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Blind Joe Death's America: John Fahey, the Blues, and Writing White Discontent
  

Blind Joe Death's America: John Fahey, the Blues, and Writing White Discontent (Hardback)

By Henderson, George

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    10 May 21

For over sixty years, American guitarist John Fahey (1939-2001) has been a storied figure, first within the folk and blues revival of the long 1960s, later for fans of alternative music. Mythologizing himself as Blind Joe Death, Fahey crudely parodied white middle-class fascinati...on with African American blues, including his own. In this book, George Henderson mines Fahey's parallel careers as essayist, notorious liner note stylist, musicologist, and fabulist for the first time. These vocations, inspired originally by Cold War educators' injunction to creatively express rather than suppress feelings, took utterly idiosyncratic and prescient turns. Fahey voraciously consumed ideas: in the classroom, the counterculture, the civil rights struggle, the new left; through his study of philosophy, folklore, African American blues; and through his experience with psychoanalysis and southern paternalism. From these, he produced a profoundly and unexpectedly refracted vision of America. To read Fahey is to vicariously experience devastating critical energies and self-soothing uncertainty, passions emerging from a singular location-the place where lone, white rebel sentiment must regard the rebellion of others. Henderson shows the nuance, contradictions, and sometimes brilliance of Fahey's words that, though they were never sung to a tune, accompanied his music.
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ISBN 9781469660776
Released NZ 10 May 2021
Publisher The University of North Caroli
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781469660776
Stock Release date is 10 May 2021
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 10 May 2021
Publisher The University of North Caroli
Imprint The University of North Carolina Press
Released 10 May 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Henderson, George
Category Theory Of Music & Musicology
Blues music
Literary Reference Works
Ethnic Studies
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
ONIX Text General/trade

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