Skydog: The Duane Allman Story

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A god to guitarists and an icon to rock fans, Duane Allman brought white-hot intensity to his life, whether wailing onstage with the Allman Brothers Band, burning up the road astride his beloved Harley, or working out alone with his guitar as night turned to morning.

Skydog reveals the complete story of this complex personality: his childhood and musical awakening; his struggling first bands; his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar; his emergence as an A-list session player; ...

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Overview

A god to guitarists and an icon to rock fans, Duane Allman brought white-hot intensity to his life, whether wailing onstage with the Allman Brothers Band, burning up the road astride his beloved Harley, or working out alone with his guitar as night turned to morning.

Skydog reveals the complete story of this complex personality: his childhood and musical awakening; his struggling first bands; his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar; his emergence as an A-list session player; his creation of the Allman Brothers Band and the Southern Rock genre; his tragic death at age 24, and his thriving musical legacy.

Author and music industry veteran Randy Poe taps the people who knew Duane best - along the way chronicling the tumultuous era that shaped Allman and his music, and that he in turn transformed.

Featuring a foreword by ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons, Skydog includes a comprehensive discography of Duane Allman's work with his own bands and on other artists' recordings, a meticulously researched roundup of his studio and stage instruments, and a look at the continuing lives and careers of Allman's friends and bandmates.

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Duane Allman was the force behind the Allman Brothers Band from the group's inception in the late 1960s until Duane's death at 24 in a motorcycle accident in 1971. In this first full-scale biography of Allman and his band, Poe, a music writer and music publishing executive, illuminates why the guitarist and songwriter is regarded as one of the most influential in rock. Poe portrays Allman as a restless explorer who honed his skills in the bars and clubs of the Southeast before founding with brother Gregg the Allman Brothers Band. Special attention is also paid to Allman's music, as Poe details the creation of seminal albums such as The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East (1971) and Allman's stints as backing musician for artists like Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton. Concluding with an update on the musicians associated with Allman and the continuation of the band, a detailed discography, and a section devoted to the guitars and equipment that he used, Poe's book is recommended for libraries with popular culture and music collections. Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309398
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 369,499
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Billy F Gibbons Gibbons, Billy F

Prologue

1 Where It All Begins 1

2 A Guitar & a Motorcycle, Part 1 7

3 The Escorts 17

4 The Allman Joys 25

5 Like Sands Through the Hour Glass 37

6 Power of Love 49

7 The Epiphany 55

8 The Hour Glass in Muscle Shoals 59

9 How Blue Can You Get? 63

10 The Road to Fame 75

11 The Solo Album 89

12 Two Days in March 101

13 The Calling of the Brotherhood 109

14 The Allman Brothers Band 123

15 The Fillmores, Part 1 133

16 Idlewild South 137

17 Duane, Eric & Layla 155

18 The Fillmores, Part 2 171

19 Mann & Allman 191

20 The Final Tour 197

21 A Guitar & a Motorcycle, Part 2 205

22 Eat a Peach 215

23 The Allman Brothers Band A.D. 221

24 Decline, Fall & Resurrection 233

Epilogue: Still Peakin' at the Beacon 251

Afterword 257

Acknowledgments 263

Farther on Up the Road 267

Duane Allman-A Discography 273

The Guitars of Duane Allman 285

References 299

About the Author 305

Photo Credits 307

Index 309

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Origin of Southern Rock. Definately worth the read.

    This is definately a must read book for anyone who remembers this time in music history. It tells about the pre-Allman Brothers days as well as the long list of artist Duane did session work with. The book also includes a section with pictures, devoted to the guitars Duane played for real aficionados. This book will not only make you want to pull out any of your old records (yeah, I said records) but, it'll make you want to dig up some of his session player/sideman work. If you didn't know before you read this book how great Duane was, you will learn and you'll understand why his untimely death is still such a great loss.

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