The Appalachia Issue

  • LBJ Day

    This memoir of Lyndon B. Johnson's visit to Kentucky was handwritten by Inez, Kentucky native Shelba Pack Brown on April 24, 1964. We maintained the spelling and grammar just as it was because we like the way it sounds. That's all. It's not to be funny.

  • After The Mines

    I started working in the mines in about '69 or '70, when I was 17 years old. I just worked part-time during the summer.

  • To Live & Die

    We went up to the St Ann's area of Nottingham late on Saturday night to talk to a family who live in a council house on a notorious road called Kingsthorpe Close. While we were driving there, the white taxi driver told us that he hoped we were wearing...

  • Ten Years' Bad Luck

    I lived in Columbus most of my life, though I was born down here in Kentucky. I moved back up here four years ago to help my dad. He lives next door. He's getting a little older-you know how that gets.

  • The Coober Pedy Issue

    For this issue of VICE we spent a week living in the amazing contradiction of an outback town that is Coober Pedy.

  • Get The Hell Out

    My whole family worked in the mine. My dad, my step dad, and my mum. My grandfather still works there. He's taking care of closing the mine. I'm 23 now, but when I was about 15 I was a cleaner in the mine. It felt safe since my whole family was there.

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  • The Lone DJ

    Beyond the odd jukebox, it's not easy to get a music fix in Coober Pedy. We spent our first few days looking for a local band to interview, or maybe a record store of some sort, and found absolutely nada.

  • Paper Boy Blues

    I started to get into pop music in the early 80s and, to me, Rumble Strips sound like all my favourite groups from that time of industrial disputes, yuppies and riots.

  • Radford Boys

    I'm a Radford boy. I was born here in Sinnon Street, Radford, at home. There were no hospital births in those days.

  • In Memoriam

    This was in The Meadows housing estate. A couple of weeks previously, Nathan Williams, aged 17, was shot in the estate's shopping centre. It was broad daylight and witnesses say it was after an argument over a pushbike.

  • Killing Students

    I first saw Friendly Fires live a few years ago at The Dublin Castle in Camden when the band were still at university and went under the awful name First Day Back.

  • LBJ Day

    This memoir of Lyndon B. Johnson's visit to Kentucky was handwritten by Inez, Kentucky native Shelba Pack Brown on April 24, 1964. We maintained the spelling and grammar just as it was because we like the way it sounds. That's all. It's not to be funny.