Friday, November 19, 2010

You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.

John Fahey's contribution to American music is extensive, underrated, and difficult to encompass in a short blog post. Ranked number 35 in Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists of all time, John Fahey was the main pioneer in solo steel string guitar prowess. Often incorporating folk, blues, Brazilian, Portuguese, and even Indian sounds into his work, Fahey's original compositions paved the road for what is now known as "Primitivism" (also a term used in painting), used to describe a self-taught and minimalist style of play. Fahey, known for his aloofness and dry humor, could be described as living the typical "tormented artist" life. Despite his musical genius, his true musical credit was established only after his death; he suffered poor health, and lived mainly in poverty. During the worst of his health battles, Fahey would often live in cheap motels and relied on income made from pawning guitars and selling rare albums he found in thrift stores. Aside from the sad aspects of Fahey's career, his music is a peaceful and soothing listen.

thankfully someone posted this version on youtube. only 94 views so far.

shoutout to Har Pottttt

harmonica battle -these are awesome thanks Sarah

heard this at the Wiz opening had to find it

fave comment under this "I always thought this song reminded me of Ewoks."

word to the drum. Malcolm and Martin.

off the new j. cole mixtape


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