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61 (age at death) years
28th February, 1939
Takoma Park, MD
22nd February, 2001
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|Music Genre (Text)||
American Primitivism, folk, avant-garde, American Primitive Guitar, country blues
Jazz, Folk Jazz, Progressive Folk, New Acoustic, International, Finger-Picked Guitar, Traditional Folk, World Fusion, Folk-Blues
Cerebral, Hypnotic, Somber, Earthy, Autumnal, Passionate, Complex, Plaintive, Brittle, Melancholy, Intimate, Restrained, Organic, Reserved, Wistful, Reflective, Relaxed, Confident, Ethereal, Literate, Playful, Producer
Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
Takoma, Vanguard, Reprise, Table of the Elements, Varrick, Revenant
John Aloysius Fahey ( FAY-hee; February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been enormously influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar, 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 in these genres. He would later incorporate 20th-century classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian influences into his work.