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

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One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The ...

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Overview

A New York Times Best seller!

 

One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, and many others.

Tracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, One Way Out is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more, including the most in-depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts and behind-the-scenes information on the recording of At Fillmore East, Layla, Eat A Peach, Brothers and Sisters, and other classic albums.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Howard Hampton
Alan Paul's One Way Out…is nothing fancy, but its alternating-voices format lays the band's mottled history out with a convincing sense of how its triumphs and hard times were wholly interwoven. The book's virtue is the way its democratic ethos mirrors that of the Allmans' racially integrated, communal aspect: The roadies play nearly as large a part in the story as the band members themselves.
Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Music writer Paul catches up with the legendary band in this entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers. Through interviews with every member of the band except Duane Allman and original bassist Berry Oakley, their friends and music associates, as well as in sidebars about various aspects of the band’s history and a “highly opinionated” discography, Paul traces the ups and downs of the band and its music from Duane’s and Gregg’s early bands in Jacksonville, Fla., the earliest days of the Allman Brothers as they developed their signature sound with the original members of the band, Duane’s side projects with Derek and the Dominoes and Muscle Shoals, through the deaths of Duane and Berry in the early ’70s to the various incarnations of the Allman Brothers over the past 20 years. In many ways, Duane’s ghost haunts the book. As Gregg recalls of his brother: “He was always up to something… he either had his head in a book, his arm around a woman, or his arm around a guitar and it was singing to him.” According to original drummer Jaimoe Johnson: “After Duane died, a lot changed. Everyone wanted to be Duane, but no one knew how to do shit except play music.” On the mystique and power of the Allman Brothers’ music, Dickey Betts reflects: “We seemed to have the longevity of an elephant.” (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-26
"I have viewed everything with the eyes and ears of a journalist but the heart and soul of a fan," writes Guitar World senior writer Paul (Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing, 2011), who spent decades and hundreds of interviews earning the trust of musicians who didn't always trust each other. "The Allman Brothers Band, I believe, has no equal." One need not share the author's belief in the band's supremacy to find its story engrossing. The majority of the book takes the form of oral history, which on other projects might sometimes seem slapdash and lazy but here proves crucial, for there are so many different perspectives--on everything from the band's name to leadership and songwriting credits--that having dozens of different voices serves readers well. Nobody disagrees on the overwhelming talent, inspiration and legacy of guitarist Duane Allman, who formed the band, saw it coalesce into something special, and died recklessly and young before the music reached its popular peak. Explains one fellow musician, "Duane died just on the downstroke of the diving board, as the band was about to launch." The loss of Duane and founding bassist Berry Oakley a year later would have brought an end to a less determined band, but the ABB somehow flourished despite a leadership void and decades of tensions exacerbated by drugs and alcohol. Perhaps the most complex relationship was between Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, as the former was never considered an equal partner with his brother, and the latter resented the implications of the band's name as he attempted to fill the guitar void and rule more by dictatorship than the universal respect Duane commanded. In the wake of Betts' departure and Gregg's sobriety, the responsibility has largely shifted to a new generation of guitarists, as the band improbably boasts its strongest dynamic since its original leader's death. The author doesn't pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive.
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"The author doesn't pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive." —-Kirkus Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250040497
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 44,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Paul

ALAN PAUL is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and his work has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members. He is the author of Big in China, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, People, and ESPN.com, among others.

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Table of Contents

Author’s Note xi

Cast of Characters xiii

FOREWORD BY BUTCH TRUCKS xix

PROLOGUE 1

1. BEGINNINGS 13

2. PLAYING IN THE BAND 17

3. GEORGIA ON A FAST TRAIN 32

4. DREAMS 51

SIDEBAR: DOUBLE TROUBLE 67

5. ONE MORE TRY 71

SIDEBAR: BLUE SUEDE 76

6. KEEP ON GROWING 81

7. LIVING ON THE OPEN ROAD 92

8. LIVE ALIVE 116

9. PUSH PUSH 135

10. SWEET LULLABY 143

11. MEAN OLD WORLD 147

12. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN? 157

13. AIN’T WASTING TIME NO MORE 165

SIDEBAR: SWEET MELISSA 176

14. DRUNKEN HEARTED BOY 179

SIDEBAR: THE BIG HOUSE 195

15. GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD 198

16. DEMONS 211

17. MOUNTAIN JAM 218

18. SHINE IT ON 225

SIDEBAR: SOUTHERN MEN 232

19. END OF THE LINE 234

SIDEBAR: OR GA NI ZA TION MAN 242

20. CAN’T SPEND WHAT YOU AIN’T GOT 245

21. IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY 265

22. REVIVAL 277

SIDEBAR: MARCH MADNESS 288

23. SECOND SET 290

24. STAND BACK 318

SIDEBAR: KICKIN’ ASS 336

25. LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN 340

26. WALK ON GILDED SPLINTERS 351

27. ONE MORE RIDE 357

SIDEBAR: YOUNGER BROTHER 367

28. HITTIN’ THE NOTE 371

29. THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER 379

AFTERWORD BY JAIMOE 399

Ac know l edg ments 403

APPENDIX: A HIGHLY OPINIONATED

ABB DISCOGRAPHY 407

Index 419

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Dreadful

    Superficial and unenlightening. A huge disappointment, for what might and could/should have been a fascinating subject.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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