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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

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Finding her celestial father

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.

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An Personal, Insightful and A Journey of Self-Discovery

This book which is read by the author is a journey of self discovery as much as it is self healing. Learning about your father from his music that was left behind as well as stories told by the musicians, the roadies, family and anyone that knew Duane. Truly painting a picture that hearing his spirit that he poured into his music, writing this book must of been bittersweet. Duane had his flaws as we all do but his love for his only child shines through in this book. I was married to a creative musician that tragically died and this book really touched me in healing ways. My prayer is that this book will touch others in a way that heals and inspires. Thank you Galadrielle for painting a true rich picture of your father.

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A Beautiful Narrative

I was completely absorbed in this story, which weaves the author's own journey into the story of her iconic father.

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Thank You

A story of Family, love, hurt, compassion and strength. I can never really know the full feelings, but as a guitarist, band member, father, brother I do understand the need to play on.
Thank you for your gift to me in allowing me to the inner thoughts of your family

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A very good listen.

Very well done story about Duane. A lot of deep insight to a brilliant young man taken from this earth way way too young. A lot of direct quotes from the people that he was closest to. I cannot possibly recommend this any higher. If you’re an Allman Brothers band fan and you have not listened to or read this book you simply HAVE TO!!! Extremely good book.

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a heart breaking, and warming story

if you want to know the story of diana allman and the allman bros., here it is, in painstaking detail. a wonderful book, read with joy and sadness by the author.

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Beautiful story of a daughters love for her father

A great account of the Allman Brothers Band and the great music they produced and played.

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A daughter's perspective of Skydog

Great insights that only a daughter could have. Remember Duane Allman! Can't help but to listen to his music in between reading this.

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Wonderful

Well researched and lots of great details. The author narrating this story made it even better.

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Thanks for sharing

A very personal story not a book about the allman brothers a book of someone's search a lot of very personal details