John fahey is hardly a household name yet it is surprising that this is the first biography of the idiosyncratic acoustic guitarist fahey who died in 2011 was a singular if peculiar figure in the music world a cult figure really. 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. Dance of death the life of john fahey american guitarist is his story and the heretofore untold anecdotes about him by the people closest to him delta slider asked me to prepare some thoughts on my journey toward writing this book for johns 75th birthday. In his new book dance of death the life of john fahey american guitarist author steve lowenthal cites a review of john faheys performance at hunter college in new york by the village voices paul nelson in 1975 his guitar playing is a deliberate mixture of psychology order mythology poetry and genre all very exact with the meaning entirely between the lines. Steve lowenthal faheys excellent biographer his dance of death the life of john fahey american guitarist is out in paperback this month understands faheys music as a
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