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    Default John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    I had no idea Fahey considered Monroe an influence:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f64cX5vn0mc

    He talks about Monroe early on in that interview. I love Fahey, and I love Monroe -- so, cool to hear this interview, for me, at least.

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    Default Re: John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    John Fahey was one of the guys who influenced me in my guitar playing. ''Brenda's Blues'' was one of my favourite tunes of his to play. A great character & a terrific guitar player. It's nice to know that he admired Bill Monroe,
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    Default Re: John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    I think they're both great, neat to find out there's a link.

    I would not have cited Mr Bill as an example of someone who is "constantly changing the rhythm" (I think that's how JF puts it) within a song though.

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    Default Re: John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    Not to go off topic, but I always found the title of his book rather amusing.

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    NFI,

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    Dear sir, I am terribly sorry, but I fear I must inform you that what you are playing is most certainly not any part of anything.

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    Default Re: John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Kellstadt View Post
    Not to go off topic, but I always found the title of his book rather amusing.

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    NFI,

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    The title is the only good thing about that book. I found it unreadable.
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    Default Re: John Fahey on Bill Monroe

    It seemed to me in 1971 that I was one of the 3 people in Australia who bought John Fahey record.
    But thousands showed up to his shows when he eventually toured, so what do I know?

    I imagine he claimed every great American music artist as an influence, and why wouldn't he?
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