Doc Watson has been the true voice of Appalachian music for more than half a century. After being discovered in 1960 by folklorist Ralph Rinzler, the blind guitarist has graced thousands of American stages with his down-home wit, deep knowledge of traditional songs, and his blistering flatpicking guitar. Over a half century in the music business, Doc has influenced every musician with a pulse, from Bob Dylan to Jerry Garcia, and from Gillian Welch to Pete Seeger. Inside this book are the untold stories from Doc Watson's life and career, from the details of the tragic loss of his son Merle Watson in a late night accident, to the real story behind the abuse he suffered at the Raleigh School for the Blind, and his first trip alone on a bus to New York City with a borrowed Gibson guitar.
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