"In Search of Blind Joe Death"

Friday, August 16, 2013

Director James Cullingham talks about his documentary, “In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey.” Both musician and musicologist, Fahey contributed to our understanding 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. It's playing at Cinema Village.


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Comments [4]

hairyapple from redding, ct

My memory is not clear as to the year but it had to be about 1965 and a few of us, in our late teens, were already quite familiar with John Fahey and Blind Joe Death. One of our number had secured an apartment in NYC and wrote to Mr Fahey and inviting him to stay if he was ever in NY and in need of accommodations.

Well, one day soon after, there was a knock at the door and standing in the hallway was a man with a guitar case who introduced himself as John Fahey and was taking them up on the offer. They drank beer and talked and John played some. Those two kept up their relationship, mostly by mail, for years afterward. I don't know how it ended or if my facts are totally correct, but the story is, at least in theoverview substantially correct.

Aug. 16 2013 01:36 PM

Have either Mr. Fahey or the guest ever appeared with Bob Fass, the legendary host of "Radio Unnameable"? (who is claimed to have been the first to introduce Bob Dylan to a radio audience)

Aug. 16 2013 01:19 PM

"many consider John Fahey to be founding father of American music."


Someone born as late as 1939 could be considered [The*]"founding father of American music"?

*Note this obvious omission in the intro at the top of the page.

Aug. 16 2013 01:16 PM
shishi quishi

since the promotional introduction for the interview about the documentary about John Fahey emphasizes the Delta Blues influenced and homage stage of Fahey's music, does the documentary also recognize the influence on especially this stage of his musical development and performance of Pat Sullivan. If so, how? If not, why?

Aug. 16 2013 12:34 PM

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