By Steve Lowenthal, David Fricke
John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix used to be to the electrical: the fellow whom all next musicians needed to hearken to. Fahey made greater than forty albums among 1959 and his demise in 2001, so much of them that includes in basic terms his solo steel-string guitar. He fused components of people, blues, and experimental composition, taking regular American sounds and recontextualizing them as whatever totally 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 gaining knowledge of Fahey's lifestyles and tune, speaking together with his manufacturers, his associates, his friends, his better halves, his enterprise companions, and so forth. He describes Fahey's battles with level fright, alcohol, and prescription capsules; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and the way, regardless of his issues, he controlled to discovered a list label that gained Grammys and is still significantly respected. This portrait of a stricken and troubling guy in a continuing kingdom of artistic flux isn't just a biography but in addition the compelling tale of an exceptional American outcast.
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