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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 in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur. Interviewees include Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen. (c) First Run Features

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

September 5, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

If you didn't already admire his music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary.

August 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fahey-who died in 2001 at age 61-is depicted as a unique explorer who was in constant search of his next sonic revelation.

August 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Newcomers and fans alike will find a lot to treasure here.

March 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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

November 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

September 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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