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Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul - Book Review

About The Book:

Now an instant New York Times bestseller, One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, and many others.

Tracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, One Way Out is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more, including the most in-depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts and behind-the-scenes information on the recording of At Fillmore East, Layla, Eat A Peach, Brothers and Sisters, and other classic albums.

My Thoughts:

If you are from the South, love Southern Rock music, and are a "baby boomer," then you know and love those boys from Florida - The Allman Brothers Band. Their music is legendary, their lives are legendary and now the tales of everything we've always "heard of" are related in a brilliant biography, "One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band," by Alan Paul.

Paul has gathered interviews with all the players, all the families and friends, and all the hangers-on to make this book one of the most fascinating collections of memories I've had the pleasure to read. 

There is pretty much no stone left unturned in this intimate and uniquely presented book.  Paul lays out the story of the Allman brothers, Duane and Greg, and their band mates with blended interviews with everyone who was around the band at it's start and at it's current state.

Fans of the band will eat this book up.  Fans of Southern rock music will love it as well. And fans of genuine, from-the-heart music will appreciate it for it's revelations and the respect with which it was compiled.

About The Author:

ALAN PAUL is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and his work has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members. He is the author of Big in China, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, People, and ESPN.com among others.

Check out his website at www.alanpaul.net

My thanks to the publisher and the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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