John Fahey: Commemorating one of the New Weird America's founding fathers
Byron Coley, Wire, The, February 2013
THE TERM New Weird America (NWA) was used by The Wire's David Keenan to describe the music at the Brattleboro Free Folk Festival in 2003. The phrase evolved as a play on the Old Weird America concept, which was first posited by Greil Marcus in Invisible Empire, his exquisite book about Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, their source in the archival work of Harry Smith and their subsequent influence on various combos.
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