In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

Official Selection London Raindance Film Festival
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The legendary American guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey is often considered the godfather of 'American primitive guitar'. This documentary features Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. These stellar musicians, along with Fahey associates and friends such as the famous 'Dr. Demento', radio broadcaster Barry Hansen, explore the legacy of this profoundly influential artist. The film was recorded in the Washington D.C. area where John Fahey was born, along the Mississippi Delta from Memphis to New Orleans, in Los Angeles, Toronto, Austin, New York and in Oregon where Fahey spent his last two decades.

Written & Directed By: James Cullingham
Starring: John Fahey, Terry Robb, Pete Townshend, Joey Burns, Dean Blackwood, Chris Funk
Aspects: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts

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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
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    Official Selection London Raindance Film Festival

    The legendary American guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey is often considered the godfather of 'American primitive guitar'. This documentary features Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. These s...

Extras

  • John Fahey on "The Great Factory"

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    In this audio excerpt from Ayal Senior's 1999 Interview, John Fahey describes his lifelong vision of "The Great Factory".

  • John Fahey on Religion

    In this audio excerpt from Ayal Senior's 1999 Interview, John Fahey shares how he sees the relationship between religion and creativity.

  • John Fahey on "The Great Koonaklaster"

    In this audio excerpt from Ayal Senior's 1999 Interview, John Fahey talks about the inspiration behind "The Great Koonaklaster".

  • John Fahey on Collecting Records

    In this audio excerpt from Ayal Senior's 1999 Interview, John Fahey talks about collecting records and books.

  • Extended Interview: Pete Townshend

    In this extended interview with The Who's Pete Townshend, you'll hear what he believes makes Fahey's mystique so seminal.

  • Extended Interview: Dean Blackwood

    Dean Blackwood, Co-Founder of Revenant Records, recounts his history with John Fahey

  • Performance: George Winston

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    George Winston performs "Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend" by John Fahey on harmonica and then on piano.

  • Extended Interview: Chris Funk

    In this extended interview with Chris Funk of The Decemberists, you'll hear what happened when he met Fahey for the first time.

  • Performance: Chris Funk

    Chris Funk of the Decemberists performs Fahey's "Death of the Clayton Peacock"

  • Performance: Terry Robb

    Producer and guitarist Terry Robb plays John Fahey's "When the Springtime Comes Again" on John Fahey's guitar

  • Extended Interview: Joe Bussard

    Joe Bussard, the founder of Fonotone Records, shares the experience of his antique Edison record player.

  • Performance: Joe Bussard

    Joe Bussard performs an untitled instrumental traditional on the guitar.

  • Performance: Stefan Grossman

    Stefan Grossman performs "The Assassination of John Fahey"

  • Performance: Jimmy Crosthwait

    Jimmy Crosthwait performs "A Tribute to John Fahey".

  • Extended Interview & Performance: Tim Knight

    In this extended interview, Tim Knight performs "Peace for Eden Davis" and tells you about what happened the day Fahey died.