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
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.
Will Patton is, once again, one of the best voices out there. His voice, combined with Gregg's story and Alan Light's literary skills, amount to a Rock & Roll autobiography unlike anything we have ever seen. Gregg comes across as an humble, flawed, rock & roll survivor with a passion for music generated by bass guitar, rhythm guitar, 2 drum kits, and a Hammond B3...no synthesizers here.
Gregg is the survivor. His homage to his brother Duane and Berry Oakley show him to be the keeper of the flame honoring 2 of the greatest Rock musicians that ever graced this planet.
Will Patton is the best voice out there!
Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.
Both the reader/narrator and the content of "My Cross to Bear" made this book very enjoyable. The story seemed pretty down to earth and definitely entertaining.
I most enjoyed hearing stories of the band and their struggles to "make it," and then their struggle to keep it together after several life challenges.
The whole book was my favorite. I just couldn't get enough of this book!
No. In fact, I wanted to take my time and get through it because I didn't want it to end so quickly for me. It was an indulgent treat for me.
I would have like to have heard more of Gregory's struggle with addiction. It seemed a little glossed over in a very general sense. Aside from knowing he had an addiction that took many tries to overcome, there wasn't much detail about it.
Yes. Great performance
Allman's story unlike so many other rock star auto-bios pulls you in and is very interesting. The profanity laced story feels totally real.
His performance, with his southern accent, makes it feel like Allman is sitting around with you telling stories. It doesn't present as a book but like a conversation.
Listened to it over two days and have really enjoyed it.
How the band handled Duane's death...
The reader of the book had a great tone and made me want to listen.
Im now revisiting all my older ABB records (CDS). I have a new ear when listening to them.
This book gave me a different perspective on Brothers and Sisters and Eat A Peach. They put their head into the music to deal with Duane's death.
Obviously Gregory and Dickie Betts have their differences. I like how Gregg pointed out the positives on Dickie and didn't bash him. I found it respectable.
Story is great and answered questions I'd had since the 70s. If you loved the music, it's a must read. Will Patton did a wonderful performance, as well.
I was born in 1970, but didn't really find music until the 80's with punk and hair bands, so i wasn't much into the Allman Brothers. I knew a few of their songs, but it was Van Halen and ZZ Top for me back then..
After reading reviews, I was intrigued and gave it a shot. I'm glad I did! This is a super interesting book and gives a real insight to what the music scene was all about back in the 60's and 70's...
I had no idea of the accomplishments of Gregg Allman. There are some really funny stories and all of them are extremely interesting.
You don't need to know much about the Allman Brothers Band to enjoy this book.
As for the narration... Will Patton is one of my very favorite narrators (as well as a great actor). He was the perfect choice for this one.
He really put the soul of Gregg Allman into his narration.
A life that I would not want to live. But I sure enjoyed reading someone who actually did live this life. Thanks Gregg for the devotion and dedication it takes to tell your life's story. This story explains the cross that great musicians have to bear to write the lyrics and really live the blues.
The Foot Shooting Party. That was unbelievably hilarious.
Will Patton became Gregg Allman.
If you think you know The Allman Brothers from their music, wait there's more in store, way more. Take the opportunity to listen to My Cross to Bear. You will learn about the amazing journey of Gregg Allman. How hardy he is, what he's been through and what he's learned about life, music and surviving.
Its quite the revelation. I can better appreciate his music now. Thanks Gregg for all the lessons you teach us.
Yes, I truly enjoyed this book and it was special to have Will Patton read it.
Mr. Allman seemed to have 'many' lives and is truly a survivor.
Mr. Allman's book (I hope) will be turned into a movie. It has the perfect receipe for a very good movie.
The last chapter, his last words, he said he wouldn't live this life over again. Nor would he change anything in his life. Taking responsiblity for one's own actions is truly noble and honest.
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