Charley Patton by John FaheyApparently, while John Fahey was producing timeless American Primitive gems throughout the 60s and 70s he was also writing this book for his masters thesis at UCLA. The book sells for almost $2,000 in hardcover, but thanks to the mighty American library system, I was able to get the Charley Patton box set (now out of print), Screamin and Hollerin the Blues (just take a look at this set: http://revenantrecords.com/musics/pro.... This is probably the most beautiful, comprehensive box set Ive ever seen or held in my hands). Fahey knew how to write a great narrative (see How Bluegrass Destroyed My Life or Vampire Vultures for proof), but this study of Patton is almost purely academic. He does a great job of uncovering lost facts about Patton and the times he lived in through primary sources - this book was published in 1970, so he was actually able to interview siblings and even Pattons last wife! The second half of this book consists of some pretty heavy technical analysis of Pattons guitar playing techniques, lyrical formats, and subject matter. This portion of the book was frequently over my head. Overall, this book is really for those interested in learning more about one of the originators of blues (Patton taught Son House, Robert Johnson, and Howlin Wolf the ropes), but the casual reader would probably be bored to tears. I enjoyed it, at least the parts I understood.
Two Songs by John Fahey
Thanks to everyone involved in getting this book into a downloadable PDF. It would be a reat addition to anyone's library. My thanks also, I've been working in In Christ There is no It gives me error messages. Never had that happen before.
Very nice, Damian! Thanks much. I look forward to learning some new tricks and seeing how the transcriptions you've collected compare to the many handwritten TABs in my collection that I traded for with friends the world over back in the pre-internet days. Your pdf, downloaded in about three seconds; it took me over 30 years to establish my collection! This is awesome!!! Thanks so much!
Best of John Fahey Songbook Tab. The Best of John Fahey Songbook, which tabs and has standard notation for the entire album by the same name, is out of print and sells for a ton of money on eBay and Amazaon. I bought it for a pretty penny. I feel bad that some people may not be able to afford it and it's out of print. For strictly educational purposes, I'd be happy to tab out any of the songs for people who want them.
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