A deeply personal, revealing, and lyrical portrait of Duane Allman, founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, written by his daughter
Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother’s arms. Playing was her father - Duane Allman, who would become one of the most influential and sought-after musicians of his time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. His daughter was two years old.
Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, and when she did, she began to ask for stories - from family, fellow musicians, friends - and they began to flow.
Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.
©2014 Galadrielle Allman (P)2014 Random House Audio
Starting 2/14 (for love of family and time-benefit of readers), I'll limit reviews to 100 words or less with exceptions for the exceptional
Imagine your father died before you could know him. Add to that, that almost all you have are news stories and articles to know anything about him; that all you've had to hold near your heart are scattered photos, only one of him and you; that people tell you repeatedly how much you look like, and remind them of, him; that what you basically know of him is the near-mythic Southern tale, that he was an ultra-talented rock star lost so young in a motorcycle accident, just as his career was taking off, and thereafter became iconic for Southern rock 'n roll and dying young.
Duane Allman's daughter, smart as a whip, driven and artistic like her dad, started like this and decided to discover the man, the father, to know him, by talking to and getting to know family and his friends. Out of her journey comes her lovely, loving serenade, by which any human can sense through her lilt, her heart, her sadness and joy and her self-discovery.
A beautiful book read, as it should be, by the author.
this is a book i would listen to again because there was so much detail.
duane allman was a super talented musician who died much too young. he was a complicated person, not just a star. this book really paints a picture of the whole person, not just the guitar magician.
Galadrielle told this story from the heart.
This is one of the best books I have read on the Allman Brothers Band and Duane Allman.
This is probably the best book on the subject of the beginnings of the Allman Brothers and its founder Duane Allman. It is hard to imagine what an artistic genius is much less how one came to be. This story however is so much more than that. It is a heartfelt search by a daughter who set out on a journey to find out who her Dad really was not only as a musical artist but as a father. My emotions went through many highs and lows in this audiobook. After 40 years I appreciate being alive long enough to find out what made Duane Allman tick. The story is both one of victory and heartache for what was and what could have been - the enormous legacy left behind which grew into something almost unimaginable. I too looked up to what Duane Allman was as a guitarist who was a legend to many young guitarists such as I was. I took away with Duane's approach which is simple - the music must always come first and let yourself go in your interpretation of it. Thanks for answering the many questions about Duane Allman I had for all of these years.
How even Duane Allman found it very difficult to merge his musical pursuits with the what he seemed to want for himself in his private life. I was impressed by what Donna Roosman Allman went through and how she managed through the craziness of the band family including the many heartaches she had endured.
I hear the hurt, the astonishment and some of the frustration she had faced in her search and yearning to be with her Dad whom she really never knew but seems to have found him. The rampant drug use was amazing to me and it appeared to be amazing to the Galadrielle also.
I would have loved to if that was at all possible
I had looked for this book to be converted to an audible book for quite some time. I am very happy that it finally was and it was worth the wait to have Galadrielle narrate it. Well done. I plan to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see Duane's guitar.
Being enlightened as to the extent that Duane sought music as his quest. No racial barriers, just the music. Going to clubs "across the tracks" just to seek the styles of other musicians.
I don't know of any others.
I got goosebumps a few times....When she was talking about Clapton and Layla...I just fucking shivered.
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