Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson

Blind But Now I See The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson From the day he stepped off the bus in New York City North Carolina music legend Doc Watson changed the music world forever His influence has been recognised by presidents and by the heroes of modern
  • Title: Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson
  • Author: Kent Gustavson
  • ISBN: 9781933918433
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson
    From the day he stepped off the bus in New York City, North Carolina music legend Doc Watson changed the music world forever His influence has been recognised by presidents and by the heroes of modern music, from country stars to rock and roll This title offers a portrayal of this true American hero.
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  • I had never heard of Doc Watson until a friend told me about this book I looked him up on youtube and discovered a musician that was part of the formation of American music with skill, grace, and creativity I ve played guitar for about 40 years and I can t believe that I had never heard of this great man This book is important to the history of music as well as keeping an important figure of our culture in our minds and hearts The book is not only beautiful in the writing style and the way Gusta [...]

  • Doc Watson is one of the great guitar players period He is probably the greatest blue grass players specifically Many people know his name and may know some of his music, but most don t know a lot about his life Kent Gustavson s book does a yeoman s job of filling in the story.This book is clearly written by someone who knows and loves the music It s also clearly written by a scholar History is researched and documented There are lots of interviews with people who knew Doc Merle Watson well Ther [...]

  • Great biography of Doc Watson, he was an influence on many, Maria Muldaur, Bela Fleck, Old Crow Medicine Show to name a few I liked how he refused to be typecast into any certain genre He liked traditional and he also liked the new things he was hearing, so he combined them and made them his own The story referred to music as a spectrum, drawing from many colors to create something new, which made sense to me.

  • An honest look at a legendary North Carolina performer A very well done bio telling of good times and bad ones as well.

  • This is a book I could hear while reading The remarkable Doc Watson grew up in humble circumstances in the mountains of North Carolina Music was his way out of a life that could have been limited by his blindness I had to stop reading and play his music while I read this book Bluegrass is popular in my family, so I was familiar with references to some of the famous musicians referenced in the story The tragedy in his life was not blindness, but the loss of his beloved son, Merle Watson, who serv [...]

  • A book about the life of musical legend Doc Watson A book filled with many quotes from many of the musicians that Doc Watson influenced over the years I liked learning about how Doc Watson was taught by his parents to not let his disability stop him from living a productive life He went from singing on the streets of Boone, NC collecting money in a cup to providing a good life for his family with his music.

  • Obviously well intentioned, but very poorly written Highly repetitive and almost entirely without any discernible narrative and certainly not chronological structure Disappointing.

  • I m a monster Doc Watson fan I was first introduced to his playing on the Country Music And Bluegrass At Newport 1963 LP Doc s Guitar and Black Mountain Rag, as well as his playing and singing with Clarence Ashley, Clint Howard and Fred Price, absolutely floored me and I was hooked from then on Watson stands as the king flatpicker of all time and his ability to tear through fiddle melodies with stunning speed, precision and timbre has awed, inspired and influenced generations of guitarists.I fou [...]

  • For my full review, visit my blog at maryellenherreraThe biography of music legend, Doc Watson, Blind but Now I See is a great book about this Appalachian musician As the title indicates, this book is a biography of Doc Watson s life From his humble beginnings, through his years as a musician, and ending with the impact he had on the many lives of others who knew him or heard his music In between the stories shared are sketches of Doc along with photographs illustrating his life and certain situ [...]

  • A seemingly well researched but poorly written biography of a true American treasure I m in no position to judge the accuracy of the history presented here but, given that it s based largely on quotes from sources who know Doc personally, it s probably reasonably close to the facts However, the book is marred throughout by a seriously flawed writing style and poor editing An example Gustavson uses variations of the hook, little did he know, followed by some unknowable tidbit, so frequently that [...]

  • Kent Gustavson must have talked to hundreds of people to write this thorough biography of arguably the world s greatest guitar player Doc Watson was the real deal, and he played acoustic guitar in a way that few people can Gustavson shows the role that musician and folk scholar Ralph Rinzler played in the Doc s rise from obscurity and poverty in rural North Carolina to fame among his loving fans The story makes clear the Watson labored in poverty for decades and that playing on the road took so [...]

  • I liked it but it needed editing An editor carefully cutting out about a 1 4 of the book mainly redundancies might have raised this up to a 4 or 5.It also sorta ends ten years ago although the interviews are recent giving us not much a feeling for what Doc Watson recently, and Doc does still do some shows outside of Merlefest However this might not be the author s fault, as Doc has become private as mentioned I confess that I m also lot sympathetic to Ralph Rinzler s way of getting Doc in the [...]

  • I liked this book a great deal, but because I was interested in the subject matter than due to the writing style Not bad, but the writing certainly could have been polished But it did appear to be well researched, and for anyone with an interest in American roots music, traditional mountain music, or whatever else it might be called, it is an important book Doc Watson was probably the most important figure in this style of music At times the book does drag, but over all it kept my interest and [...]

  • I was recommended to read this book, by my wife a few years ago, but I thought that a biography about a musician cannot be very interesting, so I didn t read it then Now I got it as an E book and thought maybe I can at least give it a try From the moment I started I got fascinated by the life of Doc Watson, he was not only a great musician, he was a great person, period It also introduced me to other musicians I never heard of and as I love music I started to listen to them too For me it was a m [...]

  • An amazing, persona, and insightful journey into the life of master musician Doc Watson From growing up blind in rural Appalachia to being swept into the folk revival, Gustavson ably invites us to see what life was like in becoming the remarkable Doc Watson Watson s professional career with his son Merle and after Merle s death is the high part of an arc that descends into reclusion as an elder statesman of flatpicking with annual appearances at MerleFest and, almost mercifully, this work ends j [...]

  • Heart warming, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking biography I had a hard time putting this one down Doc was everything like I pictured him and This book did repeat things a lot but the subject is good enough to keep it from being annoying The first part of this book was my favorite, his life in the mountains growing up, meeting his wife Really endearing The loss of his son, Merle is a sad story, sometimes I felt the way the theories of his death were handled were a little insensitive If you [...]

  • Much as I admire, appreciate, enjoy, what have you Doc Watson s music, this isn t the kind of book I d ordinarily pick up I have it because it was a complimentary copy for contributing photography to the book mine is the endplate darn good photo taken 30 years ago in Boone, N.C The writing is definitely a well deserved hagiography Meticulously researched and attributed by a folkie Ph.D musicologist Interviews with all kinds of celebs I d recommend as a buy.

  • good detail of his life although it gets a bit preachy about how his faith which was very important to him kept him going I felt the author stated the facts but then get on his own christian agenda that was about what he wanted to believe than Docs words But if your a fan of Doc its good history

  • As I flip through the pages and read, I can almost see Doc sitting there A very good picture of how he was in his life comes to my mind, everything from his boyhood growing up and going to school and eventually dropping out for understandable reasons to his performance in October in 2009.Very well written if maybe occasionally repetitive but not in a bad way.

  • Really good from a biographical informational standpoint, but just too repetitive Gustavson ostensibly uses a linear framework, but jumps around from time period to time period repeatedly, and it just seems like he is telling the same story over and over.

  • Good account much of it told through interviews of folks who knew Doc and worked with him over the years He certainly was one of the premier pickers ever to pick up a guitar The book discussed his life and career well, and the loss of Doc s son and musical partner, Merle Glad I read it.

  • I learned a lot about Doc, Merle, their musical history, and their lives in this book I have admired these guys for many years, and I would recommend this book for anyone who attends Merlefest, who plays a guitar, or who enjoys North Carolina treasures like Doc and Merle.

  • I found this book to be very enjoyable and entertaining I was slightly familiar with Doc s music but did not know any of the details of his life I think anyone interested in the history of recent music will enjoy this book.

  • I thought the author provided too many quotes from performers who knew Doc But I still thought the book was a great read.

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