Hedy West

Hedy West

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hedy West (April 6, 1938 - July 3, 2005) was an American folksinger and songwriter. West was of the same generation as Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and others of the American folk music revival. Her most famous song "500 Miles" is one of America's best loved and best known folk songs. She was described by the English folk musician AL Lloyd as "far and away the best of American girl singers in the [folk] revival." She was born Hedwig Grace West in the mountains of northern Georgia in 1938. Her father, Don West, was a coal mine labor organizer in the 1930s; his bitter experiences included seeing a close friend machine-gunned on the street by company goons in the presence of a young daughter. Later, he operated the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia. Many of Hedy's songs, including the raw materials for "500 Miles," came from her paternal grandmother, Lily West, who passed on the songs she had learned as a child.show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • Cel Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135944533
  • 9786135944532