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My Cross to Bear Audiobook

My Cross to Bear

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Annette 05-23-16
    Annette 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Very Honest Telling"

    This was a very enjoyable book, honest, funny, detailed. the narration was perfect. I highly recommend it.

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    PJ Roswell, GA United States 04-14-16
    PJ Roswell, GA United States 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    Where does My Cross to Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved his story in his words, honest, raw, funny and sad. Would actually love to know more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregg Allman of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Normally don't listen to autobiographies, but like his music and said why not... was not disappointed. Amazed at his beginnings - and what it took to get where he is today. He was very honest about highs and lows of his life and the effect his brother's death has had on him even to this day.

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    Amazon Customer Seaville, N.J. United States 02-13-16
    Amazon Customer Seaville, N.J. United States 02-13-16
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    "honest and to the point"

    big Allman fan one of the best autobiographies I've listened to highly recommend excellent narration

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    "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. . . .

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    JGM0211 01-06-16
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"

    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.

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    Captain Awesome 08-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great!!"

    One of the best rock bios I've ever read. Straight forward and uncompromising without being overwrought or boastful. Just like the music.

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    Charles M. Lancaster MARIETTA, GA, US 07-24-15
    Charles M. Lancaster MARIETTA, GA, US 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Macon Memories & Melissa"

    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.

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    dwight baldwin 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good stuff"

    Really liked it.... Lucky greg minimized music theory and talked about band history.. Very entertaining

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    Jared Spader 01-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just fantastic."

    If you're a fan of the Allman Brothers band, this is something that you should absolutely listen to/read. Loved it.

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    G. Taylor 07-03-14
    G. Taylor 07-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great musician, a flawed person"
    Would you try another book from Gregg Allman and Alan Light and/or Will Patton?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


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    Love the Allman Brothers Band, Love the music, I would find it hard to like the person.

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