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John Fahey: Blood on the Frets

Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, August 1998

The original American Primitive, John Fahey's raw mixes of blues, folk and musique concrete embody the spirit of American alternative music. But during the 60s and 70s, the authenticity of Fahey's blues cost him pain and near madness. With the debt now paid in full, he's making his best music yet, and building links with a new generation of musical refuseniks.

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