"No Saints, No Saviors": My Years with the Allman Brothers Band

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Willie Perkins left the staid, conservative world of commercial bank auditing to jump headlong into the burgeoning beginnings of The Allman Brothers Band and follows their meteoric and sometimes tragic rise, fall, and revival. Perkins's interest in the business of music and his association with an interesting pair of friends led him to the opportunity to go to work with the Allmans at the earliest stage of their career. For the first time we learn from a true insider what it was like to live the nomadic life on ...
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Overview

Willie Perkins left the staid, conservative world of commercial bank auditing to jump headlong into the burgeoning beginnings of The Allman Brothers Band and follows their meteoric and sometimes tragic rise, fall, and revival. Perkins's interest in the business of music and his association with an interesting pair of friends led him to the opportunity to go to work with the Allmans at the earliest stage of their career. For the first time we learn from a true insider what it was like to live the nomadic life on the road with the Allmans from their earliest low-buck club tours through the triumphant million-dollar months of outdoor stadium dates in the mid-seventies. Perkins vividly describes living in the band's "Big House," and what it was like to room on the road with the legendary Duane Allman and what a truly amazing person he was. The author tells of all the band and crew members, and shares how they all dealt with the bumpy road to rock stardom. The fast life of touring, performing, and recording, with its huge rewards and triumphs, is seen with literary clarity in these pages. Perkins's memory of the sorrow and grief suffered from the untimely deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley is paralleled by the band's dogged determination not to give up. The reader is not spared the details of the destructiveness of drug and alcohol abuse, and will learn the true facts behind the drug trial of John "Scotter" Herring. Read how the band and its crew dealt with family life, girl-friends, and groupies. You will learn about the making of the legendary Live At Fillmore East album, the band's generous charitable contributions, and their relationship with Jimmy Carter.

No book on The Allman Brothers Band would be complete without an account of Gregg Allman's solo comeback of the eighties and the twentieth-anniversary reunion tour of The Allman Brothers Band. No Saints, No Saviors is a story of triumphs and heart-breaks, but ultimately it is a story about how the music of The Allman Brothers Band may well live forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865549678
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 471,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter 1 First Day on the Job 1
Chapter 2 Beginnings 3
Chapter 3 Twiggs 6
Chapter 4 I Get the Call 10
Chapter 5 The Big House 13
Chapter 6 Crash Course 17
Chapter 7 Tour, Tour, Tour, and a Fateful Meeting 25
Chapter 8 Bunking with Duane 30
Chapter 9 More of the Same 37
Chapter 10 Live at the Fillmore East 43
Chapter 11 Busted 46
Chapter 12 Lady Luck and the Slide Bottle 52
Chapter 13 Happy Birthday 54
Chapter 14 The Closing of the Fillmore East 56
Chapter 15 Headed for a Fall 58
Chapter 16 The Passing of Duane 61
Chapter 17 The Dark Year 65
Chapter 18 Enter Chuck Leavell 72
Chapter 19 Another Brother Departs 75
Chapter 20 The $15,000.00 Line of Cocaine, a Sure Cure for the Hiccups, and Other Promoter Stories 78
Chapter 21 A New Beginning 82
Chapter 22 Wives, Girlfriends, Groupies, and Band Aids 92
Chapter 23 The Pinnacle 95
Chapter 24 Charities and Benefits 104
Chapter 25 Trouble in the Studio and a National Soap Opera 108
Chapter 26 The Beginning of the End 115
Chapter 27 The Real Scooter Herring Story 118
Chapter 28 The Scooter Herring Trial and Beyond 124
Chapter 29 I Get the Call Again 134
Chapter 30 A Few Words about Finances 145
Afterword 148
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    GREAT READ

    This is the only story about the legendary Allman Brothers Band written by a true insider. It's a great read; it's funny; it's sad; it recalls in great detail what it was like to work in the crazy rock and roll business in the 1970's, a far cry from what it is today. It wasn't what you looked like, it wasn't how you dressed, it was how you sounded. It was about music, not image.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Fascinating Insider's View On Working With The Allman Brothers Band.

    This book will make you laugh and make you cry plus give you a real insider's view on working and touring with one of America's greatest rock bands. Well written and highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    My Brother did good!

    It was truly amazing growing up with a brother who left the 'suit and tie' world to go to Macon and get in the Rock and Roll business. This book came out exactly as I thought it would. Very truthful and very discerning without compromising the professionalism that I know Willie has in his work and life. It is a must read for those of us who grew up in the Southern Rock era and still revel in the sounds of dueling guitar symetry with a bass and slide that stirs emotion in my heart to this very day!

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