in about 100 words or less
US 57m, Colour, B&W
Director: James Cullingham; Cast: John Fahey, Melody Fahey, Chris Funk, Barney Hansen, Ayal Senior, Joe Bussard, Marc Minsker, Joey Burns, Li Robbins, Pete Townshend, Rob Bowman, Stefan Grossman
In Search of Blind Joe Death is a documentary about the life and music of guitarist John Fahey, who was a critically acclaimed outsider in the musical world. Known for his self-taught “primitive” style of guitar playing, Fahey was heavily influenced by early American blues musicians. Portrayed as a self-destructive semi-reclusive musical pioneer, Fahey’s story is about how his music was his therapy, but ultimately was not enough to save him from himself (Klaus Ming March 2016).