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This book is good, and tells you ever thing about Duane, the warts and all. I really enjoyed it. It's written well. Randy Poe did a great job.
I highly recommend this book, whether you heard Duane while he was alive, or you're just leaning about the man and his music.
Although it was explained how Duane acquired the name, I don't see where he was ever called that very much if at all. Anyway, this being the only biography written on him I liked it. I also have "Midnight Riders" and will need to read that again. The Allman Brothers would have to be my most favorite group ever and I love them so much. Unfortunately I did not ever get to see Duane perform, my first concert was just a couple months following his death---most unfortunate for me, but even more unfortunate that he lost his life. When I read this paragraph at the end of the book it just brought a tear to my eye. "In September 2003 'Rolling Stone' published its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", placing Duane at #2 just behind Jimi Hendrix. Gregg Allman commented that he thought it was a very wonderful gesture and said "...I thought 'You made your mark man. You didn't make any money, but you made your mark."' Rounding out the top five were B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson---pretty impressive company for a kid from the South who didn't even live to see his 25th birthday.". That still sobers me as I copy this and fills my eyes with tears. I love your music, you sounded like a wonderful person---no one had anything bad to say about you. I'm sorry I never got to hear you in person but you live in your music that I still listen to, to this day and I love you.
If you love Duane Allman (and really, how could you feel any other way?), buy this book.
Just buy the damn book.
No, I'm not Randy Poe, I've been a fan of Duane's work ever since I first heard him play on vinyl in the early '70s.
Of course, Duane was dead by then.
I did make it my project to buy everything Duane ever appeared on, so I have a fair idea of the subject matter.
This book not only conveys a very vivid impression of all recordings, but gives the inside story on how they happened, and gives the detailed memories of the participants.
Duane was a powerful, yet sensitive and sympathetic guitar player who greatly enhanced every session and gig he played on. He virtually created a new musical category of southern rock, but managed to blend this style so skillfully into the work of other artists, that he lifted their own performances to new heights. You can hear other musicians reacting to his rhythm and lead breaks, each striving to bring their best. This was not only because of Duane's startling ability, but also because of his leadership style, winning personality, and inability to accept less than the best that anyone had to offer.
His live recordings with his band are simply the best tracks ever recorded, anywhere, any time.
With great songs as just the starting point, the Allmans extemporize and add layers of melody and harmony in all musical styles, offering blues, country, jazz et al. The sheer power of the twin guitar, twin drum attack lifts the spirits, savage lead licks twining in and out of the melody line, tender heartbreaking lyricism in slow passages, the band hits all the emotional stops. There is nothing that comes close in providing all the musical satisfaction these recordings contain. In fact, if I don't listen to the Allmans live at least once a month, I begin to get a little depressed. The cure is only a CD away. The passion in these recordings puts everything into perspective.
To think that Duane achieved all this while traveling the vast spaces of America, stopping off for studio sessions, keeping his band together, experimenting with every drug he could lay his hand on, indulging in a stuntman's thrill quest (which finally led to his tragic early demise - stone cold sober, though). He managed to change the face of music within 4 short years, and generate an entire industry of Southern bands.
He lit the torch, and the fire is still burning.
This book brings it all out, and is essential reading for anyone with any interest in rock music.