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
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.
the narrator was a great pick for this book, I would listen to it again as it was very entertaining.
will patton is my favorite narrator, i sometimes pick books just because of his narration.
made me laugh but nothing extreme
Honest. Intriguing. Soulful.
Gregory's long struggle with addiction.
I would have loved to hear Gregory Allman read this book, but Will Patton was a great choice.
Absolutely! Great narrator! Great story! Overall execellent!!!
Surprised me!!! The honesty and story... And the tale about my favorite hit "Melissa"
Great book!!! Great Narrator!!!
This is one of my favorite listens.
I love hearing "the story" behind successful people and how they got where they are.
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.
Been a fan since Laid Back was released--was interested in his life's journey.
Well, duh, Gregg!
Yeah, it was fine, but would have preferred to hear it from Gregg himself.
I'm No Angel
Heartbroken over his addiction struggles--why must talented people also be such tortured souls?
Gregg's view of other big name acts he had a chance to meet.
Gregg and his ability to weave a story.
This is a first, he catches your attention and keeps it.
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.
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.
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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