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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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“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.” ―Rolling Stone
“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)
“No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.” ―Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band
“I learned so much reading One Way Out. If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul.” ―Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band
“Allman Brothers, unvarnished . . . [Alan Paul]'s vast trove of interviews allows the band to tell its own story.” ―Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Alan Paul is one of America's foremost experts on the Allman Brothers Band. For the past twenty years, he has written informative, comprehensive articles on the band, and he truly understands the essence of their significance. It's great to see him release this chronicle.” ―E.J. Devokaitis, Curator / Archivist, Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House
“Alan Paul's One Way Out is a brilliantly detailed all-access pass to the Allman Brothers Band. Using his numerous personal interviews with the band members themselves--both past and present--as well as an almost endless entourage of friends, family members, roadies, managers, promoters, booking agents, record label executives, and fellow musicians, Alan Paul has successfully created the definitive ABB biography.” ―Randy Poe, author of Skydog: The Duane Allman Story
“One Way Out is perhaps the most in-depth look at one of America's most beloved, but thoroughly dysfunctional ensembles. Engrossing reading . . . Alan Paul has written about the Allmans for the last 25 years, and his depth of knowledge shows. The stories are salty, unfiltered, and straight from the horse's mouth. The word 'definitive' gets tossed around so often it has lost some of its meaning, but this 400-page journey into the heart of rock and roll darkness deserves the accolade.” ―Guitar World Magazine
“No matter what you think you know about the Allman Brothers Band, One Way Out is bound to be revelatory on many levels . . . This is essential reading that strips away the myth to expose all the moving parts in vivid detail.” ―Seattle PI
“Music writer Paul catches up with the legendary band in this entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers. Duane's ghost haunts the book.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Perhaps no music journalist has written as extensively about the Allman Brothers Band as Paul, who has tracked the rock group's career for 25 years. And his deep familiarity with the band and its music shows everywhere in this fluid account. Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band's loyal fan base.” ―Booklist, starred review
“With this fine work, Alan Paul accomplishes the admirable feat of delving the depths of the Allman Brothers, a great aggregation of talent and artistry. He puts together the sweeping picture of how these gifted individuals with their special Southern stylishness created something utterly unique to the world. Rock on.” ―Billy F Gibbons, ZZ Top
“Open this book to any page, start reading, and I dare you to stop. Alan Paul captures all the momentum and energy of the Allman Brothers' long, wild ride, which continues at a breakneck pace. One Way Out? There's no way out of this rollicking narrative until, with regret, you reach the end.” ―Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
“I was struck by the similarities between the Doors and Allman Brothers, especially in our origins--the Eureka moment of certainty amidst a jam. Alan lets the people who were actually there tell the story, and I couldn't put it down. Great read!” ―Robby Krieger, The Doors
“Like a master bandleader, Alan Paul orchestrates a bluesy, jazzy, rocking chorale of voices telling the tale of a brotherhood under stress and a band who got what they hardly realized they wanted, lost what they had and fought a decades-long struggle to get it back.” ―Charles Shaar Murray, author of Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop and Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker
“Paul's One Way Out is a fresh, intelligently arranged, and satisfyingly complete telling of the lengthy (and unlikely) history of the group that almost singlehandedly brought rock up to a level of jazz-like sophistication and virtuosity, introducing it as a medium worthy of the soloist's art. Oral histories can be tricky things: either penetrating, delivering information and backstories that get to the heart of how timeless music was made. Or too often, they lie flat on the page, a random retelling of repeated facts and reheated yarns. I'm happy to say that Paul's is in that first category.” ―Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
“Though enough tomes have been published about the Allmans' troubled history to deforest half of Brazil, only Paul's book gets all the principal figures assessing and confessing. However open and moving Gregg Allman's autobio from 2012 may have been, Paul's book gives a much fuller picture of the dynamics that drive every member -- including why guitarist Dickey Betts remains so vexing.” ―New York Daily News
“Paul's book presents the most complete and detailed telling of the band's still-unfolding saga to date. Elizabeth Reed, Melissa and Jessica would also probably agree.” ―Houston Press
More About the Author
His first book Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing (Harper) is currently being developed as a film by Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures. Big in China is a memoir about raising three American children in Beijing and the unlikely success of his Chinese blues band, Woodie Alan.
Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He wrote "The Expat Life" column for the Wall Street Journal Online from 2005- 2009. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists named him 2008 Online Columnist of the Year. He also reported from Beijing for NBC, Sports Illustrated, the WSJ, and other media outlets.
Woodie Alan, featuring three Chinese musicians and one other American, was named 2008's Best Band in Beijing. Their debut CD, Beijing Blues (Guitar China Records), has been praised by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, blues harp master Charlie Musselwhite and jam band legend Col. Bruce Hampton who termed the music "simply amazing."
Alan, his wife Rebecca Blumenstein, and their three children reside in Maplewood, NJ.
Please visit www.alanpaul.net or www.facebook.com/alanpaulauthor.
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent bio, I really appreciated that the book was told by the people that were actually there and included all of the surviving members of ABB, no poetic license, just memories... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Katy Brockl
I've always been an Allman Bros. fan I learned so much about the bands history and evolution. Loved that the book gives you everyone's prospective as opposed to just a single... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Yankee Rose
I had been an Allman Brothers fan since the early 70's and had always tried to overlook the infighting, drugs and other such nonsense that went along with the music. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nolan J.
I liked this book so much that after reading one from the library, I bought this. A late comer to the ABB, I am learning much more about their music, their roots and how this... Read morePublished 15 days ago by matt8386
Bought this for my father who is a huge ABB fan. Bought it as a Christmas gift and he had it read within a couple days, says he couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jacob Frey
While technically a biography of the Allman Brothers Band, the narrative structure reads more like a collective autobiography. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Heath