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HOW BLUEGRASS MUSIC DESTROYED MY LIFE

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ISBN13: 9780965618328
ISBN10: 0965618323
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A collection of fictional but semi-autobiographical stories, this work comes from one of the most influential guitarists in music history. The tales are recalled in a conversational, feverish tone, following the musician in his childhood and young adulthood in post-World War II suburbia, pausing along the way for moments of clarity and introspection. The stories resist categorization—part memoir, part personal essay, part fiction, and part manifesto they simply stand alone, having their own logic, religious dogma, and mythological history.

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“Fahey's writing flickers with the same black humor and ambivalent mysticism that imbues his music.”  —Bill Meyer, music critic, Chicago Reader

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Trimalchio in West Egg, January 17, 2013 (view all comments by Trimalchio in West Egg)
Blind Joe Death meets the printed page; fascinating drawling prose from the most erudite master of the steel string acoustic guitar. Who would have thought he would grace paper with ink as eloquently as he touched the inspired strings of his guitar. His UCLA master's thesis: "A textual and musicological analysis of the repertoire of Charley Patton" and the other two books deserve a look see. Don't forget the music that informed his vision here on Wikipedia: John_Fahey_discography
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rkm, December 26, 2007 (view all comments by rkm)
This book starts off somewhat slow but once you are in it grabs you. And you soon realize the imagination of John Fahey is going to screw with your head. You will not know what is true and what is false, what is fact or fiction, what is dream or reality. Is this a memoir of a gifted and troubled musician? Or, is this a collection of stories from a strange brain? Either way, it is amazing writing from an amazing artist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780965618328
Author:
Fahey, John
Publisher:
Drag City
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Stories (single author)
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
106-369
Publication Date:
20000415
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
291
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.50 in 1.00 lb

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