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Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist

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John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most of them featuring only his solo steel-string guitar. He fused elements of folk, blues, and experimental composition, taking familiar American sounds and recontextualizing them as something entirely new. Yet despite his stature as a groundbreaking visionary, Faheys intentions—as a man and as an artist—remain largely unexamined. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years researching Faheys life and music, talking with his producers, his friends, his peers, his wives, his business partners, and many others. He describes Faheys battles with stage fright, alcohol, and prescription pills; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and how, despite his troubles, he managed to found a record label that won Grammys and remains critically revered. This portrait of a troubled and troubling man in a constant state of creative flux is not only a biography but also the compelling story of a great American outcast.

About the Author

Steve Lowenthal started and ran the music magazine Swingset; his writing has also been published in Fader, Spin, Vice, and the Village Voice. He ran the record label Plastic for five years and currently runs the VDSQ label, which specializes in solo instrumental acoustic guitar music. He lives in New York City. David Fricke is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine.

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ISBN:
9781613745199
Author:
Lowenthal, Steve
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Author:
Fricke, David
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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