John Fahey - In Concert and Interviews 1969 & 1996
by John Fahey
Fahey (a.k.a. Blind Joe Death) has been called the father of American
Primitive Guitar. He brought a force and inventiveness to his
compositions and playing that is firmly rooted in country blues and
folk traditions. We open this DVD with a 1969 appearance on Laura
Weber's Guitar, Guitar TV show. John talks about his sources of
inspiration, guitar styles and techniques and general thoughts on
playing. He performs In Christ There Is No East Or West, The Death Of
The Clayton Peacock, Red Pony, Farther Along and other solos. We then
jump thirty years to a concert John gave at the Freight & Salvage
in Berkeley, California. His physical appearance has changed but his
approach and guitar style are still the same. John performs his "hits"
but he is not afraid to explore and extend these compositions to new
areas and boundaries. Together with his audience he travels the musical
highways that have influenced his playing and composing. This is the
magic of John Fahey. "I try to keep changing my pieces each
performance. If I get to having fun changing it, especially the
syncopation and dynamics, then the audience really gets off on it, and
it sounds like an orchestra."
DON'T MISS THIS CLASSIC...this is the guy who started it all!!!! Editors PICK!