A Piece of History named Popcorn Sutton

Disinfonaut Echar and I were cutting up when I bumped into this and knew I had to share it. This is a few years old so you may have seen it. Since the film tells the story, I won’t.

My words fail me for a closing comment, but this lady said it rather well;

Popcorn, rest in peace. You and your kind are missed by some of us. (And I don’t drink!)

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  • Rusty Shackelford

    I live in Haywood County less than 20 mins from where Sutton lived. I know lots of people that bought from him, and he’s literally a legend around here. One of the kindest hearted folks you could know.

    • Ittabena

      How is is his wife Pam doing? And is the Outta Luck band still playing in the area? Assuming they are local…

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m not gonna watch any video over an hour long
    that doesn’t open with a guy playing a didgeridoo in front of a giant replica of a penis

    • Ittabena

      You don’t need to watch it, but it needs to be here.

      • BuzzCoastin

        it was an inside joke
        but I did think the music video was a great synopsis
        and I do think this type of oppression
        has gone on long enough
        it’s time wee did what the Whiskey Rebels did
        withdraw for cover and ignore them as much as possible

        • Ittabena

          I’m with ya Buzz, just didn’t get the reference.

          This guy was his own humble embodiment of our good ole American Dream. He made what everyone wanted, they were his friends for his doing that, and no one was angry with him except the law. And I’ll wager he didn’t have to twist any arms to get them to buy it. Prolly hunted him down for it.

          The judge ended his life so that he could protect powerful corporate interests (which weren’t really being hurt) and to serve the law, even though the community wished otherwise. Popcorn just made the end official. I can’t blame him. Can you imagine the hell that this man would have gone through in prison?

          Sometimes I wonder if we didn’t get the whole hell thing wrong. Sometimes this place does a pretty good impression of the infernal region. Popcorn and his story brings a tear to my eye.

          I’ve met a lot of these types of characters. And when I do, I become their friends. The other night Ed, our 90 year old neighbor was feeling down in the dumps and thought he was seen as a loudmouth and in everyone’s way. I stopped what I was doing at work and reminded Ed that he jumped in the cold Snoqualmie River twice to save people from drowning. Once he was too late, but one fella he saved. I explained to Ed that he was a hero, a goddamn hero, and that, that never ever went away.

          “Yeah, that never goes away, does it?” he asked me, feeling a little better.

          “No Ed, it doesn’t. And if everyone in town forgets that, I won’t, and I will be damn happy to remind their sorry asses of it.”

          Ed is only slightly over four feet tall, but he walked out of that store a very tall man that night, and he sure wasn’t down in the dumps anymore.

          I wish I had met Popcorn.

          • echar

            I have a lot of respect for the old school.

    • kowalityjesus

      holy fuck, that has to be the funniest thing I’ve read in my life.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the first mass protest against the United States of America Inc
    was the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791
    hardly a rebellion

    ” With 13,000 militia provided by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Washington rode at the head of an army to suppress the insurgency. The rebels all went home before the arrival of the army, and there was no confrontation. About 20 men were arrested, but all were later acquitted or pardoned.

    The Whiskey Rebellion demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws. The whiskey excise remained difficult to collect, however. ”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion

    The Land of the Free not

  • echar

    I’ll need to watch the full movie tomorrow, great find. Here’s Alabama’s take on Moonshine.

    Drive By Truckers – Where the Devil Don’t Stay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7H4ot7WIs

    • Ittabena

      Evidently Discovery ran a show featuring him in 2012, but it probably was mostly excerpts from this film. And he put out a book; “Me and My Likker” by Popcorn Sutton. Spybot is not letting me on Kat.

      Zenc, where are you?

      • echar

        That’s gotta be a good book.

  • Ittabena

    This is just a Goddamn sin!

  • Blonde Lebanese

    Popcorn Sutton, best damned moonshiner in the Appalachian Mountains! The man knew of what he spoke!!

  • kowalityjesus

    I just watched the whole damn thing, damned if I didn’t pull out my own bottle.

    The chronicles of a truly cultured individual becoming a legal liability and a hipster commodity.

  • echar

    He got them with that Epsom salt.

  • sonicbphuct

    I particularly liked the part where he pulls out the “branch lettuce” and tells us it makes for good eatin’ with some onions, hot grease and some cornbread. Then puts it back and says, “I don’t believe in wastin’ nuttin’.”

    Green before there was an industry around it.

  • sonicbphuct

    I particularly liked the part where he pulls out the “branch lettuce” and tells us it makes for good eatin’ with some onions, hot grease and some cornbread. Then puts it back and says, “I don’t believe in wastin’ nuttin’.”

    Green before there was an industry around it.