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American Primitivism, also known as American Primitive Guitar, is the music genre started by John Fahey in the late 1950s. Fahey composed and recorded avant-garde/neo-classical compositions using traditional country blues fingerpicking techniques, which had previously been used primarily to accompany vocals. Other famous early proponents were Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho and Peter Lang who all played at one time or another on Fahey's Takoma Records label. In recent years musicians of American Primitive-style guitar also can be categorized to broader New Acoustic genre.
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by Stephen Sennott
Upton links American primitivism to European trends, with the difference being that the noble savage was the Indian in American mythology. Postmodernism contains primitivism as a return to high- classical origins and a search for "low" ...
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