In Search Of Blind Joe Death

Film Title

In Search Of Blind Joe Death, The Saga Of John Fahey


Friday 28 September 12:30
Saturday 29 September 20:15
Thursday 4 October 20:00


58 mins

Director: James Cullingham Country: Canada
Writer: James Cullingham Original Format: DVD
Dir. of Photography: Igal Hecht Print Source: James Cullingham
Producer: James Cullingham, Monica Szentszky, Tina Witham
Cast: -

World Premiere

John Fahey was born in 1939, he bought his first guitar when he was 13 years old and taught himself to play by listening to records of finger picking blues artists from the 20s and 30s. Over a 50 year career Fahey became a hugely influential figure in the classic American music scene and created a highly individual sound known as 'American Primitive' - a term Fahey himself laughed at.

Inspiring generations of musicians, Fahey's fans include Beck and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth who cite Fahey as a formative presence, and the film also features interviews with the likes of Pete Townshend from The Who and Chris Funk from The Decemberists.

Fahey himself was a beguiling presence: he passed away in 2001 but crops up across this documentary in various interview clips from throughout his career, showcasing a dry, self-effacing sense of humour. Recollections from friends and former partners (both business and matrimonial) however, cast a light on his darker sides and more erratic traits.

There is something strangely deferential about Fahey - he states at one point that nobody is really an entertainer by choice, and suggests that his creative impulses are as in control of him as he is of them. It is this feeling perhaps that contributes to the distinctive sound of his music: a hypnotic mix of beauty and sadness.


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