A poor boy a long was from home: Fahey at The New Varsity 1981
December 19, 2012 11:38 AM   Subscribe

Sunflower River Blues

So much of the music I love has come to me through movie soundtracks.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:01 PM on December 19, 2012

Awesome find! Reminds me it's time to break out Fahey's Xmas LP, The New Possibility
posted by porn in the woods at 12:27 PM on December 19, 2012

Fahey was about the weirdest performer I have ever seen. One show, he excused himself in the middle of the set to go to the restroom. . .maybe for a fix, maybe for a more pedestrian reason.

Another show, someone brought a small live box turtle, and Fahey spent what seemed like a long time on the floor of the stage playing with it, before continuing his set.

He was one of the greats, though.
posted by Danf at 1:45 PM on December 19, 2012

Saw Fahey at the Iron Horse in Noho (in '80 I think). He was close to falling-down drunk, swearing with every breath, and dressed in three different plaids. His playing was as beautiful as the singing of angels.
posted by squalor at 1:46 PM on December 19, 2012

Excellent! /Montgomery Burns
posted by y2karl at 2:39 PM on December 19, 2012

Thanks for this!
posted by 6and12 at 2:46 PM on December 19, 2012

Thanks for posting this. I'm kinda out of the loop now although I was tickled to find the German DVD (WDR-Rockpalast) in a bittorrent 6 or 7 years back (you can get it on eBay for about $20 -- an improvement over the YouTube uploads). Saw Fahey upstairs at the Folklore Center (Israel Young's establishment) on 6th Ave in NYC in 1965 or 66... bought the old black and white jacketed records on Eighth Street and saw him again at Carnegie Hall in 1973. Last time was in Bridgeport CT about 1986, where he was drunk and disorderly, and played a little sloppy... He has always been a favorite.
posted by indices at 9:36 PM on December 19, 2012

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