Wednesday, September 23, 2009

all owl

i love the owl!
Alan "Blind Owl" Christie Wilson (July 4, 1943 – September 3, 1970) was the leader, singer, and primary composer in the American blues band Canned Heat. He played guitar and harmonica, and wrote most of the songs for the band.

Wilson was a fanatical conservationist who loved reading books on botany and ecology. He often slept outdoors to be closer to nature. In 1969, he wrote and recorded a song, "Poor Moon", which expressed concern over potential pollution of the moon. He wrote an essay called 'Grim Harvest', about the coastal redwood forests of California, which was printed as the liner notes to the Future Blues album by Canned Heat.

Wilson died in Topanga Canyon, California of a drug overdose at age 27. Although Wilson had reportedly attempted suicide two times before and his death is sometimes reported as a suicide, this is not clearly established and he left no note.


Hiss Golden Messenger said...

the owl is the best. was there a blind owl deep cuts compilation floating round in the internet somewhere semi-recently? i'd like to get my hands on that.

nathaniel russell said...

i smell an assignment