My Cross to Bear (Hardcover)
|Author: Gregg/ Light Allman|
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|For the first time, rock icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the story of his career, opening up about his long struggle with substance abuse, the tragic death of his brother and life in one of rock music''s most legendary bands.|
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Offering a colorful portrait of growing up in the 1960s South, rock icon Greg Allman, who, with the Allman Brothers Band, defined the meaning of rock and roll, reveals the bands' many struggles, hardships, personality clashes and ultimately the joy that went into making some of the most electrifying rock and roll ever recorded. 250,000 first printing.
The career highs and lows, the rocky personal life, and the struggles with drug abuse--many know about the dramatic life led by musician Gregg Allman. Until now, however, the accounts have been scattered and riddled with conjecture. With this autobiography, the Hall-of-Fame songwriter offers a personal look into his life and music. Allman offers details about his early life and about the band he formed with his brother that brought these two southern boys international fame. Allman also discusses openly his multiple marriages and his experiences as father and grandfather. Still working as a touring musician, Allman has a unique perspective on what it means to be a lifelong musician.
This is a really good book about what I consider the best America has had to offer in the world of music. I have been a rabid Allman Brothers fan for 40 years. I got around to buying their Fillmore East album in 1972 after connecting the dots between Claptons Layla, and Duane Allman. Gregory goes into a very personal account of the dynamics that contributed to the music, which is evidently the most important thing in these guys lives. It helps me better understand Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, and especially Gregory Allman. Gregg has stated that with all the other books, and speculation, some dwelling on the darker side, that he wanted to tell his stories with their humor. The dark side is there, but there is some funny as heck stuff too. It helps to explain the friction that ended up with Dicky Betts out of the band. He goes through his marriages with some really good, funny stuff. In the end he's found peace in the world, and is TRULY, an Enlightened Rogue.