A clip from the Appalshop film, Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning. Pete Seeger was interviewed in the mid-1980s about his memories of Sarah on the Clearwater which was docked in the East River in New York City. 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. It was there that Pete and Sarah first met, and spent many evenings singing with a crowd of rural and urban musicians at Greenwich Village "hootenannies." The full film is available at appalshop.org/store

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