Master of Arts (M.A.)
M. Lynn Weiss
John Fahey’s music holds a distinct place in the mid-century folk revival--distinct because he is difficult to fit in with traditional narratives of the revival. John Fahey created a unique musical style through incorporation of traditional American music with classical music forms. His musical “quotations” and renditions of American blues, folk, ragtime, Protestant hymns, and parlor songs did not merely revive traditional music, but gave it new form and newfound respect in order to further artistic exploration. Fahey was a musical modernist, infusing tradition with the new. Fahey’s work can be situated in the context of modernist/folk connections that began earlier in the century.
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Carpenter, Lisa, "Folk into Art: John Fahey, Modernism and the American Folk Revival" (2017). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1516639659.