once upon a time. the romantic face of coal….

This gem of an interview contains a surprisingly beautiful description of harsh times in Wales (UK) described by miner’s son Richard Burton [Dick Cavett Show 1980]

Richard Burton reading (the stuff of dreams)…..from ‘The Tempest’ by Shakespeare

Richard Burton [first voice] reading Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas – Welsh poet, born in Swansea.
Under Milk Wood

Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in the village of Pontrhydyfen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. He grew up in a working class, Welsh-speaking household, the 12th of 13 children. His mother died in childbirth when Richard was two. His father (also named Richard Walter Jenkins) was a short, robust coal miner, a “twelve-pints-a-day man” who sometimes went off on drinking and gambling sprees for weeks. Burton,who was brought up by an older sister claimed that “He looked very much like me … That is, he was pockmarked, devious, and smiled a great deal when he was in trouble. He was, also, a man of extraordinary eloquence, tremendous passion, great violence.”

more: Wikipedia

8 thoughts on “once upon a time. the romantic face of coal….

  1. I loved this. I come from a mining valley Andy father worked for the coal board but as a pit-head engineer. Burton reading Undermilk Wood is sheer beauty.


  2. This is wonderful. I love to hear Burton’s voice and on such an important subject. I think you know I lived in Wales for 12 years and love the Welsh and the country. Hope you enjoyed this glorious day.x


  3. Interesting to hear Richard Burton talk about the beauty of coal mining, it’s not something I ever would have guessed about him. I enjoyed it, Gill, espec. the details about striking the coal face. Thank you. 🙂


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