Hazel Dickens biography

Hazel Dickens

Bluegrass, Musical Artist

1935 – 2011

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Who was Hazel Dickens?

Hazel Jane Dickens was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. Cultural blogger John Pietaro noted that "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them and her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause." The New York Times extolled her as "a clarion-voiced advocate for coal miners and working people and a pioneer among women in bluegrass music." With Alice Gerrard, Dickens was one of the first women to record a bluegrass album.

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Born
Jun 1, 1935
Montcalm
Also known as
  • Dickens, Hazel
  • Hazel Jane Dickens
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Died
Apr 22, 2011
Washington, D.C.

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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