May 4, 2012

Feature Memoir: My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman

Title: My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman, with Alan Light
Hardcover: 400 pages; William Morrow
Publication: May 1, 2012

Book description: For the first time, rock icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the story of his career, opening up about his long struggle with substance abuse, the tragic death of his brother and life in one of rock music's most legendary bands.

Capturing the Allman Brothers' ongoing resurgence, the book includes over one hundred photos from throughout the band’s history and offers a glimpse inside one of the most popular and notorious bands in the history of rock music.

Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary review copy of this book.


  1. I am not a big Allman Brothers fan, but I know someone who is, and I will be pointing them towards this spotlight. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I'll be interested to read your thoughts about this memoir. The photos from the band's history would be fun to look at (are they b & w, like the cover?).

  3. Suko: at least half of the pictures are in color.

  4. I've never really been interested in him but your future review may change my opinion??!!

  5. I've liked Allman since the 70's. He has lived a crazy life as a lot of rock stars have and probably has an interesting story to share.

  6. This is a really good book about what I consider the best America has had to offer in the world of music. I have been a rabid Allman Brothers fan for 40 years. I got around to buying their Fillmore East album in 1972 after connecting the dots between Claptons Layla, and Duane Allman. Gregory goes into a very personal account of the dynamics that contributed to the music, which is evidently the most important thing in these guys lives. It helps me better understand Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, and especially Gregory Allman. Gregg has stated that with all the other books, and speculation, some dwelling on the darker side, that he wanted to tell his stories with their humor. The dark side is there, but there is some funny as heck stuff too. It helps to explain the friction that ended up with Dicky Betts out of the band. He goes through his marriages with some really good, funny stuff. In the end he's found peace in the world, and is TRULY, an Enlightened Rogue.


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