Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho | Chicago Reader

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

Pete Townshend of the Who is among the talking heads who show up in this documentary to gush over Robbie Basho, the folksinger and guitarist whose idiosyncratic, non-Western style won him a cult following from the 1960s through his untimely death in 1986. Director Liam Barker struggled to piece together a chronology of Basho's life, but the anecdotal scraps provided by the musician's adoptive sister, college friends, and various associates don't offer much insight into him beyond his discography and his devotion to the spiritual principles of Sufism Reoriented. By all accounts he was a remote personality, preferring to express himself through his transcendent music; his unearthly trill on “Blue Crystal Fire” expresses more humanity than the interview subjects' inconsistent accounts of his hygiene and celibacy.

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