Blind Owl Blues
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..
Highly recommended for those interested in the life and music of a great genius.
The young Owl
Son House and the Newport festival
The advent of Blind Joe Death
Blind Owls westward migration
The Bear and other California denizens
On the Road Again
Talking to the trees
Living the Blues
Blind Ow l behind the wheel
The Snake slips in
Hooker and Heat
The Canned Heat Blues Band
Canned Heats first album
The blues on acid
A head full of ideas
Blind Owls final roosting place