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My Cross To Bear [Hardcover]

Gregg Allman
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May 1 2012
For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of  brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

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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)

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. (USA Today)

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. (Kirkus Reviews)

“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.” (Birmingham News)

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Gregg Allman - My Cross To Bear Aug. 12 2012
By Randman
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I found this an easy read, down to earth writing style. Being a large Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman fan it was interesting to read Gregg's tale of how it all unfolded. Still after reading the book it still felt as if something was missing. Gregg played it safe and stayed on the outskirts of his story without really letting us understand how he ticks. Enjoyed the book but wanted more. A good read for any ABB fan. Very quick delivery and an easy purchase from Amazon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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It's no secret that I love music so it goes without saying that I really enjoy reading autobiographies of musicians, and I've read quite a few. But none has been as worthy of note, so brutally honest, poignant and impressive as Gregg Allman's, who with the help of Alan Light, writes about his remarkable life in My Cross to Bear.

'No, I'm no angel
No I'm not stranger to the streets
I've got my label
So I won't crumble at your feet
And I know baby
So I've got scars upon my cheek
And I'm half crazy
Come on and love me baby

No I'm no angel
No I'm no stranger to the dark
Let me rock your cradle
Let me start a fire with your spark
Oh come on baby
Come and let me show you my tattoo
Let me drive you crazy
Come on and love me baby'

The legendary front man for The Allman Brothers Band has lived a very hard yet rewarding life, filled with ecstasies and tragedies, and in My Cross to Bear he doesn't sugar coat one single bit of it. He allows us to see who Gregory really is, flaws and all, and I was so impressed by that. Reading this book is like sitting down and listening to the man talk directly to you, leading you to believe that he considers you a friend. I was so captivated by Gregory's voice and humour that I have been experiencing a re-appreciation of his music that has left me with a little crush on this 64-year-old, long blonde-haired, tattooed man.

Gregory LeNoir Allman hails from Nashville, TN where he was born on December 8, 1947. Since then he's spent a large part of his life in Georgia which he calls home. He's a true southern gentleman and he writes with his own distinctive southern voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff June 1 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Awesome delivery, very happy with the product and the price I paid for it. The book is a fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Auto Bio May 29 2014
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will preface this review by saying I have always been a fan of both the Allman Brothers Band and Greggory Allman himself.. This book is not a gloss over in relation to the good and bad of people. I think, though, that Greggory Allman was maybe not as forthcoming about his negative behaviors.Rather than go into details about incidents he would say. "I tried but it didn't work" etc etc. Details of other peoples difficulties were a lot more thorough.
Other than that little deal the book was enlightening, informative and entertaining. I recomend "My Cross To Bear" not only to the Allman fanatics but to the casual fan as well. Its well written, very informative and easy to read with a great "flow"
A solid 4.5 out of 5
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