Read My Cross to Bear Online Free - As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost fifty years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.
The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed when Duane and Gregg came together with four other men to forge something new—a unique sound shaped by soul, rock, and blues and brimming with experimentation; a sound not just of a band, but of a family.
Bringing to life the carefree early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg holds nothing back—from run-ins with the law to meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking for the first time about the profound impact that his brother's death had on him, Gregg offers a tribute to Duane that only a younger brother could write, showing how, to this day, he still confronts the grief of losing his big brother, even as Duane continues to guide and inspire him.
Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in the face of death, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than eleven times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all.
Capturing the Allman Brothers' ongoing, triumphant resurgence as well as his own recent fight against hepatitis C and featuring over one hundred photos from throughout the band’s history, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, providing a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music and demonstrating how, through it all, the road goes on . . . forever.
|Title||:||My Cross to Bear|
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June 08, 2017
Timely Read on the Late Gregg Allman
Singer/Songwriter under Entry for 'Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll'
in Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Encyclopedia
In a pivotal scene in Cameron Crowe's movie "Almost Famous," Lester Bangs, a famous rock critic played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, scolds fifteen-year-ol...
July 03, 2017
Sex—Drugs—Rock & Roll—Repeat
I don’t know if I could have read this but I enjoyed listening to it with the excellent Will Patton narrating. It came across as though he was sitting back on the couch telling me his stories.
It had some moments but he lived a hard and reckless life and it got...
March 17, 2014
I thought Gregg Allman's autobiography was very honest and straightforward and I enjoyed learning about him and the rise and fall of the Allman Brothers Band. Drugs and alcohol doomed this band as it did so many other great bands and Allman's recounting of his addiction is tragic and sad. He was...
October 11, 2016
Meh, this was alright. I really like the Allman Brothers band and I love Gregg's singing voice. As for Gregg himself, I'm not sure. I am glad he finally got his life in order and is trying to be a better dad. Would I recommend this, probably not. (I will still rock-out to his band though)!!
August 06, 2012
Jeez but I love summer with its hall pass to unabashedly read trash like this. If it’s content you seek you’ll learn more from the back of a box of Cocoa Puffs. It’s a stretch to consider Allman even one dimensional. Still, his ability to use the word ‘shit’ as noun, adjective, adverb and verb is...
July 19, 2012
This is tough to rate. Gregory's style is conversational and easy to read and often hilarious. It's like he's just sitting there on your sofa telling you about his life, complete with colorful Southern expressions and lots of swearing. I blew through the second half in one afternoon.
September 04, 2017
3.5. I probably wouldn't have paid any attention to this memoir were it not for Gregg Allman's recent passing and a mention in another review that Will Patton narrates the audiobook. Mr. Patton always does a fine job, even if he does sound just like the crazed killer in Stephen King's Bill Hodges...
August 14, 2016
The title comes from his song "It's Not My Cross To Bear," and the full song title would have been more apt. No matter what went wrong with the band, according to Gregory, it wasn't really his fault. For example, the decline the band saw in the eighties was the fault of the audience and the chang...
July 28, 2012
I totally loved this book but am very aware of the fact that my reaction is deeply personal and not at all that of an objective reviewer. I love a lot of the Allman Brothers' music and have idolized Duane Allman since I first heard him play guitar, so I'm predisposed to love any book that goes in...
November 22, 2014
I found this at the library and thought Id give it a read. Gregg got up and jammed with my band The Elvis Brothers in St. Louis around 1986 he played guitar with us which was a thrill and he liked The Elvis Brothers... After the show we were hanging in our dressing room with Gregg who was feelin...