He died in Topanga Canyon, California of a barbiturate overdose. Wilson had reportedly attempted suicide two times before, although he left no note. Wilson was a fanatical conservationist who loved loved to 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. After Eddie 'Son' House's 'rediscovery' in 1964, Wilson taught him how to play again the songs House had recorded in 1930 and 1942 (which he meanwhile had forgotten). On the double album Hooker 'N' Heat (1970), John Lee Hooker is heard wondering how Wilson is capable of following Hooker's guitar playing so well. Hooker was known to be a difficult performer to accompany, partly because of his disregard of song form. Yet Wilson seemed to have no trouble at all following him on this album.
Hooker concludes that "you [Wilson] musta been listenin' to my records all your life". Stephen Stills' song "Blues Man" from the album "Manassas" is dedicated to Wilson along with Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman. In July 2007, Wilson's biography, "Blind Owl Blues", by music journalist Rebecca Davis Winters, was published. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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