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Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist

Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist [Kindle Edition]

Steve Lowenthal , David Fricke

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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. He fused elements of folk, blues, and experimental composition, taking familiar American sounds and recontextualizing them as something entirely new. Yet despite his stature as a groundbreaking visionary, Fahey’s intentions—as a man and as an artist—remain largely unexamined. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years researching Fahey’s life and music, talking with his producers, his friends, his peers, his wives, his business partners, and many others. He describes Fahey’s battles with stage fright, alcohol, and prescription pills; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and how, despite his troubles, he managed to found a record label that won Grammys and remains critically revered. This portrait of a troubled and troubling man in a constant state of creative flux is not only a biography but also the compelling story of a great American outcast.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1663 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Chicago Review Press (1. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00K4JX1JE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home 19. Mai 2014
Von Tat - Ace - Veröffentlicht auf
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I went with 5 stars because it is a well written book and I didn't feel disappointed that I spent twenty bucks for the privilege of reading it. I sat down with it in the morning and, aside from a few breaks went through it from cover to cover by bedtime at 11PM. Say that to say that the text flowed and held my interest. Of course only a Fahey devotee would be interested in reading a 188 page biography of this man. A great and innovative guitarist but flawed human being, like as we all are.

I was introduced to his Takoma releases beginning with Blind Joe Death in the early 1970s. I would be classified as one of those aging hippies he disliked because they wanted him to continue to play the same stuff he had composed in the 1950s. I remember being put off by his liner notes with the 'put ons' that he wrote.

I recall his editorials in Guitar Player magazine way back then, with phrases including, "the ontological fixity," drew a lot of ridicule from readers who commented in letters to the editor. They thought him pretentious if I remember correctly. Of course Fahey would have classified such critics as the "midgets" he said he was surrounded by, and maybe that is right.

So it is a sad story of a man whom I suppose you could accurately say was a tortured genius, whose personal demons derailed his life. I am curious as to why the author didn't include more on Fahey's relationship with Stefan Grossman. He recorded a live concert for Grossman, and a guitar lesson series, with an interview. Bottom line is for those who are curious as to the life of John Fahey I recommend the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You want this book, I know you do 21. Mai 2014
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Lowenthal is a writer's writer. If he wrote a book on, say, the insects of Uruguay, he'd keep your interest long past the point when you'd decided to put the thing down. Here he does the subject justice, and then some. But what a subject! Even after reading his two frightening semi-fictional autobiographies, I had no idea how strange this man's story really was, with huge ups and crushing downs. This book opens new doors to the man, and is a stunnlngly told tale of genius, spirituality, mental illness and addiction. It honors his contribution to music, and is full of surprises, pleasant and otherwise. If his music speaks to you, get this book.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Chinese whispers. . .2nd. rate 3rd. degree anecdotes. 16. August 2014
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OK folks, I'll keep this short. . .
What's with all these obnoxious 5 star reviews! -you're supposed to be grading the book -not John Fahey!
I am a massive Fahey fan.
This tedious book is obviously the work of one of them 'researchers' bent on CONTEXTUALIZATION.
I guess one has to know Fahey in order to know who doesn't know Fahey. . .Lowenthal does not know Fahey; this book is nothing more than a "research paper".
I'm only on page 167. . .I don't think I can take much more. . .so I flip to the last page -only to again be affronted by the vile words 'sonic youth' -what the heck are the words 'sonic youth' doing in the last couple of sentences of a Fahey biography (albeit via some cheesy rolling stone article)!
This book is a shallow hipster take on Fahey, and reads like a high school term paper -with its pretentious cliches and tedious grammatical choices. . . I guess Lowenthal is no J.D. Salinger fan.
Lowenthal doesn't get it -he doesn't know what he's talking about. . .he's merely repeating the opinions of others: "no one embodied the professional, technical guitar player better than Stefan Grossman" = BS -Grossman is a terrible terrible terrible guitar player -and Fahey knew it.
Lowenthal does not know Fahey's work, nor does he love it.
And what's this rubbish about Grisman being the Dead's lyricist. . .take that Robert Hunter & John Barlow!
Far too much waffling on about insignificant people who appeared quite late in Fahey's life. . .like more than a page of waffle just about Jim O'Rourke. . .and all that tripey waffle on pages 141-142, etc.
And in such a short book, there's over 4 pages of waffle about The Yellow Princess (because somebody told Lowenthal that it's Fahey's best album -however, it is not).
Some of Fahey's record covers feature some very very classic & cool artwork. Conversely, the most HORRID album cover in Fahey's entire canon is The Yellow Princess, yet Lowenthal is quite taken with it and describes it like a sycophantic sixth-grader: "The album cover is a colorful abstract representation of the album notes, with drawings of Fahey playing guitar, the mast of the clipper ship towering in the foreground, a turtle blending into the background." . . ."drawings"? -it is a single albeit ugly drawing. . .and is the turtle actually blending?. . .and isn't that Fahey's dead cat, Lion?
Lowenthal is no aesthete. . .so how can he be trusted to write about beauty and its creator.
It's always condescending when conventional people write about unconventional geniuses.
I wish Peter Guralnick would write a Fahey biography.
Can I get a witness.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen “He may have traveled west, but the ghosts of Takoma Park still roamed the highways of Fahey’s mind…" 5. Juni 2014
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Superb book about a troubled genius. Author Steve Lowenthal does a perfect job at laying out the amazing details of Mr. Fahey's turbulent life. An astounding amount of research went into this biography, and it shows. If you're a fan of the avant-guard guitar master, the music industry, or just music itself.. I implore you to check this out. I read it in one sitting. A fantasic book, about an interesting, eccentric entertainer written in a clear yet thought prokoking way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent! 29. Mai 2014
Von Fahey afficionado - Veröffentlicht auf
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Well written by an author who got down to a lot of the basic sources, especially the women in Fahey's life. Sweeping detail about a life that went awry... but the music he composed and played can never be denied. Best Fahey biography out there!
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