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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    I've read them all. All of the books published, liner notes, art

    I've read them all. All of the books published, liner notes, articles I could find for the past 44 years, and internet searches too. However I must say reading Alan Paul's book One Way Out is a joy to read and pulls it all together. Most of us old timers have heard or read the all of the war stories through the years but this fills in the blanks of the Allman Brothers story.

    This is a real story of a bunch of young men figuring out their way through life with all of us on board to see and hear and of course read about.

    Long strange trip indeed, to borrow a phrase. All the while making some of the most incredible music for my ears.

    I no longer idolize these guys like I did in the seventies when I was young and naive. Not sure if I would even like some of them. However the constant is the music. That's what is it all about, in the beginning and now. Throughout all that they have been through in their lives the music has remained the dominant force. That is what I take away after reading this book.

    Alan Paul you did a great job on this including all of the beauty and the blemishes of the Allman Brothers Band. Thank you for "getting it" as a lot of us ABB fanatics would say and putting this book out there for us to enjoy.

    Steve D.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    I could not get enough of this book. Did not want to put it down

    I could not get enough of this book. Did not want to put it down but at the same time did not want it to end. I could have read and read more tails and stories about my beloved Allman Brothers Band. It is clear that Alan was/is a huge fan and wanted to present a clear and accurate account from all people who were/are close, up front, and personal. I especially liked the clarity of stories that fans never had a clear picture of. Every time period was accounted for and there was no gossip being spewed. The actual people involved were giving their side and knowledge of events. Great to hear from the ones who have done few interviews regarding their time in or with the band. Just excellent. This book is about the music, the people who created it past and present and loved it and still do to this day. I didn't think I could love this band any more. Reading these words told by each of them, and given to us from Alan is a gift..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    "One Way Out - The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Ba

    "One Way Out - The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band"
    St. Martin's Press - 2014
    Author - Alan Paul

    It's been long overdue; a once-and-for-all, no-holds-barred history of the Allman Brothers Band as told from the inside. While it's true that there's been no shortage of books dedicated to them over the years, including pictorials, a lengthy discography, an unauthorized band biography, one biography dedicated almost entirely to Brother Duane Allman, Gregg's autobiography, and a pair of readers from two longtime road warriors (one a roadie - the other from a former manager), all of them combined still didn't quite quench the thirst to hear the story as told by band members, both past and present. Well, the wait is over and it's an overwhelming success. Author Alan Paul goes far beyond the reaches of his e-book of a few years ago and offers up a 400-plus page tome that finally reaches the very core of this incredible band and the unerring vision that founder Duane Allman had. Breaking out of the Deep South (Macon, GA) in 1969, the Brothers delivered notice with their first album by blending a heady mix of hard-edged blues, touches of jazz and a bit of psychedelia that was quite unlike anything else of the time. The band's second and third albums went even further and brought the group some well-deserved acclaim before tragic accidents took the lives of guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley. As much as previous books about the Allmans had landed on these still-exposed nerves in the past, it's safe to say that none of them quite reached the pit of devastation the outfit felt over two consecutive years. Alan Paul's "One Way Out" wonderfully turns countless hours over years of interviews into first-hand accounts from band members that finally tell what it was truly like to reach the peak of rock music's mountain, overcome gut-wrenching tragedies, land on top of the charts and later decline into years of drug and alcohol abuse, then hit the top again two decades later, winning over new fans and reclaiming those who were around at the beginning. By transcribing a massive number of interviews, the author allows the story to be told by founding members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks and Jai Johnny Johanson, as well as those who joined in later years, Tom Doucette, Chuck Leavell, Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Johnny Neel, and a cast of others. And it doesn't stop there, with additional and very enlightening quotes from many more who were there at the outset and beyond; Kirk West, Linda Oakley, Willie Perkins, Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell and Kim Payne, this effort is as close as we'll ever get to sitting on the porch listening to everyone reminisce about all that's transpired over the decades of music and history. The fallouts, the friendships, the downs and the ups, the low and high points are all here, but it's not a trash-talking tell-all of embarrassment. Instead, it's been thoughtfully woven together to give the reader the inside scoop. Trust and great interview skills obviously played a major role in the author getting to the heart of the stories and those stories are many. To us, the Allman Brothers Band is a group that transcends time and transforms lives, and much like the band itself, Alan Paul's "One Way Out" will transcend time and become as timeless as the brilliant music created over the past forty-five years. Wonderfully done!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 20, 2014

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