Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

24 Nov 8:30 pm: In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey + Live Set

Director: James Cullingham

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Known as the father of American ‘primitive guitar’, John Fahey has influenced everyone from Pete Townshend to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Chris Funk of the Decemberists. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass, New Orleans jazz and even industrial and electronica. Combining interviews, performances and archive footage this is vivid portrait of a true guitar pioneer.

The screening will be preceded by a live music set from Robert Stillman, ‘Station Wagon Interior Perspective’, his four-movement requiem for John Fahey. Robert Stillman is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist whose music ‘lends an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds’ (The Observer). His live performances feature an experimental take on the one-man band that incorporates piano and drums modified for the feet.


Starring: John Fahey, Pete Townsend

Produced in: Canada 2012. 90 mins.

Running time: 58 mins

Certificate: TBC

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