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Poe's book traces Duane's story from his birth through his childhood and into his growth as a musician. There is much that has never been written before, especially about Duane and Gregg's early groups the Escorts, The Allman Joys and the Hour Glass as well as Duane's year as a studio player at Muscle Shoals which led to his meeting Phil Walden which led to history. There is much about the Allman Brothers Band and about Duane's great work with Derek and the Dominos. It is almost unbelievable that Duane died before his 25th birthday and his death seems so foolish and unecessary. Allt his is chronicled in the book. Poe finishes up by tracing the aftermath as the continued without Duane through a rise, a collapse, a comeback, another collapse and finally a triumphant resurgance in 1989 that continues to this day. All this is a trubute to the vision that Duane had back in 1969.
My only complaint is that the book is too short. I read it in one day. Rock fans will love this book and those who are not Allman Afficianados will learn a lot and be surprised by the life and times of Skydog. Don't miss it!
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.
Me to buy more albums. Not just about Duane, you get a complete history of the band.
The real tragic thing is how such an amazing talented man was taken away from us far too early.
Duane Allman and his brother Gregg are among the most honest and soulful people in the music business.
I highly recommend anyone who is interested in reading about an iconic man who put in more into his 24 years than many people do in a lifetime.
Any genuine rock or blues guitar lover has a giant love affair with Mr. Allman's recorded legacy, which was surpassed only by the live shows. I'm no exception, especially having heard the original band perform about 10 times - each an indelible memory of precise doses of passion and power. Imagine my joy at learning the backstage environments of such classic shows as the 2nd Annual Atlanta Pop Festival (I'm looking at the poster and my "unused" tickets on the wall right now).
Mr. Poe is balanced perfectly on the editorial tightrope. He affords all due respect to the colossal talents of Skydog, whilst never turning a blind eye to his many character faults. Loved as Mr. Allman was, his appetite for drugs of all manner and his relentless professional drive combined to make him all-to-human. We get both perspectives in this book and ultimately come away with an honest representation of Duane the guitar God and Duane the youthful.
In a short time, Skydog became equal to the most prominent musicians of his time. His work with Clapton, Aretha, Wilson Pickett, John Hammond Jr., Herbie Mann, and King Curtis displays Mr. Allman's breadth and scope of ability. Equally vital is the insight of the offstage talents: Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler, Rick Hall, etc.
Best of all was the book's examination of his relationships with the Brothers, both musicians and road crew, and the extended "family."
What's particularly nice for me is the book's continuation of Mr. Allman's influence. It'd have been easy to fade-to-black after Skydog's death. However, Mr. Poe's book brings us current. And that leaves me feeling warm rather than recalling the hollowness inside that followed Duane Allman's early death.
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