- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250040493
- ISBN-13: 978-1250040497
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*Starred Review* 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. Framed as an oral history, the biography includes extensive, insightful comments not only from band members but also from players at all levels of the music business, from loyal roadies to gifted producers (including the late Tom Dowd) to money-minded record-company executives. They take us through the milestones, from the early days, when the band crisscrossed the country in the dead of winter packed into an underheated van, to the cusp of massive success and the deaths of bandleader and guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley, to the group’s decision to soldier on in spite of the losses. From the beginning, Allman had a certain vision for his band that included two lead guitarists, two drummers, and the soulful, whiskey-soaked vocals of his brother, Gregg. Improbably, Duane spearheaded a long-haired, multiracial band in the Deep South in the late ’60s, but he was supremely confident, at the tender age of 23, that his blues-based music would transcend any barriers. Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band’s loyal fan base. --Joanne Wilkinson
“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
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The Allman Brothers fuzzed rock, country, blues, and jazz for a sound that was revolutionary and completely new in 1971, and still is today.
This book tells the story of the band through interviews with band member, roadies (got to love Red Dog), other musicians, lawyers, wives, girlfriends,children, and other people who knew the Brothers through the years.
I love the way Paul takes interviews and puts them in easy to read blocks of prose.
Butch and Jaimoe were able to play off each other because they listen to one another. Butch was the driving force as a drummer and usually laid down the freight- train type beat; and Jaimoe, a jazz player, filled in the holes Butch left; together they were an unequaled dual force that hasn't been matched yet..
Greg is one of the best blues singers, player, that's ever played. (Black or white.) And his Hammond B3 playing was the gravy and dash of sat snd pepper on the remarkable sound of this band.
Duane's vision for his new band consisted of two drummers, two guitar players, a bass, and a organ player and a singer. As a slide player there's never been an equal to Duane's playing. (I mean the dude can make the guitar sing like a bird!) Listen to him do it on Mountain Jam.
He first met Barry Oakley, then Jaimoe and Butch Trucks.They began Jamming for free in the local parks and rehearsal halls in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969. They auditioned many players until Duane said after a lengthy jam session: "This is it . . . anyone who doesn't want to be in this band is gonna have to fight me to get out of this room.
There was only one ingredient missing: A lead singer. Duane called his 'baby brother' Greg who was out in California and told him he'd found the band he was looking for, and he (Greg) needed to get his ass down to Florida.
Greg Allman heeded his brother's call and the Allman Brother became a band in March of 1969.
Duane, who cared about the music more than he ever cared about the money or fame, did not want it called the Duane Allman Band.They tried out several names, and Duane finally relented, and the band was named the Allman Brothers Band.
When Duane died, the heart and leadership of the band was torn out of the group, but some how, they decided to keep going. And then Barry died in about the same way Duane did just about a year later.
Butch said that Duane had given them the religion, and they vowed to keep it going. And from 1971 to 2014 they did.
There was a lot of pain,drugs, new members, and great music that flowed under the bridge.
Bill Graham called them the finest players and music around, and rounded off the last set ever played at Fillmore East with the 'best band of them all--the Allman Brothers!'
I first heard them on my return from Vietnam in the early spring of 1970, and they changed me forever as a listener and a musician.
My biggest hope and desire is that younger folk listen to them and hear what inspired me for all these years.
I recommend this book because it brings a great understanding to this unbelievable band.
Pick up "At Fillmore East" and listen to a sound that was new and fresh when it first was released, and still is to this day. . . .
Play on forever, Brothers!.