My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman with Alan Light
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My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman with Alan Light
William Morrow
400 pages
February 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Gregg Allman has lived a life and then some. As the singer and main songwriter for the Allman Brothers Band, he and his bandmates went from local bar favorites to a group with a number one album and major tours. But along the way, he experienced a lot of pain and sorrow, including the death of his older brother, Duane, and the death of bass player Berry Oakley.

Allman's tale tracks his life growing up in the South, going to military school, and ultimately becoming the leader one of the most successful bands around. Addicted to drugs and alcohol for most of his life, Gregg talks about his battle with heroin and whisky culminating in a liver transplant that almost killed him.

Everything is covered here except the details surrounding his brother Duane's death. He talks about his feelings and the incredible sadness he felt, but there are no facts at all about how Duane died on his motorcycle on October 29, 1971. Still, this is one of the better musician-written autobiographies around, and for the first time you can read about the rise, failure and eventual re-ascension of one of the world's great bands.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2013

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