Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 02 September 2013 00:00

Good music drives 'In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey'

Good music drives 'In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey' www.johnfaheyfilm.com
Written by Diane Carson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

About this Media...

A delightful trip down memory lane, "In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey" loosely chronicles Fahey's career, with the added joy of listening to his music. The Who's Pete Townshend begins with a definitive observation, saying Fahey "created a new language, modally speaking, harmonically speaking, and if that's not an iconoclast, I don't know what is."

Director James Cullingham's documentary goes on to prove the accuracy of that statement, tracing Fahey's musical roots from his playing the clarinet in high school to the origins of Blind Joe Death, from his fascination with Delta blues artists to slide techniques and finger picking his acoustic steel string guitar. Never playing it safe, Fahey forged his eclectic style, sampling before people used that term, always evolving, integrating what and whom he loved: Charles Ives, Rod Stewart, New Orleans jazz, American 20s and 30s musical roots, and found sound.

At one point Fahey stopped playing, not wanting to repeat himself, saying he "doesn't have a career, doesn't want a career, never had a career." In fact, impacted by his father's pedophilia, Fahey admits to compensating with drugs and booze. "The Saga of John Fahey" honors Fahey's life with gorgeous footage of what John considered sacred: woods and streams, oak trees and turtles, especially his beloved turtles. Terrific animation adds humor, with archival footage of Fahey and interviews with Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Dean Blackwell, Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen) and many others.

The Fahey documentary is preceded by Steve Okazaki's "Approximately Nels Cline," a 27 minute sampling of Cline's improvisational, avant-garde music, informed by comments from Cline, among other musicians. The St. Louis premiere of "In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey," preceded by "Approximately Nels Cline" is at Webster University's Winifred Moore auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th. For more information, you may call 314-968-7487 or on the web at: Webster.edu/filmseries.
 

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

May
Thursday
28

KDHX Discovery Series: Soul-Jazz and its Resurgence with Andy Coco

This multimedia session led by KDHX DJ Andy Coco of The Rhythm Section, explores the invention of the soul-jazz genre, its influence, and its contemporary resurgence. With live music from The Provels.   The Discovery...


May
Saturday
30

Brunch at the Stage: The Ozark Highballers

KDHX is now curating a Saturday brunch series at the Stage with live music from local musicians and delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks from the Magnolia Café. Brunch at the Stage takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m....


May
Saturday
30

Official Pride St. Louis Kick Off Party

Please be our guest for this event at the only Official Pride St Louis Kick Off Party. Enjoy a complimentary bar featuring Pinnacle Vodka, Cruzan Rum, Sauza Tequlia, Jagermeister and Jagermeister Spice, Red Bull, select beers from...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

5 users and 13402 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook