In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
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Showings
Hollywood TheatreSat, Oct 20, 2012 7:00 PM
The Portland premiere of the feature documentary about composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey (1939-2001). The film combines live action and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a great artist. John Fahey began his musical journey in the Washington, D.C. area. His path would take him throughout the Mississippi Delta looking for musicians and the recordings they’d made in the 1920s and 30s. He spent much of his adult life based in Los Angeles, and Salem, Oregon. The recording companies that Fahey founded set enduring standards for independent music production. Fahey made a fundamental contribution to the global understanding of classical American musics such as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass, New Orleans jazz and “Gothic industrial ambience”. FEATURING Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and radio personality Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen.
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Series
Series:Sound + Vision
Links
Trailer:View Here
Website:In Search...
Film Info
Genre:Documentary
Music
Language:English
Cast & Crew
Director:James Cullingham
Perform. By:Chris Funk
Sponsor(s)
Sponsor(s):Lagunitas Brewing
Description

Chris Funk from The Decemberists Performs Fahey Tribute Set Before Film

A feature documentary about the tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey (1939-2001). The film combines live action and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a great artist.

THE MAN Fahey began his musical journey in the Washington, D.C. area. His path would take him throughout the Mississippi Delta looking for musicians and the recordings they’d made in the 1920s and 30s. He spent much of his adult life based in Los Angeles, and Salem, OR, when not performing throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The recording companies that Fahey founded, Takoma and Revenant, set enduring standards for independent music production.

THE MYTH John Fahey is known as "the father of American Primitive Guitar." Some think of him as a foundational figure in American folk music. Fahey himself, however, insisted, "I am not a folk, how can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs." There’s no question that his playing and compositions are superb. Fahey, as both musician and musicologist, made a fundamental contribution to the global understanding of classical American music such as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.

FEATURING Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen.


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