In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
Known as the father of American primitive guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass, New Orleans jazz and even industrial and electronica, influencing everyone from Glenn Jones to Sonic Youth. IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author… More

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"Cullingham reveals both psychological and aesthetic reasons for Fahey's determination to remain a remote iconoclast sheltered by mystique."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"An impressive documentary on the guitar artistry of John Fahey who described himself as a spiritual detective."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you didn't already admire his music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"As Pete Townshend says at one point here, Fahey "created a new language" for the guitar."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"Fahey-who died in 2001 at age 61-is depicted as a unique explorer who was in constant search of his next sonic revelation."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
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