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Dance of death : the life of John Fahey, American guitarist

Author: Steve Lowenthal; David Fricke
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the life of an iconic acoustic guitarist and delves into his successes and struggles with addiction and mental instability. John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most of them featuring only his solo steel-string guitar. He fused elements of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John Fahey; John Fahey; John Fahey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Lowenthal; David Fricke
ISBN: 9781613745199 1613745192 9781613738795 161373879X
OCLC Number: 863596658
Description: xv, 221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : portraits, illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / David Fricke --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
When the catfish is in bloom --
Sunflower river blues --
The legend of Blind Joe Death --
On the sunny side of the ocean --
Poor boy long way from home --
Voice of the turtle --
View east from the top of the Riggs Road B&O trestle --
Old fashioned love --
Let go --
When springtime comes again --
Dance of the inhabitants --
Red cross --
Epilogue: I remember Blind Joe Death.
Responsibility: Steve Lowenthal.

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Explores the life of an iconic acoustic guitarist and delves into his successes and struggles with addiction and mental instability. John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most of them featuring only his solo steel-string guitar. He fused elements of folk, blues, and experimental composition, taking familiar American sounds and recontextualising them as something entirely new. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years researching Fahey's life and music, talking with his producers, his friends, his peers, his wives, his business partners, and many others. He describes Fahey's battles with stage fright, alcohol, and prescription pills; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and how, despite his troubles, he managed to found a record label that won Grammys and remains critically revered. This portrait of a troubled and troubling man in a constant state of creative flux is not only a biography but also the compelling story of a great American outcast.

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