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Gregg Allman's Memoir

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A few years back, Gregg Allman said in an interview that one thing was for sure, the book he was writing wouldn't have a song title. So when the publication of his memoir, My Cross To Bear (William Morrow, 2012) was announced, my initial reaction was somewhere between skepticism and ambivalence. Not only was the book a play on his song, “Not My Cross to Bear," but at least eight of the chapters were directly taken from song titles.Beyond that, I wondered about the impact prolonged and excessive drug and alcohol abuse had on his long-term memory and ...

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Gregg Allman: My Cross to Bear

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My Cross to BearGregg Allman w/ Alan LightHardback; 380 pagesISBN 978-0062112033William Morrow2012 The most vibrant interludes in guitarist and singer Gregg Allman's autobiography are those where he talks about songwriting. His accounts of exchanging and refining ideas, by himself or collaboratively, carries a level of engagement hard to find elsewhere in the 380 plus pages. Little wonder Allman values the gift of songwriting, and does so with a fervor that outshines his description of the spirituality he's come to embrace in his later years: it is his ...

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Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

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Low Country Blues is Gregg Allman's eighth (not counting anthologies) solo recording. His previous solo effort was 1997's Searching for Simplicity (Sony), and for those counting, that was 14 years ago. His present recording reflects a trend established with Johnny Cash's American> releases (American Recordings, 1994-2010) and Joe Cocker's Organic (550 Music, 1996), and most recently manifesting in Tom Jones' Praise and Blame (Island Records, 2010) These are recordings made relatively late in each artists' career under the direction of firebrand producers (Rick Rubin, Don Was and Ethan Johns, respectively) that were well-received critically and were characterized ...

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Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

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Low Country Blues is keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Allman's first solo album in fourteen years, and in many ways unlike any other project of its kind. Comprised largely of blues covers by the likes of Muddy Waters and Sleepy John Estes, and produced by the estimable T-Bone Burnett, it nevertheless is as personal a piece of work as Allman's very first album under his own name, Laid Back (Capricorn/Polder, 1973). But where that album was distinctly of its time, including Allman Brothers staples and other originals plus selected covers like Jackson Browne's “These Days," this Rounder release sounds timeless--almost as ...



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