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John Fahey

g, 1939-2001 US
Musician / Composer of Folk, World and Rock
A.k.a. John Aloysius Fahey Blind Joe Death Blind Thomas R.L. Watson

Born on February 28 1939 in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, John Fahey was an acoustic guitar pioneer, who studied folklore and the techniques of the bluesmen. He is the man who introduced stream of consciousness into folk music and turned folk into classical music, and then made it cross the boundaries of Western and Eastern music. The spiritual father of the "American primitive guitar", Fahey turned the guitar solo into a metaphysical exercise. He set up Takoma Records in 1959 to release not only his own albums but also Leo Kottke's "6 & 12 String Guitar" (1971), an artist with whom he later also collaborated. Fahey contracted the debilitating Epstein-Barr virus in 1986, which severely hampered his career for over 5 years. During this low period, he was championed by alternative artists such as Sonic Youth and Jim O'Rourke, and 'Spin' magazine included a large article on him by Byron Coley in 1994. The albums "City of Refuge" (Tim Kerr, 1997) and "Womblife" (Table Of Elements, 1997) marked his return to recording, showcasing a move into avant-garde, experimental, dissonant electric guitar music, far from his previous progressive-folk style. Fahey died on February 22 2001, Salem, Oregon, USA due to complications following a heart bypass operation.

  • Guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Vocals
  • Folk
  • World
  • Rock
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Sunflower River Blues - Re-Recorded Version on Death Chants, Breakdowns And Military Waltzes by John Fahey
Sligo River Blues - Original Recording on The Legend Of Blind Joe Death by John Fahey
Sunflower River Blues on Death Chants, Breakdowns And Military Waltzes by John Fahey
The Revolt Of The Dyke Brigade on Days Have Gone By, Vol. 6 by John Fahey
Sligo River Blues on The Legend Of Blind Joe Death by John Fahey
Night Train Of Valhalla on Days Have Gone By, Vol. 6 by John Fahey
On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean on The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death by John Fahey
Impressions Of Susan on Days Have Gone By, Vol. 6 by John Fahey
Buck Dancer's Choice on Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You: The Fonotone Years [1958-1965] by John Fahey
On The Banks Of The Owichita on The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites by John Fahey

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Title Artist Year Type
Live In Sausalito 1973John Fahey2015Album
The Transcendental Waterfall: Guitar Excursions 1962-1967John Fahey2014Album
Christmas SoliJohn Fahey2013Compil.
The Barn, University Of California, November 6, 1976John Fahey2012Album
The Jabberwocky Nightclub, Syracuse, NY, July 15,1972John Fahey2012Album
1978 Live At Audimax HamburgJohn Fahey2011Album
Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You: The Fonotone Years (1958-1965)John Fahey2011Compil.
The Guitar Artistry Of John Fahey. On The Sunny Side Of The OceanJohn Fahey2011Album
Twilight On Prince Georges AvenueJohn Fahey2009Compil.
John FaheyJohn Fahey2007Compil.
AddendumJohn Fahey2006Album
Sea Changes & Coelacanths : A Young Person's Guide To John FaheyJohn Fahey2006Compil.
On AirJohn Fahey2005Album
The Sunny Side Of The OceanJohn Fahey2005Compil.
The Guitar Of John Fahey, Volume 2, Taught By John FaheyJohn Fahey2005Album
In Concert And Interviews 1969 & 1996John Fahey2004Album
The Great Santa Barbara Oil SlickJohn Fahey2004Album
The Best Of John Fahey Vol. 2: 1964 - 1983John Fahey2004Compil.
Red Cross Disciple Of Christ TodayJohn Fahey2003Album
Hard Time Empty Bottle Blues (1-4)John Fahey2003Single
HitomiJohn Fahey2000Album
Georgia Stomps, Atlanta Struts, And Other Contemporary Dance FavoritesJohn Fahey1998Album
WomblifeJohn Fahey1997Album
The Epiphany Of Glenn JonesJohn Fahey & Cul de Sac1997Album
City Of RefugeJohn Fahey1997Album
The Mill PondJohn Fahey1997Single
Double 78John Fahey1996Album
Morning / Evening, Not NightJohn Fahey1996Album
Christmas With John FaheyJohn Fahey1994Compil.
Return Of The Repressed: The John Fahey AnthologyJohn Fahey1994Compil.
The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album / Christmas With John Fahey Vol. IIJohn Fahey1993Compil.
Old Girlfriends And Other Horrible MemoriesJohn Fahey1992Album
The John Fahey Christmas AlbumJohn Fahey1991Album
Jouluyö Juhlayö (Silent Night) / Porot Ja KulkusetJohn Fahey / Antero Jakoila1989Single
God, Time And CausalityJohn Fahey1989Album
Takoma Plus OneJohn Fahey & Maria Muldaur1987Compil.
I Remember Blind Joe DeathJohn Fahey1987Album
Rain Forests, Oceans, And Other ThemesJohn Fahey1985Album
Let GoJohn Fahey1984Album
Popular Songs Of Christmas & New Year'sJohn Fahey With Terry Robb1983Album
Railroad IJohn Fahey1983Album
Christmas Guitar - Volume OneJohn Fahey1982Album
Live In TasmaniaJohn Fahey1981Album
Yes! Jesus Loves Me - Guitar HymnsJohn Fahey1980Album
Visits Washington, D.C.John Fahey1979Album
The Best Of John Fahey 1959 - 1977John Fahey1977Compil.
Christmas With John Fahey Volume IIJohn Fahey1975Album
Leo Kottke / Peter Lang / John FaheyLeo Kottke / Peter Lang / John Fahey1974Album
The Essential John FaheyJohn Fahey1974Compil.
Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice)John Fahey1973Album
Jo Ann KellyJo-Ann Kelly With John Fahey, Woody Mann, John Miller, Alan Seidler1972Album
AmericaJohn Fahey1971Album
FinlandiaJohn Fahey1968Single
The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas AlbumJohn Fahey1968Album
The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas AlbumJohn Fahey1968Album
The Yellow PrincessJohn Fahey1968Album
Volume 6 / Days Have Gone ByJohn Fahey1968Album
The Voice Of The TurtleJohn Fahey1968Album
Contemporary Guitar - Spring '67Robbie Basho / John Fahey / Max Ochs / Harry Taussig / Bukka White1967Album
The Early SessionsJohn Fahey1967Compil.
Volume 5 - The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe DeathJohn Fahey1967Album
RequiaJohn Fahey1967Album
Guitar Vol. 4 / The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party And Other ExcursionsJohn Fahey1966Album
Vol 3 / Dance Of Death & Other Plantation FavoritesJohn Fahey1965Album
Death Chants, Break Downs & Military WaltzesJohn Fahey1964Album
Blind Joe DeathJohn Fahey1964Album
Blind Joe DeathJohn Fahey1959Album
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