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My Cross to Bear | [Gregg Allman, Alan Light]

My Cross to Bear

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.
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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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    Sara 01-13-13
    Sara 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A story of more than the fame..."
    If you could sum up My Cross to Bear in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Intriguing. Soulful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    Gregory's long struggle with addiction.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would have loved to hear Gregory Allman read this book, but Will Patton was a great choice.


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    Lisa Encinitas, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Lisa Encinitas, CA, United States 12-06-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Great narrator! Great story! Overall execellent!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    EVERYTHING!!


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Surprised me!!! The honesty and story... And the tale about my favorite hit "Melissa"


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!!! Great Narrator!!!

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    Andrea 08-27-12
    Andrea 08-27-12
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    Where does My Cross to Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite listens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love hearing "the story" behind successful people and how they got where they are.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Since this is an autobiography, its important for the reading voice to sound as much like the author as possible. Will Patton did a really good job.


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    Teri Mount Airy, GA, United States 08-24-12
    Teri Mount Airy, GA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sex, drugs & Southern Rock"
    What made the experience of listening to My Cross to Bear the most enjoyable?

    Been a fan since Laid Back was released--was interested in his life's journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, duh, Gregg!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Yeah, it was fine, but would have preferred to hear it from Gregg himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm No Angel


    Any additional comments?

    Heartbroken over his addiction struggles--why must talented people also be such tortured souls?

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    HIGINIO LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 08-06-12
    HIGINIO LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gregg is honest and forthcoming in his story/"
    What did you love best about My Cross to Bear?

    Gregg's view of other big name acts he had a chance to meet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregg and his ability to weave a story.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a first, he catches your attention and keeps it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    Max Burgess USA 05-28-12
    Max Burgess USA 05-28-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great history of Rock n Roll"
    What did you love best about My Cross to Bear?

    The Allman Brothers were starting up during my late and early 20's and being a guitarist, I could appreciate their powerful ability to make music that moved my soul. This book gives a wonderful history of the good bad times in the music business and also shows the damage that drugs can cause in a person's life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book gave a inside history of the evolution of music and the information was presented in a way that kept my interest from cover to cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are interested in music or not. This is a very well presented history of a time when music was changing and provided a accurate inside view of the difficult lives of musicians.

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    SedentaryHeroine Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-25-12
    SedentaryHeroine Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2013

    Foreign voices become dear friends, whispering in my ear. Some last long after the story has ended, heard, then, by all whom I touch.

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    Excellent, though tough story to listen to....Gregory has lived hard and reports some of his adventures directly and honestly. Great of you are an Allman Bros. fan


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    Charles Winchester, KY, United States 05-21-12
    Charles Winchester, KY, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lots of history---fascinating trip"

    If you are a fan of the ABB, you will love the story of how the band was formed. The group's struggles are well documented, but you will likely learn a few things along the way. Any discussion of the ABB invariably includes "what ifs" and we are again left to wonder what music could have been created had Duane lived longer. Gregg's personal account appears to hold nothing back. I confess to being a fan and have worn out multiple vinyl copies of Fillmore East before finally switching to CDs. It is still one of the finest sets every produced. The story behind the cover photos was interesting--and probably not what you might have imagined. This is but one of many nuggets along the way. Will Patton's reading is spot on. He seems to capture Allman's soulful expression from the text to match what Allman delivers in performance. Patton's delivery adds tremendously to the story, giving it great realism. I would have given this an overall of 4.5 had that option been available.

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    Justin Harrisburg, IL, United States 05-14-12
    Justin Harrisburg, IL, United States 05-14-12
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    "Very honest and enlightening"
    Would you listen to My Cross to Bear again? Why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    How the song Whipping Post was wrote


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was very inspiring


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad Gregg wrote this book

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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-14-12
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2012

    i love to listen!

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    "Lacks the details that make for a good book."

    Gregg shares many stories of his trip to fame, however his story lacks details that make the reader want more. He jumps through events just to get to the next thing that happened. This could have been much better if he left some things out and elaborated more on others. We all know that being on the road equals loads of life lessons and thrilling events, they may have been mentioned here but with no depth. I was disappointed that Gregg himself did not do the reading, however Will Patton did an amazing job!

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