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
yes it was great to hear. i only wish gregg himself had done the the narration.
nothing else compares except the phil lesh book on tape...
all of it. heart warming stories.
when gregg talked about duane and his last conversation with him.
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.
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.
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.
The performance was very good. This is what I think it would have sounded like in the author's voice.
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.
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.
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.
All of it
Felt like I was in the moment and there in the story
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!!
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.
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.
No, but he did a great job with this reading and sounded very similar to Gregg.
When he talks about his attempts to reconcile with his children and does so honestly and sometimes it is heartbreaking - but real.
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.
No one could compare to Gregg.
Will Patton is Gregg Allman...can't imagine a better interpretation nor would I invite one.
While he's no angel, it's great to hear his side
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.
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!
Life is Love is Life
Yes this book was awesome to listen to and the narrator was fabulous as Gregg.
Print books have their place but this one was so much fun to listen to.
So many moments but I think when he shot himself in the foot! Having grown up in the Vietnam war era and imagining that moment in time. The part where Gregg talks about Duane's funeral was really moving. The end of the book was so heartwarming and a real inspiration for anyone who has gone thru addictions and grief in their life. It brings back the times, the hippie and freak children days.. carefree and so turbulent.
It's not my cross to bear so crucify me anyway!
The Allman Brothers Band will live on forever as one of the greatest American Rock and Roll/Blues bands of all time. They truly were the innovators of what is now called Southern Rock.
"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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