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John Fahey

Born on 28 February '39, the guitarist reinterprets archetypal American musical styles, as well as folk and classical music, in a way that is as idiosyncratic as it is wonderful. Fahey, who graduated on blues singer Charley Patton, puts technical virtuosity in the service of music. Not infrequently, he integrates sound tapes (REQUIA) and historical field recordings (THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE). Mythologies told on covers contribute to the alienating character of the man's records, some of which are released under the recurring alter ego Blind Joe Death. THE LEGEND OF BLIND JOE DEATH appears in an edition of one hundred copies and is re-released several times in the sixties in a modified form. AMERICA, meant to be a double album, appears as such only in '98. Partly under the influence of rediscovery by young avant-gardists, records from CITY OF REFUGE onwards are more experimental. WOMBLIFE is with Jim O'Rourke. Fahey plays electric guitar on GEORGIA STOMPS, ATLANTA STRUTS and HITOMI. Fahey is an authority in the field of pre-war blues and folk, also called 'raw primitive' by him. Obscure recordings (of a.o. Stanley Brothers and Dock Boggs) appear on his own Revenant label. As a result of complications after heart surgery, Fahey died on 22 February '01. Posthumously, the beautiful RED CROSS was released.

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