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My Cross to Bear Audiobook

My Cross to Bear

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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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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-14-12
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2017
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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!

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    John H Greenwood 11-07-17
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    "Loved it."

    Right or wrong, good or bad, it was an education for me. Will Patton makes it memorable.

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    Darwin 09-25-17
    Darwin 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Right from the Heart"

    Quite a ride through his life. The storyteller has that fine southern accent you could almost think if was Greggory Allman doing the talking.

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    RMF Ridgeland, MS United States 09-22-17
    RMF Ridgeland, MS United States 09-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Well-told life story"

    A well told story of a fairly despicable character. True to his soul, he can't seem to spare us an enormous amount of expletives except when (very briefly) speaking of his religious experience. Telling.
    All together there are an infinite amount of people more worth knowing, but if you want to know about Gregory this book will give you what you are looking for.

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    Edrick 09-18-17
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    "Recommended!"

    I got used to the narrator's voice pretty quickly and ended up loving Gregg's story as well as the way he told it. He had an interesting life and a humility about him that made me want to keep listening right up to the end.

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    Eddie 08-30-17
    Eddie 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A real treasure."

    I had a feeling I needed to listen to this book. I am so glad I did.

    Mr. Allman pulls back the curtain and allows the reader/listener a long hard look into the life of the Allman Brothers band and all the good and bad that came with it. Will Patton does a magnificent job of breathing life into the words, so much so you swear you're listening to Mr. Allman himself at times.

    Bravo.

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    Anonymous 08-29-17
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    "Authenticity"

    Excellent read. Loved it. Genuine, down to earth Gregg Allman. The way it was. As a former Road musician this book really struck a chord with me. If you are a Allman Brothers fan and even if you're not, this is an a authentic look into what it's really like to be on the road with a rock band

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    Deborah 07-28-17
    Deborah 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Excellent narrator! Almost like Allman himself was speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining audio book.

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    NMwritergal 06-24-17
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    "Poor writing"

    If a non-famous person tried to get this published, every single publishing house on earth would rightly reject it.

    I rarely read "famous people" memoirs because I'm afraid they won't be able to write. When a book is written "with" someone (in this case Alan Light), that's the signal that, indeed, the person cannot write. As I listened, I mostly found myself wondering what Light brought to the table because I can't imagine this book being any worse.

    The memoir is ALL telling and no showing. Additionally, the telling feels like a drunk person sitting on the couch for 10 hours rambling on about the story of his life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll--with tons of swearing (I swear like a sailor so if it's too much for ME...) and poor grammar. The writing is so very basic. Not a single interesting sentence.

    While the reader gets some sense of Gregg Allman himself, none of the other "characters" are developed at all.

    There is little reflection on any front. A memoir can survive that if it SHOWS with scenes. No scenes here.

    I have always liked the Allman Brothers' music and the book was on sale, so I took a chance. It did not pay off.

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    robert joe reynolds 06-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "what is it about the south"

    loved it the Southern Culture has produced so many amazing people..... I must read for any fan

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