- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 4, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I2QFK0Y
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Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman Audible – Unabridged
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Ms. Allman writes beautiful prose. She has had access to stories that others wouldn't have simply because friends of her father want her to understand him. This is the first book about Duane that has put him into the context of his larger family. We hear Mama A's story, the story of his father's death. Much of the story is told through the eyes of her mother whose story is set to run parallel to her fathers.
All in all, a great read, the best of the many books about Duane Allman and/or the Allman Brothers Band
This is an extraordinary book, and one immediately recognizes it will be one as Galadrielle Allman begins it with these first sentences: "My father is killed in the first paragraph of every article ever written about him. His life story is told backwards, always beginning at the end: in the road, his motorcycle down, his body broken. People linger over the wreckage as if it says something meaningful about his life."
Galadrielle was two years old when her father died, and while one may ask, how can a two year old write a biography about someone she could not have possibly remembered much about, you soon realize she does have her memories, and more importantly, she has chronicled her father's life from others remembrances to give an almost "no holes barred" recount of her father's life. As you read her book, she recounts circumstances in Duane's life that went into making him the musical artist he was, whether it be how he took time to visit and write an injured friend or how attending a military prep helped in his developing as a band leader.Read more ›
While there have been other biographies of this storied artist, there might be none that possess such an aching personal motive. In fact, I've yet to read a biography of anyone written from this perspective. There isn't a hint of self-aggrandizement, no indication that Galadrielle took this on to capitalize on her famous ancestry, and no sense that she has any agenda beyond transforming this rock phantom into flesh and blood man. It's a unique perspective for a biography and as a first time writer; Ms. Allman demonstrates a talent that has a lot of potential.
For a first time author, she occasionally tries a bit too hard by peppering her story with descriptive passages that seem overstuffed with metaphors and excess, but nonetheless, there is a lyrical quality to her writing. It is a lovely mix of soulful diary-like musings coupled with a master storyteller's gift for keeping the audience riveted. Additionally, it's perhaps a bit long, but that seems understandable when you consider just how ravenous she was for every morsel available involving her dad.
Like most biographies, you know the ending, so what make the trip worthwhile are the details, anecdotes, and revelations of the person behind the myth. One particular recollection sits with me still.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a great read. For all y'all soaking up every word about Duane, ABB, and all the brothers and sisters, this is a must-read.Published 8 days ago by NotSure
What a fine writer! No one else could have brought this same perspective to a research on a life that touched us all so immensely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eleanor Hjemmet
I bought this book on a bit of a whim. My older brothers were Allman Brothers fans and as always, I tagged along trying to catch up with them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lisaAz
As someone who has been a lifelong fan of the Allman brothers, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Derek Trucks, and who has seen the band and bands of Greg, Dickey, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Just the facts.
Galadrielle Allman conjures her father for us. Duane Allman breaths on these pages, not as a hero worshiped guitar god, but as a an artist with a driven soul, immeasurable talent,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shullamuth Ballinger
If you are looking for a feel good book about the ABB, this was not the book. The book chronicles the loss of Duane and the feelings of those he left behind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ken Williams