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John Fahey, ‘Your Past Comes Back to 
Haunt You: The Fonotone 
Years 1958-1965′ (Dust-to-Digital)

By: Mike Powell // October 11, 2011

For experimental-music fans too elevated for country blues and country-blues fans too down-home to reckon pretentious gibberish, there’s John Fahey. An acoustic guitarist who mixed dissonance and drone into American roots music, Fahey formed an eerie, instrumental sound he explored for nearly 40 years. This set — six meticulously documented hours recorded before his first proper album — is a progress chart. In hour one, he bangs his guitar with a paintbrush; by hour six, he’s making ragas backwards before the Beatles set foot in India.