For the true fan of music, genre doesn’t matter in appreciation of an iconic and legendary artist or group. This is true for Miles Davis, Beethoven, Michael Jackson, or the Allman Brothers Band. Alan Paul’s new book One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band seeks to illuminate their history for new and old fans alike!
Here is an overview:
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.
Alan Paul has followed and written about the Allman Brothers Band for nearly a quarter century, conducted countless interviews, and in this expansive volume he brings in a wide range of voices 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.
At the author’s website there are links to buy the book on Amazon (hardcover and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (hardcover and Nook), iBooks, Powells and more. Some of those sites offer discounts on the various editions.
You can buy the book directly from Words here, for $29.99 hardcover, $14.99 eBook, and $29.99 MP3 CD.
Rolling Stone magazine (right now just the paper edition we get at home) has an early review, saying “This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving band members get to have their say.”
Also, if you are in the New York / New Jersey area you have some special opportunities to attend a reading and book launch happening this Saturday February 22nd at 7:30 Words Bookstore, Maplewood, NJ. You can see the event info on Facebook.