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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554887062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554887064
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 0.8 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quill & Quire

Adult Canadians know how the story of Jeff Healey ends: the award-winning blues and jazz musician succumbed to cancer in 2008, at the age of 41. That Healey died too young goes without saying. But, as the delicately balanced narrative of Cindy Watson’s biography points out, this tragic passing could have occurred much, much earlier. Healey was blind for most of his life; the cause of his blindness, retinoblastoma, or eye cancer, was diagnosed when he was less than a year old. (His adoptive parents made the urgent, and technically illegal, decision to have his left eye removed.)

It’s almost unfortunate that Out of Darkness is aimed at teens, as it will also reward parents. It is a richly detailed overview of Healey’s life, assembled from interviews with friends and family. Though Watson’s breezy narrative voice makes for a quick, immersive read, there are times when the soft-touch editorializing goes a bit far – for example, implying that “the sun suddenly seem[ed] to shine brighter” on the day his adopted parents drove to Children’s Aid to meet Jeff for the first time. (The sunshine motif appears again in the book’s final pages, when it is mentioned that the sun was not out on the day Healey died.)

Perhaps the most significant challenge Watson faces is that her young audience is likely unaware that Healey even existed. She wisely, and fairly, turns his story into a ­triumph-­over-adversity tale. Wisely, because children require positivity and, where applicable, reassurance. Fairly, because Healey’s story was, more than anything else, a triumph.


Out of Darkness is most successful when describing Healey's childhood and adolescence.

(Quill & Quire)

This introduction to the life and work of a legendary Canadian cannot but inspire the reader to reach outside the box to follow one's dreams. As a biography of a blind person, it inspires understanding, and this is a remarkable accomplishment in itself, especially since many potential readers will not have much first-hand experience with people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired.

(Canadian Materials Magazine)

[Out of Darkness] is a richly detailed overview of Healey's life.

(Quill and Quire Books for Young People)

Cindy Watson has pulled together an excellent and accessible book of [Jeff Healy's] life... This is a wonderful book. Watson brings Jeff Healy back to life for her readers. The reading level is easy and the style is smooth and thoughtful. Teens who are just picking up a guitar or have been playing for several years will find this book interesting and informative.

(Resource Links 2010-12-01)

This book works on many levels especially the educational component, which offers interaction. Watson has done a great deal of research and asks the reader to think outside the box, like Healey did, and to take risks and not to give up on their dreams.

(Muskoka Magazine)

From the moment three-year-old Jeff Healey first laid a guitar across his lap in what was to become his signature style, it was clear he was no ordinary kid. Losing both eyes to retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, opened a door to another world for Jeff, a newly adopted infant. Out of darkness he created music, becoming one of the most influential blues-rock and jazz performers of our time, beginning with his first hit album, See the Light.

In this up-close and personal account, loaded with never-before-seen photographs, memorabilia, and intimate recollections of family, friends, and fellow musicians, we discover this unique music icon's dynamic career, which saw him collaborate with everyone from George Harrison and Eric Clapton to B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. From Jeff's lonely start one snowy night at St. Joseph's Hospital in Toronto to his untimely end in the same building, we come away with a potent message of empowerment and a renewed sense of hope.

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S. R. Lovesmile

Out of Darkness: The Jeff Healey Story is a compelling and inspirational read. Filled with personal stories and interesting tidbits of information, the book is geared toward young adults, but its energetic and informative style still manages to hold the interest of the more mature reader. In these days of greed and self interest run amok, how gratifying it is to learn that Healey could have capitalized on his popularity to pursue ever-greater heights of fame and fortune, but instead he chose to follow his heart and concentrate on jazz, his first love.
If you're looking for a book to inspire you or your children, this is the one. Every school library should have a copy of this book and every teacher should read aloud from its pages. What better way to teach our children the value of pushing through setbacks in order to achieve a dream? Why not provide kids with the perfect example of a young man who did just that and challenge them to follow his example?
Well done.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa421c4b0) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa46f984c) out of 5 stars A great book.... May 16 2014
By tommy redden - Published on Amazon.com
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I love to read a good book and this book kept me interested from page one.....I have always enjoyed Jeff's music but had never read the story behind it.....He will be missed by alot of us, but his legacy will carry on through his music.....Tommy Redden
HASH(0xa4233744) out of 5 stars Interesting but short Nov. 13 2015
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice, interesting but quite short