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 thoroughly enjoyed how Gregg just laid it all out there, his life, his music, his addictions. All make for very interesting read for any musician or any fan.
His connection to the music. Whether its the instruments or the writing, he continued to tell his own melodic story.
I have not, but I really enjoyed his narration. Best audio book performance I've heard. His accent and inflections made it feel like a guy from Macon telling Gregg's story.
Made me pick up my Les Paul Custom and jam some more!
Honest. Sober. Fair.
This is a bare it all, tell it like it was great story! Most rockers, bluesmen that have this tale to tell are dead, and Lord knows Gregg came close enough too many times - I think he will acknowledge, truthfully and soberly, that God has something left for him to do. Could there be a Reverend Gregg Allman? I'd love to spend an afternoon talking with this guy.
I gave the Performance ""3 stars"" because of the amount of the profanity, but the Story category is clearly a 5Star.
If you haven't read or listened to this - if Gregg and/or the ABB do it for ya - check this out. If you have the means to listen to it, I think that's the best, you hear it all in that same soulful voice. You can hear him well enough to know he's being truthful, and he tells some hard truths on himself.
Its enough to make you think he'd been tied to the whippin' post!
Clapton's autobiography, but this is a much better book. Clapton patted himself on the back a lot, talked a lot about how much money he had, etc. Not so here.
I didn't dislike anything - he told it all, in my opinion and as I know it.
The guy must have 9 lives, or God really hasn't finished with him. I'm a Christian, I'm inclined to think God has a plan for him.
Say something about yourself!
I like the allman brothers. even met greag sleeping on a friends couch in the bay area. One thing we both agree on is duane made the band. gregs a p*ssy.
I like him and the band alot before i read this book.
The narrator makes it even worse! I cant even listen to other books he narrates after this one.
Do yourself a favor. listen to the albums not the book.
keith richards is the real deal.
I dont know never read it.
I dont know, its the first bioagraphy I have ever been interested in.
"not a beautiful mind"
I had a five minute crush on bGregg Allman. I thought he was probably interesting. This book disabused me of that notion.
I would have to tell anyone hoping to hear an interesting take on Gregg or the Allman brothers not to listen to this. Turns out his ego and his sense of wonderment at himself makes him unlikeable and frankly disappointing. What a shame!
Will Payton read it well
Definitely not. This is all you need to know about a man who really shouldn't have any friends left...... I would prefer one of his band members memoirs next time around.
We are all human and fallible. However Gregg writes with false modesty and justifies much of his moral failing on others. Not nice.
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