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Horse (particularly harness) racing is often accused of being a dying sport, and if that's the case then Bill Finley attended a funeral at Thunder Ridge Raceway
) Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Even if horse racing isn't your bag, though, a worthwhile read for those interested in a night in the life of an entertainment venue on the border of Johnson & Floyd Counties (combined population ~70k). It's not the middle of nowhere, but it's not where you'd expect to find a gambling venue either.
posted by EJXD2
on Jun 11, 2013 -
What’s eating Appalachia?
'Democrats in the region seem to hate their president. Keith Judd, a convict serving a 17-year sentence for extortion in a Texan jail' 'won 58% of the vote in Hardy County to Barack Obama’s 42%. Mr Judd’s victory was not a freak result: Democrats in a further nine counties in West Virginia judged a resident of the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana a better standard-bearer for their party than the current occupant of the White House.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Winter's Bone director Debra Granik offers her 45+ minute documentary, Hillbilly Up!
, as a free exclusive iTunes download. The film features several of the local musicians and actors from the film discussing Ozarks culture and history.
posted by dobbs
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Appalachia Ohio is home to an eclectic mix of individuals united by a common sense of place. Through photography, video, audio, text and interactive graphics, Soul of Athens
reveals the spirit of this unique community. Produced by students at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication
posted by netbros
on Oct 5, 2009 -
Do you know how to make a frog drunk? I bet you don't. But I do. I fired my pot up one morning and got it going real good. It had just started running high shots. That is what you call it when it first starts to come out. For so many jugs, then it turns to backins. Anyway here come hopping up to the still a damn big frog. I thought to myself ol' boy I'll make you drunk as hell.
Legendary Appalachian moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton
was arrested by the ATF in March 2008
[PDF]. At his arrest, agents found guns, three 1000-gallon stills, hundreds of gallons of sour mash
, and over 800 gallons of white lightning
. This week at 61 years old, and faced with 18 months in prison
, he committed suicide
posted by Who_Am_I
on Mar 19, 2009 -
Transcripts of a troubled mind
tells the life and times of Breece D'J Pancake, a brilliant young writer from South Charleston, West Virginia. In a raw, stripped down style, much of his work focused on the people and the language of the Appalachia
He committed suicide
at the age of 29 and left behind a small, but powerful collection of stories
posted by scarello
on Nov 7, 2008 -
What happens when a US President declares war on a concept? In 1964, Canadian photojournalist Hugh O'Connor traveled to eastern Kentucky to document the battlefields of Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty
and was shot for trespassing.
The incident is the subject of a wonderful documentary, Stranger with a Camera
by filmmaker Elizabeth Barrett
, produced by Appalshop
, a non-profit organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky, that works with local artists to promote self-representation in media and the expediency of culture to counteract a stagnating local economy.
Makes you think twice about nostalgic representations
of poor Appalachian coal miners plucking their banjo strings in the hollers, doesn't it?
posted by billtron
on Apr 15, 2008 -
Jean Ritchie, Mother of folk music. Abigail and Balis Ritchie of Viper, Perry County, Kentucky had 14 children, and Jean
was the youngest... [more inside]
posted by ethel
on Mar 2, 2008 -
Backyard Third World
John F. Kennedy saw it and pronounced it a shame on our nation. Lyndon B. Johnson tried to change it. The "compassionate conservatives" have exacerbated it. I wanted to share it with you. Isn't it time for real change? Hasn't the exploitation of this place and these people gone on long enough?
posted by nofundy
on Jul 26, 2004 -
Homeland security loophole discovered in 1999:
"In the Appalachians of West Virginia, the sun was going down and I was stuck for a place to stay. I knocked on the door of a private farm house. Three college-age girls were in the middle of an LSD trip. They recognized me as Art Garfunkel. I learned that they were three of thousands (millions?) who are "invisible" - pay no taxes, avoid the census taker; they are not on America's books."
posted by subpixel
on Jun 11, 2002 -