Blind Owl Blues

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Blind Owl Blues, 2007 - Blues (Music) - 246 pages
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The life and death of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (1943-1970), seminal yet unfortunately overlooked musician, environmentalist, musicologist, thinker, and human being. This is the long-awaited story of Alan Wilson, musical genius and co-founder of Canned Heat. Biographer Rebecca Davis Winters journeys through his artistic innovations, tormented personal life, obsessive love of nature, and mysterious death. A key figure in the 1960s "blues revival", Wilson participated in the rediscovery of Delta blues legend Son House and wrote scholarly analyses of House and Robert Pete Williams. He went on to co-found pioneering blues-rock band Canned Heat, becoming an unlikely rock star. Known as "Blind Owl", he was responsible for the hit songs "Going Up the Country" and "On the Road Again."
 

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i loved this book....i found it well researched, thought out and executed. i hold Alan Wilson in the highest regard and even more so after reading this book. i knew some of the information but not nearly all. i have had contact with a few of the principals in this book and , i am ashamed to say, i often asked them so many questions about Alan that they lost interest in seeing me...his music is as fresh and still as magical today as the day it was recorded..i feel a tremendous sorrow for his suffering.. 

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Highly recommended for those interested in the life and music of a great genius.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The young Owl
8
Cambridge blues
16
The rediscoveries
32
Son House and the Newport festival
40
The advent of Blind Joe Death
56
Blind Owls westward migration
63
The Bear and other California denizens
73
On the Road Again
137
Talking to the trees
146
Living the Blues
155
Blind Ow l behind the wheel
173
Hallelujah
187
The Snake slips in
192
Future Blues
204
Hooker and Heat
210

The Canned Heat Blues Band
94
Canned Heats first album
111
The blues on acid
118
A head full of ideas
129
Blind Owls final roosting place
217
Appendix
227
Acknowledgements
243
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