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

Blind But Now I See The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson If you re a dedicated Doc Watson fan I think you would find this book an interesting read It does get into some darker areas of Doc s life such as Merle s death but it also is a celebration of the

  • Title: Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson
  • Author: Kent Gustavson
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  • Page: 296
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  • If you re a dedicated Doc Watson fan, I think you would find this book an interesting read It does get into some darker areas of Doc s life, such as Merle s death, but it also is a celebration of the man through the eyes and ears of those who know him Steve Carr, docsguitar Hard to believe it s been 50 years since Ralph Rinzler first introduced guitarist Doc Wats If you re a dedicated Doc Watson fan, I think you would find this book an interesting read It does get into some darker areas of Doc s life, such as Merle s death, but it also is a celebration of the man through the eyes and ears of those who know him Steve Carr, docsguitar Hard to believe it s been 50 years since Ralph Rinzler first introduced guitarist Doc Watson to the larger world It s a fitting anniversary for the first book length biography on Doc to appear It was long overdue This is a valuable, anecdotal work anyone interested in Doc s music and life will enjoy reading Bluegrass Unlimited This is a highly informative, fascinating biography of the great Doc Watson What a life It s a page turner that will keep you up past your bedtime Don t miss it The Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association A very well researched biography The story of Doc Watson s life is one of tragedy and success The author provides a vivid image of Doc s early childhood and his years with Merle, and gravely describes the impact of Merle s untimely death The book is hard to put down Tom Duplissey, Bay Area Bluegrass Association Musicologists will appreciate the chapters on Doc s singing style and guitar work Music fans will delight in the book as a whole, a splendid recounting of Doc Watson as man whose roach to folk music on a guitar was like Horowitz s approach to the piano Gary Presley, The Internet Review of BooksAbout the AuthorKent Gustavson, PhD is a professor of writing, language and leadership at Stony Brook University, where he is currently the faculty director of the undergraduate Leadership Development and Community Service Living Learning Centers As the host of Sound Authors, he has interviewed hundreds of award winning musicians and authors, and his music has been featured on National Public Radios All Songs Considered He lives and works in Sound Beach, New York.

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    1. 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 G [...]

    2. 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 & Me [...]

    3. 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.

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

    5. 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, w [...]

    6. 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.

    7. 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 guitarist [...]

    8. 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 s [...]

    9. 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 frequentl [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. "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 more private (as mentioned). I confess that I'm also lot more sympathetic to Ralph Rinzler's wa [...]

    12. I liked this book a great deal, but more because I was interested in the subject matter than due to the writing style. Not bad, but the writing certainly could have been more 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Heart warming, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking biography. I had a hard time putting this one down. Doc was everything like I pictured him and more. 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 insensiti [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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 more about what he wanted to believe than Docs words. But if your a fan of Doc its good history

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 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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