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Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist by Steve Lowenthal,David Fricke

By Steve Lowenthal,David Fricke

John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was once to the electrical: the fellow whom all next musicians needed to take heed to. Fahey made greater than forty albums among 1959 and his demise in 2001, most of them that includes basically his solo steel-string guitar. He fused parts of people, blues, and experimental composition, taking known American sounds and recontextualizing them as anything solely new. but regardless of his stature as a groundbreaking visionary, Fahey’s intentions—as a guy and as an artist—remain principally unexamined. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years getting to know Fahey’s lifestyles and tune, conversing together with his manufacturers, his pals, his friends, his better halves, his enterprise companions, etc. He describes Fahey’s battles with degree fright, alcohol, and prescription drugs; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and the way, regardless of his problems, he controlled to discovered a checklist label that received Grammys and continues to be severely respected. This portrait of a stricken and troubling guy in a continuing country of inventive flux isn't just a biography but in addition the compelling tale of an excellent American outcast.

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