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John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitivism, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style.

Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings of music in these genres himself. He would later incorporate classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian music into his œuvre.[1] Fahey wrote a largely apocryphal autobiography and was known for his coarseness, aloof demeanor and dry humour. He spent his latter years in poverty and poor health and died in 2001. In 2003, he was ranked 35th in Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Starting work in 2007, Washington D.C. filmmaker Marc Minsker has completed a 30 minute documentary feature on the life of John Fahey entitled "John Fahey: The Legacy of Blind Joe Death." It chronicles his humble beginnings in Takoma Park, Maryland, through his success as a guitarist and record producer in California, and follows him through his dark days in Salem, Oregon. The film was accepted into the 7th Annual Takoma Park Film Festival.[citation needed]

A full length, feature documentary is currently underway by James Cullingham and his Canadian film house, Tamarack Productions entitled In Search of Blind Joe Death—The Saga of John Fahey.

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