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How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life
How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life

How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life


291 Pages, 4.5 x 7.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: April 2000

ISBN 9780965618328

Rights: US & CA

Drag City (Apr 2000)

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A collection of fictional but semi-autobiographical stories, this work comes from one of the most influential guitarists in music history. The tales are recalled in a conversational, feverish tone, following the musician in his childhood and young adulthood in post-World War II suburbia, pausing along the way for moments of clarity and introspection. The stories resist categorization—part memoir, part personal essay, part fiction, and part manifesto they simply stand alone, having their own logic, religious dogma, and mythological history.


“Fahey's writing flickers with the same black humor and ambivalent mysticism that imbues his music.” —Bill Meyer, music critic, Chicago Reader

Author Biography

John Fahey pioneered the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument and was a highly influential fingerstyle guitarist, serving as a model for guitarists ranging from Leo Kottke to Thurston Moore. He recorded more than 30 albums over the course of his lifetime and ranked 35th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”