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As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost fifty years, he's been creating some of the most ...

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As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost fifty 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 stretched across the years.



The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, fueling each other's passion for music, and drifting from one band to another in search of a musical future that always seemed just out of reach. But all that changed one historic day 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 laid-back parties, from meeting girls on the road to jamming at the Fillmore East, from experimenting with drugs to forming a brotherhood. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of the greatest rock music of all time, without shying from the infamous and painful deaths of both his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking candidly and 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 as well as his own personal demons, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price, one that would haunt the Brothers for decades. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, personality clashes, and money squandering led to a series of breakups and reunions that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than twelve 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 and the liver transplant that saved his life, 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.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062132291
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 268,077
  • File size: 413 MB
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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    Highs, lows and in-betweens...the dude lets it rip! Great sense of humor, too! He doesn't expect nor does he ask for anything. I admire that about him.

    I know many have judged this man over the years, but I refuse to and never would. I think that I understand him. You can hear the pain and sorrow in much of his music, and there don't appear to be as many highs as there are lows in his life (and I mean that figuratively, not literally). Maybe those are to come!

    I can’t remember not loving this man, his music, Brother Duane, the ABB, and everything else as they were a huge part of my life (along with my three Brothers) while growing up in Georgia in the 60’s & 70’s.

    35 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Loved it. It's like sitting on the porch with a bottle of cheap

    Loved it. It's like sitting on the porch with a bottle of cheap wine and a pack of cigaretttes with the whole night to listen to a good ole boy reminisce.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

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    Highly Recommended if you grew up in the late 60's early 70's

    First of all, the enhanced edition is excellent. Secondly, Gregg Allman did a book signing at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location on May 23, 2012, and was humble, warm, friendly and outgoing. A true southern gentleman.

    I've been an Allman Brothers fan from the first time I heard their debut album played on WNEW-FM in NY on Scott Muni's show. Gregg's book takes you through his incredible journey.

    Again, highly recommended.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Brings you back

    Nice way to look at a legandary group perhaps a bit hard on richard but greg is one great blues master

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    highly recommended

    a great read could not put the book down! he speaks from the heart just as his music always does. ABB is the best American rock band ever period.... get the book!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Amazing!

    I just finished this book and it upsets me because the stories were fantastic and told honestly. I really get a sense that Mr. Allman is just as fantastic at writing books as he is at writing, composing, and playing music. I really enjoyed the rawness of his story. I feel like I was allowed to read his private journals because the story divulged so much information and never did he try to downplay his role in wrongdoing. I feel more connected by having read it and I always appreciate anything that makes me feel like i have learned lessons vicariously through the author. I sure hope one day that I can call him Gregory and congratulate him on this fantastic piece!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    NO WONDER HE CAN SING THE BLUES.

    Yikes! Wasted days and wasted nights. The liver transplant and the repentant heart make this an easy, worthwhile read.
    For those of us who are not fan's of Cher, kudos here, as she does not suffer fools gladly. Unless of course it's Hollywood Liberal politics. There are numerous accounts of people dying after their first hit of cocaine or heroin, this very talented man lived decades though what most addicts do not. Best song...2009 slow version of "Whipping Post."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Fantastic!

    Enc
    Enhanced version offers wonderful interview clips & a song, which is great. Gregg tells his story honestly & engagingly. Any fan would love this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    It's hard to rate this book objectively. If you are an Allman Br

    It's hard to rate this book objectively. If you are an Allman Brothers fan there is loads of interfering material in the book especially around there early years (which is over half the book)

    That being said, if you are not a fan, i think it's a tedious read. It's written like I imagine he talks and the subject are all over the place and the stories are often superfluous around most getting some

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    At first - seemed to be a real page turner. Then, slowly, I be


    At first - seemed to be a real page turner. Then, slowly, I began to realize...this is a piece of self serving BS. I don't think he can even remember that much of what happened during those days. I feel sorry for everyone who ever befriended this narcissistic jerk.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    For a ABB GA fan its a must read.

    Not really insightful but if you are a big fan, you pretty much have to read it. There are no surprises or anything profound. Just a dude that partied hard, drank hard and drugged hard while being involved in and responsivble for some great music. This is the first enhanced ebook ive bought. The enhanced features (video and audio) are quite nice. I will now always spring for an enhanced edition when available.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    My Cross to Bear GREAT READING


    Couldn't put it down


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Great Book

    Just goes to show you what God and the power of the Holy Spirit can do in our lives!

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    No Keith Richards

    I got 3 or 4 chapters into this and wasn't impressed. I don't know whether it was the way he was telling his story or the story itself. I love Gregg Allman's music and respect his legacy, but didn't get much out of his story. I'll have to go back to it at some point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Enjoyable if a little disturbing

    Gregg makes himself out to be quite the anti-hero. I enjoyed the history and background of the ABB that he provided, but at the same time, the blase attitude about his drug habits was a bit disturbing. One minor issue: he claims that Eric Clapton didn't play slide until meeting Duane Allman. However, the timeframe provided for that meeting was after the Beatles' White Album on which EC played slide. Overall, though, good read. I had just recently started digging into the ABB catalog, so this book was a good companion to that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    never again

    I will never attend another Allmans BB concert after reading this. Not the drugs, not the drinking and not the womanizing. Self inflicted gunshot wound to avoid military service!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Recommended for anybody of the late baby boomer generation

    The book is very entertaining. I grew up in the error of the Allman Brothers bank and their musical influence. It was I time that I easily identify with and enjoyed. I would recommend it to anybody in my generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Started reading this book 2 days ago past the half mark he tells

    Started reading this book 2 days ago past the half mark he tells it like it is man even some sorty`s about the warehouse in new orleans was lucky to meet greggory years ago

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly Recommended for any music lover

    Excellent book, Greg Allman talks about good times and bad times. Anyone who loves music, is struggling with sobriety needs to read this.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    I wonder, if I'd read this book in the 70's, if I would have eve

    I wonder, if I'd read this book in the 70's, if I would have ever been an Allman Brothers fan. 
    But still gives insight into his life and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And it made me want to
     go out and buy more music, his and some of his idols!

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