In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (2013)

  • Documentary, Music
  • 58min

A visionary documentary, In Search of Blind Joe Death chronicles the life of the hugely influential guitarist and composer, John Fahey. Known for combining prankster tendencies with a great seriousness of intent, Fahey accomplished many celebrated musical achievements, whilst also befalling a similar fate to many of the bluesmen who inspired him, in his troubled personal life.

An influence on artists including Sonic Youth and Beck, Fahey’s music stretched the boundaries of past traditions, creating a complex musical dialogue primarily with his steel stringed solo guitar.

James Cullingham’s wonderful, expressionist documentary, admirably portrays the many facets of the man behind the music and the myth. Fahey was a musicologist, folklorist, writer, independent record label boss, painter and prankster philosopher as well as a guitarist.’ - Sean Kitching, The Quietus

If you didn’t already admire his music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary.’ - Neil Genzlinger, New York Times


James Cullingham



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