Audie Award Nominee, Biography and Memoir, 2013
As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost 50 years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.
The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed when Duane and Gregg came together with four other men to forge something new - a unique sound shaped by soul, rock, and blues and brimming with experimentation; a sound not just of a band, but of a family.
Bringing to life the carefree early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg holds nothing back - from run-ins with the law to meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking for the first time about the profound impact that his brother's death had on him, Gregg offers a tribute to Duane that only a younger brother could write, showing how, to this day, he still confronts the grief of losing his big brother, even as Duane continues to guide and inspire him.
Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in the face of death, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock-and-roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than 11 times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all.
Capturing the Allman Brothers' ongoing, triumphant resurgence as well as his own recent fight against hepatitis C, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, providing a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music and demonstrating how, through it all, the road goes on forever.
©2012 Gregg Allman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
big Allman fan one of the best autobiographies I've listened to highly recommend excellent narration
"you can't lay this one down if your a allman fan this book tells the good and the bad of all of them"
The best book ever can't wait to start ..... Please be with me. . . .
Gregg and his narrator do an amazing job of bringing it all together. I I especially enjoyed hearing about the early years and in particular, the relationship between Duane and Gregg.
I confess, I listened primarily because Will Patton was reading. However, I am a fan of Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers' Band and now that I know that they've made all this other music since "Seven Turns," I'll have to go check it out. I'm not usually a fan of autobiographies but I enjoyed this book. I had no idea what had become of the band since about 1979 and it was fascinating to hear it all from the source. AND it had a happy ending so how cool is that?
Anything read by Will Patton.
Will Patton could read senate bills and the whole country would know what was happening in Congress. But that would take too long. I listened to this book BECAUSE Will Patton read it.
It's an autobiography so you can't do that.
It does my heart good to know that Gregg Allman is well and happy. Makes me smile for him.
Absolutely one of best audiobooks I have listened to in a number years. The narrator was excellent you almost believed that it was Greg talking. I grew up in Macon, worked with an accounting firm that did tax work for Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers from 1972 thru 1974. Melissa is my favorite Allman Brothers song. Really enjoyed it. Thank you Greg for sharing your story.
I wouldn't - the author did not bother to say much about the music created, the creative process etc. The book is mostly a factual account of his life, focused on the women he slept with and the drugs he did. By the end of the book, it was clear to me that I could not expect more - this is the simple story of a simple person.On the flip side, it was nice to see the hard work that it used to take to escape anonymity (before 'modern' times when kids show their ass on TV and become rich the next day).
Anything Will Patton reads sounds alive and exciting. Do look him up (e.g. 'On the Road'), he is just amazing and perfect and I want him to read to me every night at bedtime.
The two things worth the listening time was Will Patton's performance and learning a few things about the history of my favourite hobby.I don't regret it, but if I knew what it was, I would choose something else.
Have a listen to this, and then compare.http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Herbie-Hancock-Possibilities-Audiobook/B00OGPRH88
I am glad to have read this book but fail to have much empathy for Mr Allman's cross. He seems to bear it a little too proudly. Book is tedious in some places.
Love the Allman Brothers Band, Love the music, I would find it hard to like the person.
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