My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062112057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 66,070
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Gregg Allman is one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to make music as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers and lives in Georgia.

Alan Light is a former editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Table of Contents

Prologue: January 1995 3

1 Brothers 9

2 Dreams 29

3 The Foot-Shootin' Party 55

4 Hollyweird 79

5 Us Against the World 105

6 The People's Band 131

7 Come and Go Blues 159

8 Uppers and Downers 179

9 October 29, 1971 195

10 "Who's Gonna Be Next?" 207

11 Multi-Colored Ladies 225

12 Cher 241

13 Trials, Tribulations, and the White House 261

14 It Just Ain't Easy 277

15 No Angel 295

16 Ain't Wastin' Time No More 313

17 One Way Out 335

18 Low Country Blues 345

19 Trouble No More 365

Acknowledgments 379

Index 383

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My Cross to Bear 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
GaPeachBC More than 1 year ago
Highs, lows and in-betweens...the dude lets it rip! Great sense of humor, too! He doesn't expect nor does he ask for anything. I admire that about him. I know many have judged this man over the years, but I refuse to and never would. I think that I understand him. You can hear the pain and sorrow in much of his music, and there don't appear to be as many highs as there are lows in his life (and I mean that figuratively, not literally). Maybe those are to come! I can’t remember not loving this man, his music, Brother Duane, the ABB, and everything else as they were a huge part of my life (along with my three Brothers) while growing up in Georgia in the 60’s & 70’s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. It's like sitting on the porch with a bottle of cheap wine and a pack of cigaretttes with the whole night to listen to a good ole boy reminisce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it upsets me because the stories were fantastic and told honestly. I really get a sense that Mr. Allman is just as fantastic at writing books as he is at writing, composing, and playing music. I really enjoyed the rawness of his story. I feel like I was allowed to read his private journals because the story divulged so much information and never did he try to downplay his role in wrongdoing. I feel more connected by having read it and I always appreciate anything that makes me feel like i have learned lessons vicariously through the author. I sure hope one day that I can call him Gregory and congratulate him on this fantastic piece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice way to look at a legandary group perhaps a bit hard on richard but greg is one great blues master
PIanoTunerNYC More than 1 year ago
First of all, the enhanced edition is excellent. Secondly, Gregg Allman did a book signing at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location on May 23, 2012, and was humble, warm, friendly and outgoing. A true southern gentleman. I've been an Allman Brothers fan from the first time I heard their debut album played on WNEW-FM in NY on Scott Muni's show. Gregg's book takes you through his incredible journey. Again, highly recommended.
PILGRIMS8 More than 1 year ago
Yikes! Wasted days and wasted nights. The liver transplant and the repentant heart make this an easy, worthwhile read. For those of us who are not fan's of Cher, kudos here, as she does not suffer fools gladly. Unless of course it's Hollywood Liberal politics. There are numerous accounts of people dying after their first hit of cocaine or heroin, this very talented man lived decades though what most addicts do not. Best song...2009 slow version of "Whipping Post."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enc Enhanced version offers wonderful interview clips & a song, which is great. Gregg tells his story honestly & engagingly. Any fan would love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a great read could not put the book down! he speaks from the heart just as his music always does. ABB is the best American rock band ever period.... get the book!!
Mattmatt More than 1 year ago
Not really insightful but if you are a big fan, you pretty much have to read it. There are no surprises or anything profound. Just a dude that partied hard, drank hard and drugged hard while being involved in and responsivble for some great music. This is the first enhanced ebook ive bought. The enhanced features (video and audio) are quite nice. I will now always spring for an enhanced edition when available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to rate this book objectively. If you are an Allman Brothers fan there is loads of interfering material in the book especially around there early years (which is over half the book) That being said, if you are not a fan, i think it's a tedious read. It's written like I imagine he talks and the subject are all over the place and the stories are often superfluous around most getting some
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As some of you may know, I¿m a big Allman Brothers Band fan. Not the biggest, but big enough. I¿ve seen Gregg perform solo a good number of times and the Allman Brothers Band pretty much regularly at the Beacon Theater in New York. So Gregg¿s autobiography was a must read, regardless of the reviews, which were pretty good.My Cross to Bear is an interesting read. It¿s like sitting in Gregory¿s (his real friends call him Gregory, not Gregg) living room over a cup of coffee (since he¿s alcohol/drug free) and listening to him ramble on about his life, his brother, his wives, bandmates, etc. He doesn¿t `diss¿ anyone nor does he reveal any major revelations. His alcohol and drug abuse, as well as that of his bandmates, made for a turbulent life.However, My Cross to Bear is more notable for what it doesn¿t say. Searching for Simplicity is far and away Gregg¿s best solo album as well as, in my humble opinion, one of the best blues albums around. It apparently is one that Gregg¿s proud of as well. Yet there¿s scant mention of it and there¿s no mention of why he never plays songs from it in his concerts. Hittin¿ the Note is the best (and only) Allman Brothers album produced recently and he barely mentions it, other than to say Jaimoe came up with the title from one of Berry Oakley¿s pet phrases.While My Cross to Bear is a must for Allman Brothers fans, I¿d rather have heard less about the tos and fros of his travels and more about the making of some of the best music we¿ll ever hear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book .very very honest, although he did not talk too much about his family. I admire the work ethic that they all had and their love and dedication for music I really believe that showed way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting look into Gregg Allman life, good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gregg tells tales that only he would know and could tell. Fairly comprehensive. Worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThePirate More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good bio.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved his look back over his shoulder in such a beautifully painful brutally honest fashion. I believe the real Gregory Allman be found between these pages .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a life! An incredible musician,you can really tell he loves to make people happy. A great read! Play on!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a fan of ABB. He is all over in this book. Confusing to stay with his thoughts. How he can remember some of the things is beyond me. So i have to say that the book was disappointing to me even though he is honest. The man definately think very highly of himself and certainly puts himself before any of his kids. I love music.....all kinds so i had to read it. My Cross to Bear...disapointing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readitreaditreadit More than 1 year ago
This is autobiography is very well-written and genuine. The writing style was easy to follow and the content was so good, you couldn't wait to turn the page. If you're a fan of the Allman Brothers, or from Macon, GA, I highly recommend this book. It's time well-spent.
South59 More than 1 year ago
Just goes to show you what God and the power of the Holy Spirit can do in our lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cootygirl More than 1 year ago
I got 3 or 4 chapters into this and wasn't impressed. I don't know whether it was the way he was telling his story or the story itself. I love Gregg Allman's music and respect his legacy, but didn't get much out of his story. I'll have to go back to it at some point.