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  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Drag City (October 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965618374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965618373
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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. He was ranked 35th on Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2003
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The issue of John Fahey's sequel collection to "How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life" nearly three years after Fahey's death is just one more episode demonstrating the quirky, indelible quality of his life, music and, of course, his writing. Though Fahey's musical and literary voices, another time lived on beyond its day. Now this is true of Fahey himself. For fans of the former volume, "Vampire Vultures" is another helping of odd biographical fragments, this time highlighted by a series of letters, apparently written but never sent, that capture intimate moments between Fahey and an ever-shifting cast of friends, would-be lovers, and other associates. A more succinct volume, "Vampire Vultures" is, at times, more hallucinatory, delving deeper into the theology of "The Great Koonaklaster," communicating in verse, play-form, the aforementioned letter format - anything to come across to the reader in a satisfying way. Fahey's dark, restless spirit is alive in these pages. It's too bad he isn't here to provide us with more stories, data and entertainment...but the improbable issue of this book is consolation for those who have enjoyed the songs and stories of John Fahey. "Vampire Vultures" is a great companion book to "Bluegrass Music" - but it is something else again, and something of its own as well. Fahey Forever!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Brenner on November 11, 2006
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Vampire Vultures - John Fahey For Fahey "fans" this will be another welcome selection of writings and correspondence by the late John Fahey, following 'How Bluegrass Music Destroyed (Ruined?) My Life', which is a more enjoyable read. A slim volume. of Fahey's letters, scribbles, an interview or two, and a few limericks thrown in. I think it was put together after his death, although much of it might have been worked over by Fahey himself in those last days. The title story is certainly meant to be the centerpiece as it seems to be one of the more completed stories- a strange tale of how Fahey reaches one more level of consciousness on his quest to defeat the Krell, help the cat people, and get another ice cream soda from the Great Koonaklaster. Watch out for the Vampire Vultures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kjell Karlsson on October 27, 2009
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Of course this little volume can be read indepently, but I'd rather see it as an appendix, or commentary sequel to How Bluegrass Music Destroyed my Life.
Anyway and anyhow just like its predecessor it is a collection of scattered and disparate scribblings by Fahey... some earlier unpublished and obviously unsent correspondence to different people, some Limericks, some stories about this and that and a very gruesome section on childhood abuse...
And at least one revelation for me...It turns out that Dianne Kelly was a childhood sweetheart and not as I had supposed from the Old Girlfriends album a misspell of the British female Blues singer Jo-Ann Kelly...
And also some deatils of Dorothy Gooch from the Turtle gets some explanation...
What I think is a pity is that the manuscript The Nature of Reality from 1999 as dictated for one certain Melissa did not find its way into this volume...but on the other hand it is available on internet these days...so no big deal about that!
Conclusion is that together with Bluegrass Music the Vampire Vultures makes a good reading experience and it opens up some very deep black holes that we perhaps never were really aware of before...even if we could get a hint as early as from the liner notes of the early TAKOMA albums...that everything was not altogether good and well in the world of John Fahey.
And still that question of where to draw the borderline between the artist and the art...
Put your past ahead of you...said chief.karlsson
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If you haven't read "How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life" yet, get that first. This is a good follow up to that book, but it is not nearly as good. It should be on any John Fahey fan's bookself!
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