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John Fahey (February 28, 1939–February 22, 2001) combined American folk, blues, Indian raga, 20th century modernism and European classical into a musical gestalt he called “American Primitive”, establishing a form of classical music (“concert music” as he conceptualized it) for solo steel-string acoustic guitar with the emotive and compositional complexity of kindred classical forms from Arabic, Persian, Turkic, Indic, Malian and other traditions. His efforts to elevate his instrument in this way ran in parallel to his British counterparts like Davey Graham and John Renbourn.

Widely heralded as one of the greatest fingerstyle guitarists of all time, it is rare to find a solo fingerstyle steel-string acoustic guitarist worth their salt that does not cite Fahey as an influence. A very diverse array of artists, including Slint, Cul de Sac (with whom he has also collaborated on a 1997 record), Sonic Youth, and Jim O’Rourke also acknowledge his influence.

Late in his life he began recording increasingly experimental music.


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    you knowwww!

    3 Mar 6:36pm Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    I want to be john fahey

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MykeHawk

    the man

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Words cannot do the Fahey justice.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jls_

    "There is something about guitars — maybe something magical — when played right — which evokes past, mysterious, barely conscious sentiments, both individual and universal. The road to the unconscious past."

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • olylu

    I don't believe in reincarnation, but his music brings back memories of things that never happened to me in this life.

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • fergalmc

    America, is of course fantastic too.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    just watched In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey and it's pretty amazing for a fan. highly recommend it

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    america is probably my favorite

    28 Jun 2014 Reply
  • fergalmc

    In my opinion, there is no way that FFV has the conception, depth and variety of The Voice of the Turtle, The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death or The Yellow Princess. Each to their own, I guess.

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • Steam-Reigns

    Fare Forward is my religious experience as an atheist. Been my favorite record for a few years now, since I first heard it.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Fare forward, my beautiful friends.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Padocore

    His music is like SpongeBob SquarePants Soundtrack on acid.

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    "no no no no no ... yes yes yes yes yes..."

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    fantastic player he was.. sent me places.

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • IncredibleDog

    Никогда бы не подумал что можно те же самые приемы игры использовать ТАК. Просто перевернул мои представления о игре на гитаре. Просто невероятно. Спасибо.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    гениальность его в том, что он играет очень просто, скромно, но при этом это трогает до глубины души, что переводит его в разряд великих мастеров гитары типа хендрикса и дейла (хотя, думаю сам джонни харкнул бы мне в лицо за такую оценку его творчества).

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Monty__

    I seriously doubt that I'll ever hear another guitar piece that moves me as much as Dry Bones in the Valley does. It's the pinnacle of all recorded music.

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    my first fahey was requia, I think it's a good place to start, it's a more relaxed fahey

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Tuntury

    RIP Adam Cooley.

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
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