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Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman Paperback – October 7, 2014
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“Duane Allman was my big brother, my partner, my best friend. I thought I knew everything there was to know about him, but Galadrielle’s deep and insightful book came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”—Gregg Allman
“Poignant and illuminating . . . brings Duane Allman to life in a way that no other biography will ever be able to do.”—BookPage
“Galadrielle Allman offers a moving and poetic portrait of her late father.”—Rolling Stone
“[Allman’s] descriptions and scenes are vivid, even cinematic. . . . The pleasure of reading Please Be With Me lies as much in its lyrical prose as in its insider anecdotes.”—Newsweek
“An elegantly written, heartfelt account.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Evokes a wistful, elegiac atmosphere; fans of the ’70s music scene may find it indispensable.”—San Jose Mercury News
“A compelling and intimate portrait of Duane.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“Frequently touching . . . Readers will come away feeling more connected to the man and his music.”—Publishers Weekly
“If you have ever been part of a family that has no photograph left behind to record its wholeness, you know what the absence of that picture does to you: Its nonexistence is itself a portrait of an incomplete heart that doesn’t contain you. Galadrielle Allman grew up in the territory of that loss, trying to understand a father who held her but who she never got to hold in return. Her account of the life of Duane Allman—rock and roll’s most lyrical guitarist—is the most moving music biography I’ve ever read. Better than that, Galadrielle has uncovered the heart and motivations, the desolation and saving graces, of the man, and lays it plain in a born-to-write southern voice. She has looked into absence, and from it she has salvaged two hearts: her father’s and her own.”—Mikal Gilmore, author of Shot in the Heart
“ ‘You can live forever inside a goodbye,’ Galadrielle Allman knows. But then you embrace it, explore it, and call forth its witnesses. In lyrical prose, and with love and wisdom, the now-mature daughter of guitar legend Duane Allman, who died at twenty-four when she was two, meditates on his outsized grip on her life, and retraces that life, and her mother’s, sending us to the South at the end of the sixties, when girls were hapless hippie goddesses, music was male and muscular, and even redneck culture was being transformed. But beyond that vibrant portrait is a comfort. We all idealize someone who left us long ago; we all romanticize some memory. This story invites us to savor our own secret intersection of nostalgia and emotional mercy, and it feels very, very good to have soulful, elegant company as we do.”—Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Galadrielle Allman is the producer of Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder Records). She lives in Berkeley, California. This is her first book.
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From page two, when i read this statement: "My father is killed in the first paragraph of every article ever written about him", i realized that this was gong to be different from every other book i have read on the topic. After I moved my box of kleenex a little closer,i dug in and found a book that celebrates the life, not the death, of this great man who left us way to soon. This book offers us a glance at the women involved with the ABB saga, and is told with loving care from the POV of a woman who has been surrounded by the myth of her own father.
This is a must read for any allman brothers fan, and a worthy addition to anyones library.
Thank you Ms. Allman for sharing this with me.
I have bought and read every book written about the Allman Brothers over the years. All are good, and I thank the authors for giving them to us. But none of them come close to what Galadrielle , Duane's only child, has given to us with this book about her father. It is beautifully written and it brought me to tears several times. Made me sad all over again to realize the enormity of Duane's life, and the pain of his loss. But there is also a small sense of healing, of, finally, a kind of acceptance.
Thank you, Galadrielle Allman. You have given us a beautiful gift in this very special book. Your father was the greatest guitarist in the world. He still is. What a life he had. He packed so much into his 24 years and touched the lives of countless millions. He is very much alive in the pages of your book - and so in the hearts of all who read it.
Today is March 13th - 43 years ago today the Brothers were performing at the Fillmore, and I spent a couple of hours this morning listening to that great and timeless recording, having just finished reading Please Be With Me. Yeah, I cried yet again at the end of Mountain Jam when Duane called out the names of everybody in the band. Finishing, of course, with his own name.
Thank you Duane. Thank you all of the Allman Brothers. And thank you once again Galadrielle.
For years she was afraid her mother didn't want to talk about her father, and her mother didn't think her daughter could miss a father she never knew; It was more about, I think, her mother's pain she retained after loving and losing Duane to Dixie( a band groupie) first, and then to his accidental death.
But make no mistake, Duane was in love first and foremost with music, and his guitar. Though he loved his baby girl.
Imagine the emotion a woman must feel when her father dies when she's just two years old, and the whole world knows more about him than she does.
Right off the top of my head, I can think of two advantages Galadrielel had and has over magazine writers that have written books about her father and anyone else for that matter. Her grandmother is Duane's mother, and her uncle is his brother. And I don't believe anyone of those magazine writers were given Duane's Gold top Les Paul when they turned eighteen.
Her writing style perfectly suites the telling of this inner and outer search for who her father's essence. Actually, I think she's a fine writer and look forward to her next book.
Whether you're an Allman Brothers fan or not, I recommend this book because it comes from the honest love of a daughter's heart.