folk singers of modern times....it is a poignant, touching and memorable look and is certainly recommended viewing." -Donald R. Mott, Southern Folk Quarterly

"A fine and moving testament to a hard life and a slice of history coal interests would probably rather forget. It is a reminder of the realities of class, the sort of footnote whole new books come from, full of real details and real people." -Jo Carson, Now and Then Magazine

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