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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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a very pleasant surprise

I read Skydog, an earlier biography of Duane Allman, a few years ago in one sitting. In that biography, the author mentioned that Duane's daughter was working on one, as well.
At first, I thought, "Great! An amateur takes on a big project. It w will surely be amateurish." Boy! Was I WRONG!
Galadrielle is a superb writer. The flow is very professional; yet, the biography has such a personal touch. She has just the right mix of sources, including her mother's. It is not too heavy on her mother's perspective.
Galadrielle did such a magnificent job of describing songs and sessions, I found myself going to the songs and listening before I would go on in the book. I discovered gee song "Please Be With Me" because of this book. That itself was worth the read.
I have also read Gregg Allman's autobiography, My Cross to Bear. Although I would recommend all three books I have mentioned, Please Be With Me is by far the most highly recommended.

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Well done

Ms Allman does a remarkable job in talking about her father and her life.
Well done and love the story and insights.
Thank you for sharing!

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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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Just not my cup of tea

I LOVE Duane Allman. When I was a kid I was infatuated with the Allman Brothers Band. I couldn't get enough of Duane Allman And Dickey Betts and how they played off each other and drove the whole band to exhilarating heights. It was Duane's playing that got me to learn how to play the blues. I listened to everything he ever did and tried to emulate his playing style (TRIED to emulate his playing style). He got me to begin learning to play the guitar. I ended up majoring in music performance with an emphasis in classical guitar in college, but, it was the blues where my heart really was. So, when I learned of this bio on Duane Allman and read the glowing reviews I couldn't wait to listen and hear all the inside stories about what drove him to be a great guitarist. However, I was a little disappointed in this bio. I know it was written by his daughter and I in no way am down on her attempt here. But she focus' on the details of his private life with his family and girlfriends, which resulted in having Galadrielle, and she (to her credit) takes the opportunity to give you a peek into a side of Duane Allman that other bio's don't. However, I'm not the least bit interested in his relationships with his various girlfriends or how he a Greg did whatever when kids. I am more interested in how he accomplished so much in music in such a short time, which this bio does go into detail about. But before you can get to that info you first have to slog your way through other details that don't really have anything to do with it. Though, I admit that others would find it all interesting and worth the price of the book. I just don't. So, this may be an interesting read for others, it's just not my cup of tea.


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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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