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Alan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single-level storyline used by other writers who have attempted telling the Allman Brothers Band's story. He gets right to the hows and whys that give his narrative real substance. Enjoy and become enlightened.--Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers Band (From the Foreword)

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ALAN PAUL is a senior writer for "Guitar World" magazine and has interviewed the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and his work has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members. He is the author of "Big in China," and his work has also appeared in "The New Yorker," "Sports Illustrated," the "Wall Street Journal," "Entertainment Weekly," "People," and "" among others.

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Von J. Jokisch am 30. September 2014
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Gregg Allman hat das Ende der Band für 2014 angekündigt. Schade, denn ich habe alle Silberlinge im Regal. Das Buch erzählt sehr ausführlich die Geschichte dieser Südstaaten-Rocker, die schlechte Biker waren, aber gute Musiker. Lang lebe der Geist dieser Gruppe weiter. The south will rise again.
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"There's only one guy who can sing in this band, and that's my baby brother." Duane Allman.
"There ain't no way because I can't get along with my brother in a band." Gregg Allman.

"You could feel the purity and the fire and intensity. This was music for music's sake." Col. Bruce Hampton.

"We don't wait for it to happen; we make it happen." Dickey Betts.

In a nutshell--this book is well worth your time and money. It's hard to imagine a more definitive look at the band and it's various members. Alan Paul has not only written about the ABB for 20+ years, but is also considered a friend of the band. He doesn't just tell stories about the band, he goes deeper into the "hows" and the "whys" behind the stories. Paul continually puts the reader right next to whomever is talking--no matter what the subject is. The casual conversational style of the book continually gives the reader the feel of being right there when someone is speaking.

"It was church, it was electrifying, it was inspiring." Butch Trucks.

"I'm no musical genius, but I have ears." Dickey Betts.

The book is laid out in a friendly, easy to read, chronological style that tells the entire story of the band. The many viewpoints about a particular point haven't been cleaned up, each person tells his side of the story which adds depth and interest, and that human touch of an oral history. The 35 chapters have been broken down into segments dealing with a particular event in the band's life. And it's refreshing to read viewpoints that aren't always in agreement. The book lays out the music, the drugs, the deaths, the legal matters, the split between Dickey Betts and the band, the recording of their many albums, the songs, and life on the road. But towering over all the ups and downs is the band's iron will to keep playing their music their way. While reading this book it brought back memories of experiencing the ABB live in full flight all those years ago. I was lucky enough to hear the band with Duane Allman (Fillmore West and my hometown) and without, and those times when Allman was on fire were pretty incredible. The book talks about the band being a brotherhood, and hearing them live you got that feel. Everyone was tuned in to everyone else--the slightest change in tempo and the entire band was on it--almost intuitively.

"A big part of the Allman Brothers music is a jazz approach to rock and blues, which seems to be a dying art." Allen Woody.

The book begins with a Prologue dealing quickly with the brother's early life. "We had chops up the a*s, but didn't have the originality thing down yet." Gregg Allman. But things really begin with Chapter 1, with the band beginning to take shape. From that point the band's career is looked at in the clear light, pull no punches style of the author. Paul has talked to band members, friends, family, music industry people, and others connected with the band. And he does it with a sensitivity combined with a dispassionate interviewer's style. Some of the other people who talk about the band include Rick Hall, Jon Landau, John Hammond, Jr., Linda Oakley, Phil Walden, Red Dog, Tom Dowd, Bobby Whitlock, Bob Weir, Les Dudek, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and a number of others. And everyone helps tell the story from the beginning to the present. Of all the quotes in the book, the one person above all who really seemed to see it all--good and bad--was Jaimoe. His straightforward observations and comments go right to the heart of matters, no matter if he's talking about the various band members/line-ups, the music, the albums, the drugs, or about himself--good and bad--his comments are always a steadying factor throughout the book.

"All I want to do is leave a mark, that I was here. People will know Duane Allman was on this earth for a while." Duane Allman.

"Everyone has his role and that's what makes a band." Jaimoe.

"It's always been that the greatest music we played was from out of nowhere." Butch Trucks.

"After Duane died, a lot changed. Everyone wanted to be Duane, but no one knew how to do s*** except play music." Jaimoe.

Besides the 398 pages given over to the band's story, there's a Forward by Butch Trucks, an Afterword by Jaimoe, 4 pages of Acknowledgments, and a 10 page Appendix containing an "opinionated" discography. Plus there's two sections of b&w and color photos (including a great photo of a very young Derek Trucks onstage with Dickey Betts in 1991), plus more photos throughout the book, many of them showing the band just smokin' on stage. Even the book jacket is well done, using embossed lettering and a great early photo of the band. Plus, check out the end papers--a nice touch.

Also included are a number of sidebars that go into some detail about a particular point--"Double Trouble" ( the twin lead guitar approach), "Blue Suede" (Gregg Allman's singer-songwriter influences), "Sweet Melissa" (how the song came to be written), "The Big House" (the ABB house), and several others. Plus the various albums are discussed at some depth by various band members and others, shedding light onto this important and interesting part of the band's career. From the Hour Glass to the first ABB album, through the live Fillmore East album to "Layla", "Brothers And Sisters" to "Win, Lose Or Draw" and on into the band's other albums, there are comments and observations on each album and a number of the songs on those albums. Reading the band's comments on certain albums gives you a feel of being right there when they were recording.

"Warren was never really replacing a legend. A legend was killed over twenty years earlier, and that was the end of that. Nobody's gonna replace Duane. We were just going on to the next day." Dickey Betts.

"Warren gave us a lot of fire and energy." Jaimoe.

"I felt that the music was like a sacred trust and it couldn't be violated." Allen Woody.

"Derek's my brother's kid but I really can't explain him." Butch Trucks.

"I kind of did everything backwards." Derek Trucks.

"Our playing together is just so different live. There's an eye contact and body language thing we do with one another." Dickey Betts.

Ultimately the book is really about brotherhood--sticking together no matter what--from the early days when a pact was made around a campfire at Idlewild South, to the Fillmore West days with the band members each getting a mushroom tattoo to, in later years, talking out and putting aside differences that had split the band. After reading this book you'll come away with better insight into the band and their music.

"I still really like to play acoustic guitar, though me and electric guitar have parted ways. Those things scare me." Gregg Allman.

"Compared to every other band we'd ever been in, when someone falls, instead of talking about him or taking advantage of him, we'd pull him back up." Dickey Betts.

"Music is like the wind." Jaimoe.
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Ok, the Allman Brothers Band... 24. Februar 2014
Von Stephen E. DeCristofor - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've read them all. All of the books published, liner notes, articles I could find for the past 44 years, and internet searches too. However I must say reading Alan Paul's book One Way Out is a joy to read and pulls it all together. Most of us old timers have heard or read the all of the war stories through the years but this fills in the blanks of the Allman Brothers story.

This is a real story of a bunch of young men figuring out their way through life with all of us on board to see and hear and of course read about.

Long strange trip indeed, to borrow a phrase. All the while making some of the most incredible music for my ears.

I no longer idolize these guys like I did in the seventies when I was young and naive. Not sure if I would even like some of them. However the constant is the music. That's what is it all about, in the beginning and now. Throughout all that they have been through in their lives the music has remained the dominant force. That is what I take away after reading this book.

Alan Paul you did a great job on this including all of the beauty and the blemishes of the Allman Brothers Band. Thank you for "getting it" as a lot of us ABB fanatics would say and putting this book out there for us to enjoy.

Steve D.
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Pleasantly surprised 1. April 2014
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I had previously read the Willie Perkins, Gregg Allman, and Chuck Leavell penned books about the band, so when I saw this book hit the shelves I didn't expect to learn a lot more about the band. Man was I wrong. A lot of the background of the ABB with Duane and Berry has been covered before, but the real gold mine in this book for me was the amount of material covered in the post Duane/Berry years. As someone who was first introduced to the ABB in the late 80's, I was especially thrilled to read the chapters that covered the '89-'13 era. The details provided by people like Jack Pearson, Jimmy Herring, Oteil, Marc Quinones, Derek, Warren, and others of that period in the band's history was riveting to me. Thanks to Alan Paul for delivering what I consider the most comprehensive book about the 45 year history of The Allman Brothers Band. It's a must read for any ABB fan.
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A Must-Read For All Fans Of The ABB 2. September 2014
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First, a personal anecdote: On 3/20/14, on the eve of the release of Alan Paul's masterful oral biography of the Allman Brothers Band, "One Way Out," I attended a book signing and interview at NYC's 82nd St. Barnes & Noble (just eight blocks north of the band's home away from home, the Beacon Theatre), with both the author and ABB drummer/co-founder Jaimoe in attendance. After a fascinating talk by the two, I waited in line to get my book signed, and in short order was standing in front of Jaimoe himself. "You know," I said to him, "I've been a fan of the band for around 45 years and have seen you in concert over a dozen times, but this is the first time I've ever heard you talk." Jaimoe then gave me a slow smile and responded, "You weren't listening." I must have looked a mite confused, as Alan Paul quickly explained, "He's referring to his drumming." I relate this story to illustrate the rather jazzlike notion that Jaimoe was conveying that night; the idea of communicating thoughts nonverbally through one's chosen instrument. And indeed, the ABB has always, if one thinks back, taken the theories of jazz and applied them to its distinctive "Southern rock" (a term that ABB guitarist Dickey Betts apparently hates, the book reveals) sound; as longtime ABB producer Tom Dowd puts it, "They swing like they're playing jazz when they play things that are tangential to the blues, and even when they play heavy rock."

As I mentioned, Paul's book takes the form of an oral biography, and Jaimoe, Betts and Dowd are only three of the 60 people--band members past and present, crew, friends, managers, fellow musicians--who the author interviewed during its preparation. Thus, the long and complicated history of the band is related by these five dozen folks, with each paragraph comprised of a comment of one or the other. It is a very effective and compelling way to move the story along; the reader compulsively turns page after page, wanting to know what each person says next. Memory, of course, is a tricky and elusive thing, especially after four decades of drug-addled touring, and so, when one anecdote contradicts the words of another interviewee, Paul wisely juxtaposes the two (or sometimes three) conflicting tales, "Rashomon" style, and lets the reader make up his or her own mind. (As Jaimoe says somewhere, "...hindsight ain't always 20/20. History is complicated and everyone sees it differently....") Thus, we get competing stories regarding Gregg Allman's method of journeying from California to initially join the band, and the manner in which Betts managed to create his classic instrumental "Jessica." (Fortunately, these conflicting tales do not arise too often!) Paul is anything but sensationalistic in his book, and seems to only include details and stories that further his history of the band itself; the details of the personal lives of the band members are only included insofar as they affect that story. For example, Gregg's relationship with and four-year marriage to Cher is given a one-sentence passing reference; those wishing to know the "juicy" facts might be advised to pick up Gregg's autobiography "My Cross to Bear." Thus, it comes as something of a shock when, on page 316, a mention is made of Gregg's sixth wife; we'd never even been told of wives one through five! Still, the book is hardly a dry affair, and contains stories that the most imaginative of novelists could hardly have dreamed up. The ABB, of course, has had any number of setbacks and triumphs during its legendary career, and Paul's biography clues us in on them all, from the mouths of the folks who lived them. The book covers the ABB's earliest beginnings in Jacksonville, details the group's first successes, tells the tragic tales of the back-to-back losses of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, and proceeds to the band's enormous mid-'70s popularity, drug problems, dissolution, reunions, personnel changes and so on...all the way to the March 2013 residency at the Beacon. In addition to all the truly remarkable anecdotes (would you believe that the two artists from Wonder Graphics who created the psychedelic interior gatefold spread for the "Eat a Peach" album did so in a single day?!?!), there are any number of priceless quotes that the reader will likely want to highlight; for example, I love Duane's comment to the band, just before its first flush of popularity: "Boys, we're going to be farting through velvet underwear." And howzabout these words from Gregg, regarding his performance philosophy: "You want to come out and get the audience in the palm of your hand right away...You can't be namby-pamby; you can't be milquetoast with the audience." I love it! The entire book is like that, one wonderful quote or anecdote after another, interspersed with commentary or sidebars from the author himself (who writes extremely well, as these sidebars reveal). The book is undoubtedly a complete success, a mother lode of fascinating information for all fans of this great music institution, and its author (a genuinely nice man, if my short conversation with him is any indication, and a decades-old fan of the band himself) is to be congratulated on a job well done.

Usually, with these lengthy biographies, I somehow manage to discern, through a careful and nitpicking perusal, some errors of fact, but in Paul's book, happily, such errors are at a minimum, and mostly confined to the type of mistake that a good proofreader or copy editor should have caught. For example, the Coricidin bottle that Duane used as a slide is repeatedly spelled "Coricidian." The song "Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea" is given here as "Sailing Across the Devil's Sea"; likewise, "Rockin' Horse" is presented as "Rocking Horse." Several place names are misspelled (it is Owings Mills, Maryland, not "Mill," and Horseheads, NY, not "Horsesheads"); artist Hieronymus Bosch did not spell his name "Hieronymous"; and Dicky Betts' mentor is given as both "Stuart" Etsitty and "Stewart" Etsitty (don't ask ME which is correct!). Also, the Great Woods Amphitheatre was not in Boston, but rather in Mansfield, a good 35 miles away. Perhaps more egregious, though, is the photo of Derek Trucks on page 355 with the photo caption listing him as Butch Trucks, and the fact that, although Paul provides his readers with the invaluable service of rating and ranking every one of the ABB and side-project albums at the book's conclusion, one ABB item has been curiously omitted: the 1979 reunion album "Enlightened Rogues." Still, as I say, this is mere nitpicking, and these minor flubs should in no wise detract from anyone's appreciation for or enjoyment of this heartfelt labor of manifest love.

As I write these words, the 45-year history of the ABB would seem to be drawing to a close, with the October 2014 shows at the Beacon, supposedly, the final hurrah for the band. As Derek says in the book, "...this lineup is the way it's going to go out, whenever that time comes." After so many breakups, reunions and personnel changes, though, the future of this particular band is certainly never written in stone. But if this year really SHOULD mark the end of the Allman Brothers Band, a reading of Paul's biography would seem to be the perfect way to both celebrate and examine its glorious career. It is truly a must-read for all fans. And, other thing...does anybody out there have a spare ticket in the loge for any of the Beacon shows?
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Flawed history told in the words of those who were there 17. Juni 2014
Von T. McCool - Veröffentlicht auf
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One Way Out is written in the "in their own words" style that is a common approach in telling the history of a rock band. One Way Out is unique in this genre in a couple of ways. The interviews were conducted by the author over a 30 year period. He casts a wide net. While there are many who can claim to have been a Brother if even for a brief time, Alan Paul includes interviews with the road crew (who were always considered to be part of the family), family members, producers, label execs, friends, fellow musicians, and even Mama Louise who ran a diner in Macon and became a matriarchal figure to the band. Paul also includes some short transitional narratives, and longer articles that he has written about the band for magazines. He presents an exhaustive history that goes beyond the drama and drug busts, deep into the reasons and sources of the band's musical chemistry. If you are more interested in the music than the gossip, this is the book for you.

Yet these strengths also are the books weaknesses. The author is obviously a fan who reveres the music and those who make it. He pulls no punches in regards to drug use and the firing of Dickey Betts, but those facts are common knowledge. He really does not expose anything negative that we haven't heard before. Because he interviews so many people, at times it gets repetitive, as several people say the same thing in different ways. I found myself skimming over some pages that really could have been summed up with one person's quote. Paul must have been overly sensitive about leaving anyone's comments out of the book because of his personal closeness to the band. The articles that are included are not attributed. It would have been nice to know where and when they were originally published.

(EDIT - deleted reference to the exclusion of Enlightened Rogues from the "highly opinionated discography" at the end of the book. The author provides clarification in the comments.)

If you love ABB's music, I have to admit that this is one you must read. It's highly detailed about the creation of their unique style and the band's chemistry. But because the history of the band is contained in quotes and short transitions, you get only the bare bones of it. You'll have to go elsewhere to get a complete history.
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