For almost fifty years, Gregg Allman has been creating some of the most recognizable songs in rock music, and now, he shares the full story about the wild ride of his life. From growing up with his older brother, Duane, to forming the Allman Brothers Band, from run-ins with the law to jamming at the Fillmore East, Gregg goes behind the scenes of some of the greatest rock music ever recorded, while also speaking for the first time about the painful deaths of Duane and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in wake of tragedy, he shows the heavy price of their decision to continue, discussing his own battles with substance abuse as he floated through a string of failed marriages, including his relation-ship with Cher, before finally cleaning up.
Capturing the Allman Brothers ongoing, triumphant resurgence, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, offering a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music.
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.
Alan Light has been one of America's leading music journalists for the past twenty years. Light was a senior editor at "Rolling Stone", founding music editor and editor in chief of "Vibe", and editor in chief of "Spin "magazine. He has been a contributor for "The New Yorker", "GQ", "Entertainment Weekly", "Elle", "Mother Jones", and the "Oxford American", " "and is the author of "The Skills to Pay the Bills", an oral history of the Beastie Boys; "The Holy or the Broken" Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""; and cowriter of the "New York Times" bestselling memoir by Greg Allman, "My Cross to Bear".
In his memoir, the rambling and rambunctious Gregg Allman lays bare his soul… In the end, Allman, writing with music journalist Light, has produced a fiercely honest memoir.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This is a story about musical brotherhood. Rich and moving... Nothing less than profound. Life, love and music from one of the most influential American recording artists of the last 40 years.
A soul-searching rumination on a hard-lived life... For generations of fans, Allman’s book provides insights into the many turns in that long road... MY CROSS TO BEAR carries a welcome seal of honesty.
“Packed with juicy anecdotes, gripping details and raw energy…Fans of the Allman Brothers Band are certain to relish the revelations... MY CROSS TO BEAR provides a window into Allman’s tortured soul - he presents himself as a man cracked and flawed, yet somehow intact.”
…This book is everything you could hope for: in a grizzled, laconic drawl, Allman provides a rambling backstage account of his five decades with the Allman Brothers Band, and he doesn’t seem to hold anything back.
-New York Times Book Review