As a writer, professional journalist, editor and now television producer,
Doc Lawrence keeps rather busy. A native of Atlanta, Doc early on developed
a keen interest in the arts, which he honed to a level of exceptional
skill with a rich education at Florida State University, Emory University
and Englands Oxford University. Since his days as an Atlanta
teenager, Doc has been writing features about the world around him
and the world he wanted to share with others.
His arts focus has always been multi-dimensional and multi-cultural.
I love music, he confesses, from Beethoven and Mozart
to Muddy Waters and Elvis. Doc, who has written for publications
across the spectrum and still writes three popular columns for the
Atlanta-based and highly acclaimed Piedmont Review, covers the stage
in over 18 states, knows wine and food inside and out and has earned
the trust and friendship of Chefs everywhere. "Is there an overriding
passion?" we asked. What someone paints or creates with
their hands says everything to me about their soul," he responds.
"I sometimes connect with them through a painting or carving in
the most profound way.
As a child, Doc saw Elvis, then completely unknown, perform at an Atlanta
wrestling arena. My life changed for the better. Ive loved
all music since. He actually played in a rock band in his undergraduate
days at FSU. We did black musicsongs by Big Joe Turner,
Hank Ballard and John Lee Hooker. The adults hated us. The college
kids adored us. Two members of Docs band died in Vietnam.
Docs News is the culmination of a dream, according to our founder.
I saw so much potential in the Internet, he explained,
and none of it was directed toward the arts and meaningful popular
cultures, Plus, I knew that the Souths culture and heritage was
fast disappearing and that is something I could not abide. From the
standpoint of the arts, the South is Americas Ireland. I have
dedicated Docs News to telling the world about our people in
a non-commercial, beautiful online environment."
Docs News is earning praise and raves from all corners. Doc Lawrence
reaffirms that our standards will be high and that we will provide
stories that remember, introduce and honor those things that make the
By the way, who are Docs heroes? Lot of people. Joan of
Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Carter,
Ella Fitzgerald, Reverend Howard Finster and Johnny Cash. Many more.