John Fahey

Real Name:
John Aloysius Fahey
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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.
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John Fahey Discography Tracks

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John Fahey - Blind Joe Death album art John Fahey Blind Joe Death (Album, Comp) Takoma, Takoma, Takoma, Piedmont (2) US 1964 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Death Chants, Break Downs & Military Waltzes album art John Fahey Death Chants, Break Downs & Military Waltzes (Album, Comp) Takoma US 1964 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Vol 3 / Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites album art John Fahey Vol 3 / Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (Album) Takoma, Takoma US 1965 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Guitar Vol. 4 / The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party And Other Excursions album art John Fahey Guitar Vol. 4 / The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party And Other Excursions (Album) Takoma US 1966 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Requia album art John Fahey Requia (Album) Vanguard US 1967 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Contemporary Guitar - Spring '67 album art Robbie Basho / John Fahey / Max Ochs / Harry Taussig / Bukka White Robbie Basho / John Fahey / Max Ochs / Harry Taussig / Bukka White - Contemporary Guitar - Spring '67 (Album) Takoma US 1967 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Volume 5 - The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death album art John Fahey Volume 5 - The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death (Album) Riverboat (2) US 1965 Sell This Version
John Fahey - The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album album art John Fahey The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album (Album) Takoma US 1968 Sell This Version
John Fahey - The Voice Of The Turtle album art John Fahey The Voice Of The Turtle (Album) Takoma US 1968 Sell This Version
John Fahey - The Yellow Princess album art John Fahey The Yellow Princess (Album) Vanguard US 1968 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Volume 6 / Days Have Gone By album art John Fahey Volume 6 / Days Have Gone By (Album) Takoma US 1967 Sell This Version
John Fahey - America album art John Fahey America (Album) Takoma US 1971 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Jo Ann Kelly album art Jo Ann Kelly* With John Fahey, Woody Mann, John Miller, Alan Seidler Jo Ann Kelly* With John Fahey, Woody Mann, John Miller, Alan Seidler - Jo Ann Kelly (Album) Blue Goose Records US 1972 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) album art John Fahey Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) (Album) Takoma US 1973 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Leo Kottke / Peter Lang / John Fahey album art Leo Kottke / Peter Lang / John Fahey Leo Kottke / Peter Lang / John Fahey - Leo Kottke / Peter Lang / John Fahey (Album) Takoma UK 1974 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Christmas With John Fahey Volume II album art John Fahey Christmas With John Fahey Volume II (Album) Takoma US 1975 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Visits Washington, D.C. album art John Fahey Visits Washington, D.C. (Album) Takoma Australia 1979 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Yes! Jesus Loves Me - Guitar Hymns album art John Fahey Yes! Jesus Loves Me - Guitar Hymns (Album) Takoma US 1980 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Live In Tasmania album art John Fahey Live In Tasmania (Album) Takoma UK 1980 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Christmas Guitar - Volume One album art John Fahey Christmas Guitar - Volume One (Album) Varrick Records US 1982 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Railroad I album art John Fahey Railroad I (Album) Takoma US 1983 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Popular Songs Of Christmas & New Year's album art John Fahey Popular Songs Of Christmas & New Year's (Album) Varrick Records US 1983 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Let Go album art John Fahey Let Go (Album) Varrick Records US 1984 Sell This Version
John Fahey - Rain Forests, Oceans, And Other Themes album art John Fahey Rain Forests, Oceans, And Other Themes (Album) Varrick Records US 1985 Sell This Version
John Fahey - I Remember Blind Joe Death album art John Fahey I Remember Blind Joe Death (Album) Varrick Records US 1987 Sell This Version