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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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    the dude 05-02-12
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    "my cross to bear was awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    yes it was great to hear. i only wish gregg himself had done the the narration.


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

    nothing else compares except the phil lesh book on tape...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it. heart warming stories.


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

    when gregg talked about duane and his last conversation with him.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a must listen. i sat glued to it for 5 hours. the next 5hours was even better.the best 10 hours spent in my life so far.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mathew Moruzzo, Italy 08-05-13
    Mathew Moruzzo, Italy 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inside one of rock music's greatest bands"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Allman Brothers Band is one of my all time favorites so I was eager to learn anything I could about what led to such music. If you don't care for the music, the story of Gregg Allman will not be that interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a fitting ending. Greg Allman was resigned to his own mistakes and turned to religion after a life that seemed rather devoid of much deep thinking.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very good. This is what I think it would have sounded like in the author's voice.


    Could you see My Cross to Bear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued by the author's lack of insight into the pain and harm he had caused to others. For instance, when his roadie was busted and imprisoned for trafficking drugs for him, Gregg Allman basically said "He knew what he was doing." But GA does not reflect on the fact that if he (GA) had not had a desperate need for drugs and sent his roadie out to score them, the bust would not have happened. I love the music and would have liked to have discovered that the leader of the band (post-Duane) was more likeable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Riverside, CA, United States 01-26-13
    Gary Riverside, CA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "SO great!"
    Where does My Cross to Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are any kind of ABB fan you will love this book and the history. I loved everything about it and felt like I was right there with him.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M.E. Powers United States 09-22-12
    M.E. Powers United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Enlightening and entertaining!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely would recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about Gregg Allman. My spouse knew some of the folks with the Allman Brothers band and knew most of this history. He was curious how much Gregg would put out there and in my spouse's opinion, Gregg really put it ALL out there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I shared listening to this with my husband and we enjoyed just talking about the book together. It's just funny and sad and all those things that happen in a real person's life.


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

    No, but he did a great job with this reading and sounded very similar to Gregg.


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

    When he talks about his attempts to reconcile with his children and does so honestly and sometimes it is heartbreaking - but real.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Camp HIll, PA, United States 03-12-13
    Amanda Camp HIll, PA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best bios I have read in a LONG time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    Didnt read the print version but the reader on the audio version was amazing - sounded just like what I image Mr. Allman to sound like.


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

    All of it


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Felt like I was in the moment and there in the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Didnt exepct much out of this book but it is hands down one of the best I have "read" this year! Amazing story and history!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 06-29-12
    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 06-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrific on all counts"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    What a great read. While it's not at all necessary to have Iived through the eras, the music and the sidebars as an observer, it made it even more of a ride. Recommended to all and especially aspiring musicians as there is solid insight into Gregory's creative process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one could compare to Gregg.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Will Patton is Gregg Allman...can't imagine a better interpretation nor would I invite one.


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

    While he's no angel, it's great to hear his side


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "What a story!!"

    Being from the south, who doesn't love The ABB. What a life this guy has lead. I am fascinated he is still alive today. Good for him and his family, I hope he lives a long life and continues to write songs. I would love to hear Dickey Betts side of the story. Will Patton is on his A game as usual.

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    dwight baldwin 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good stuff"

    Really liked it.... Lucky greg minimized music theory and talked about band history.. Very entertaining

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    Andreas Moyseos 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't - the author did not bother to say much about the music created, the creative process etc. The book is mostly a factual account of his life, focused on the women he slept with and the drugs he did. By the end of the book, it was clear to me that I could not expect more - this is the simple story of a simple person.On the flip side, it was nice to see the hard work that it used to take to escape anonymity (before 'modern' times when kids show their ass on TV and become rich the next day).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Allman and Alan Light again?

    Nah.


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

    Anything Will Patton reads sounds alive and exciting. Do look him up (e.g. 'On the Road'), he is just amazing and perfect and I want him to read to me every night at bedtime.


    Was My Cross to Bear worth the listening time?

    The two things worth the listening time was Will Patton's performance and learning a few things about the history of my favourite hobby.I don't regret it, but if I knew what it was, I would choose something else.


    Any additional comments?

    Have a listen to this, and then compare.http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Herbie-Hancock-Possibilities-Audiobook/B00OGPRH88

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    Jared Spader 01-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just fantastic."

    If you're a fan of the Allman Brothers band, this is something that you should absolutely listen to/read. Loved it.

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    Detroitwich in the Wu
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    "not a beautiful mind"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I had a five minute crush on bGregg Allman. I thought he was probably interesting. This book disabused me of that notion.


    Would you recommend My Cross to Bear to your friends? Why or why not?

    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!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Payton read it well


    Do you think My Cross to Bear needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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