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My Cross To Bear

by Gregg Allman

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 5, 2013 | Hardcover

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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 spanned across the years.

The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed 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 meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking 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, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band''s permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than eleven 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 featuring over one hundred photos from throughout the band''s history, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.35 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062112031

ISBN - 13: 9780062112033

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My Cross To Bear

by Gregg Allman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.35 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062112031

ISBN - 13: 9780062112033

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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 spanned across the years.

The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed 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 meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking 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, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band''s permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than eleven 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 featuring over one hundred photos from throughout the band''s history, 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.

About the Author

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee. As a young student he attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. He then went on to Seabreeze High School when his family relocated to Florida. Gregg Allman's early interest in music came about after seeing artists like Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Patti Labelle and B.B. King perform. Allman soon took an interest in the guitar. Gregg Allman planned to become a dentist but soon fell in with his brother Duane's plans to become a musician and worked on his vocals and keyboards. In the mid-to-late-1960s, Gregg and Duane Allman played in a series of bands including The Escorts and The Allman Joys, mostly around the Southeastern United States. The Allman Joys relocated to Los Angeles, California, and were signed to Liberty Records, which renamed them The Hour Glass. The label executives were impressed with Gregg Allman's abilities as a vocalist and keyboardist and thought he had potential as a solo act. Duane Allman returned to Florida and began assembling what would later become known as The Allman Brother's Band. Gregg Allman soon followed his brother and took over the Hammond Organ, lead vocals and song writing for the band. After the death of Duane Allman in 1971, Gregg Allman started out on a solo career. His first album, Laid Back, was released in 1973. His solo career has continued intermittently throughout the decades. Allman's second chart single came in 1987 with the #49 peaking
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?This book is everything you could hope for: in a grizzled, laconic drawl, Allman provides a rambling backstage account of his five decades with the Allman Brothers Band, and he doesn?t seem to hold anything back. (New York Times Book Review)
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