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For almost fifty years, Gregg Allman has been creating some of the most recognizable songs in rock music, and now, he shares the full story about the wild ride of his life. From growing up with his older brother, Duane, to forming the Allman Brothers Band, from run-ins with the law to jamming at the Fillmore East, Gregg goes behind the scenes of some of the greatest rock music ever recorded, while also speaking for the first time about the painful deaths of Duane and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in wake of tragedy, he shows the heavy price of their decision to continue, discussing his own battles with substance abuse as he floated through a string of failed marriages, including his relation-ship with Cher, before finally cleaning up.
Capturing the Allman Brothers ongoing, triumphant resurgence, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, offering a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music.
About the Author
Gregg Allman is one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band and a legend of American music. A recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and continues to make music as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he has sold millions of records around the world, with his most recent album, Low Country Blues, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard chart. He lives in Georgia.Alan Light is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone and the New York Times. The former editor-in-chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, he is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music writing.
Praise for My Cross to Bear LP…
In his memoir, the rambling and rambunctious Gregg Allman lays bare his soul… In the end, Allman, writing with music journalist Light, has produced a fiercely honest memoir.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This is a story about musical brotherhood. Rich and moving... Nothing less than profound. Life, love and music from one of the most influential American recording artists of the last 40 years.
A soul-searching rumination on a hard-lived life... For generations of fans, Allman’s book provides insights into the many turns in that long road... MY CROSS TO BEAR carries a welcome seal of honesty.
“Packed with juicy anecdotes, gripping details and raw energy…Fans of the Allman Brothers Band are certain to relish the revelations... MY CROSS TO BEAR provides a window into Allman’s tortured soul - he presents himself as a man cracked and flawed, yet somehow intact.”
…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