In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (2013)

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Known as the father of American primitive guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass, New Orleans jazz and even industrial and electronica, influencing everyone from Glenn Jones to Sonic Youth. IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
Written By: James Cullingham
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On DVD: Nov 19, 2013
Box Office: $4.9k
Runtime:
First Run Features - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

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Cullingham reveals both psychological and aesthetic reasons for Fahey's determination to remain a remote iconoclast sheltered by mystique.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Seattle Times
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If you didn't already admire his music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
New York Times
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Fahey-who died in 2001 at age 61-is depicted as a unique explorer who was in constant search of his next sonic revelation.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
Village Voice
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Newcomers and fans alike will find a lot to treasure here.

Full Review… | March 24, 2015
Film Journal International

An impressive documentary on the guitar artistry of John Fahey who described himself as a spiritual detective.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

As Pete Townshend says at one point here, Fahey "created a new language" for the guitar.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Reason Online

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