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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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    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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    Where does My Cross to Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trent Atlanta, GA 04-18-14
    Trent Atlanta, GA 04-18-14
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    "Amazing story and delivery of a great musician"
    What did you love best about My Cross to Bear?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His connection to the music. Whether its the instruments or the writing, he continued to tell his own melodic story.


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

    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.


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

    Made me pick up my Les Paul Custom and jam some more!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 11-17-13
    Alan 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story!"
    If you could sum up My Cross to Bear in three words, what would they be?

    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!


    What other book might you compare My Cross to Bear to and why?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't dislike anything - he told it all, in my opinion and as I know it.


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

    Some laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "sucks"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe mahopac, NY, United States 02-12-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    I dont know never read it.


    What other book might you compare My Cross to Bear to and why?

    I dont know, its the first bioagraphy I have ever been interested in.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Duane Allman


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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