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Audio Interference 53: Appalachian Movement Press

“They saw this region as affected by a kind of colonial influence from the larger urban areas, sort of extracting resources from Central Appalachia historically, for over a hundred years, and not giving anything back.”

In this episode of Audio Interference, we’re looking into Appalachian Movement Press, an offset print shop and publishing house that was based in Huntington, West Virginia, from 1969 – 1979. We speak with Shaun Slifer, artist, writer, self-taught historian, and Creative Director & Curator at the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, about his research into Appalachian Movement Press and about the identity movement in Appalachia in the 70s.

To learn more about the article Shaun wrote for Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture: justseeds.org/product/signal06/

You can read an excerpt of Shaun’s article in the Signal:06 issue here: justseeds.org/appalachian-moveme…rpt-from-signal06/

And to learn more about Shaun’s research process, see: justseeds.org/underground-publis…an-movement-press/

Music in this episode is from the album They’ll Never Keep Us Down: Women’s Coal Mining Songs. A copy of the album is available at the archive. Song credits (listed in order):

“Dream of a Miner’s Child” (adapted by Phyllis Boyens, Hazel Dickens and Ken Irwin) sung by Phyllis Boyens
“Hello Coal Miner” (Sarah Ogan Gunning) sung by Sarah Gunning
“Coal Mining Woman” (Hazel Dickens) sung by Hazel Dickens

Produced by Interference Archive.