Monday, March 14, 2011

A Book and a Chat with Dr. Kent Gustavson

Dr. Kent Gustavson is an author, publishing expert, industry consultant, professor, speaker, entrepreneur, professional musician and PhD classical composer. He is also my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”,

Owner of independent publisher Blooming Twig Books and Skeleton Method, he is also an accomplished ghost writer and now author in his own right.

His book "Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson" shows the regard he has for the man and guitar legend's in this full length account of Doc Watson’s life.

An eye infection caused Doc Watson to lose his vision before his first birthday. Despite this, he was taught by his parents to work hard and care for himself. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired. This did not stop Doc from becoming one of the all time greats, as Dr. Kent shared with us during the show, Doc Watson said if it wasn’t for losing his site he might have just been something like a carpenter.

Instead Doc Watson, American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

About "Bling But Now I See"

In his book Dr. Gustavson draws upon formidable research and extensive interviews to provide an impossibly detailed portrait of Doc's life. It has been a life largely defined by his relationships with family. His parents encouraged him to partake of activities as though he were sighted and his siblings treated him that way. His father helped him buy his first guitar and, in one of the many delightful details that pepper the book, helped him make a banjo from the skin of a cat. With the exception of some unhappy time at a state school for the blind, Doc would spend his whole life in the hollow he grew up in.

We also heard about some of Dr. Kent’s other activities from Blooming Twig Books to how he was recently named one of Twitter's Top 100 Edu-Tweeters for his use of Twitter in his university teaching (as @drkent).

So sit back and listen to today's interesting and entertaining show as I host today's "A Book and a Chat with Dr. Kent Gustavson".


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