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This oral history of the Allman Brothers Band has been culled from hundreds of hours of interviews all conducted by award winning author and journalist Alan Paul of Guitar World magazine Interviewees include band members Gregg Allman Dickey Betts Jaimoe Butch Trucks Warren Haynes Derek Trucks Oteil Burbridge Chuck Leavell Jack Pearson Jimmy Herring David Goldflies and the late Allen Woody; plus Eric Clapton Tom Dowd Phil Walden Billy Gibbons Dr John and many other band friends and associates One Way Out is the most complete exploration of the Allman Brothers music yet written tracking the band's career from its 1969 formation through its historic 40th anniversary star studded Beacon run right on up to today Filled with musical and cultural insights that only these insiders can provide it includes the most in depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts; an intense discussion of Betts and Duane Allman's revolutionary guitar styles; and thorough behind the scenes information on the recording of At Fill East Layla Eat a Peach and other classic albums You will not find this information anywhere else The book also includes a highly opinionated discography with short reviews of over 50 albums plus a bonus list of essential Southern rock albums


10 thoughts on “One Way Out

  1. says:

    I have never listened to the Allman Brothers having come of age musically in the early 90s with the Seattle scene but I often enjoy music biographies and found this one to be a very informative and enjoyable readI was aware that tragedy had surrounded the band over the years and also knew that 'Almost Famous' the Cameron Crowe film was based on his experiences touring as a journalist with the Allman Brothers but the extent to which death and demons associated with drug and alcohol abuse have blighted the band is frightening The fact that they lasted 45 years before playing their last show in October 2014 after the book was published albeit in many different forms and with a massive change in pace in the latter years is phenomenalI doubt despite having the entire back catalogue of the band available on Spotify that reading the book will encourage me to listen to the band but I'm glad that I took the chance with this Audible Daily Deal and would recommend this book to anyone with an interest like mine in the musical biography genre


  2. says:

    Please note that all reviews posted here are for a different book The Ebook edition was a shell of what is being released by St Martin's on February 18 The new book is five times longer and will have 150 photographs


  3. says:

    People are a little surprised that I like reading books about rock stars I am largely into classical literature and biography but I also am very interested in the entertainment industry Not so much as a screaming fan although I'm not above that but because I like to get inside what makes a musician tick how do they write their music how did they arrive at national international successI think people or maybe just me think of rock musicians as uneducated people that got discovered at a bar That has not really turned out to be true with most of the biographies I've read so far maybe with the exception of the Sex Pistols who literally were taken off the streets of East London They didn't last long either except Johnny Rotten who showed himself to be both intelligent and creativeThe Allman brothers could easily be dismissed the same way just a bunch of good ol'boys from the South Actually these were a group of highly intelligent highly creative young men who worked their rear ends off They practiced countless hours every day honing their craft They knew their cultural history the history of the bluesThey were also progressive for their time They played what back then was considered black music and had black members in their bandIt was very interesting to me to read how they wrote their music and put the sounds together on their instruments how they learned to play off of each other take turns with the solosIt is also interesting though tragic how drugs were such an ingrained part of the group's culture The mastermind behind the group was Duane Allman Success was short for him dying from a motorcycle wreck at the age of 24 The next year the bassist also died in a motorcycle wreck We read about the struggle Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts had with drugs and alcohol Dickey was eventually booted from the band Gregg struggled with his demons until after several rehabs a liver transplant and finally a live in nurse later he seemed to conuer them for a few years before he finally died in 1917 of liver cancer But he was still giving concerts until shortly before his deathMaybe he couldn't imagine doing anything else Rock on till you can'tThe band forged on They had their peaks their declines but still they marched on I cannot believe how much energy these guys had performing even into their sixties not only with each other but they had their own side bands they also toured with It made me tired just to read about itThis book is largely based on first hand interviews and reports each member and others associated with the band telling their life and history of the Allman Brothers from their own personal experience and perspective


  4. says:

    First a personal anecdote On 32014 on the eve of the release of Alan Paul's masterful oral biography of the Allman Brothers Band One Way Out I attended a book signing and interview at NYC's 82nd St Barnes Noble just eight blocks north of the band's home away from home the Beacon Theatre with both the author and ABB drummerco founder Jaimoe in attendance After a fascinating talk by the two I waited in line to get my book signed and in short order was standing in front of Jaimoe himself You know I said to him I've been a fan of the band for around 45 years and have seen you in concert over a dozen times but this is the first time I've ever heard you talk Jaimoe then gave me a slow smile and responded You weren't listening I must have looked a mite confused as Alan Paul uickly explained He's referring to his drumming I relate this story to illustrate the rather jazzlike notion that Jaimoe was conveying that night; the idea of communicating thoughts nonverbally through one's chosen instrument And indeed the ABB has always if one thinks back taken the theories of jazz and applied them to its distinctive Southern rock a term that ABB guitarist Dickey Betts apparently hates the book reveals sound; as longtime ABB producer Tom Dowd puts it They swing like they're playing jazz when they play things that are tangential to the blues and even when they play heavy rock As I mentioned Paul's book takes the form of an oral biography and Jaimoe Betts and Dowd are only three of the 60 people band members past and present crew friends managers fellow musicians who the author interviewed during its preparation Thus the long and complicated history of the band is related by these five dozen folks with each paragraph comprised of a comment of one or the other It is a very effective and compelling way to move the story along; the reader compulsively turns page after page wanting to know what each person says next Memory of course is a tricky and elusive thing especially after four decades of drug addled touring and so when one anecdote contradicts the words of another interviewee Paul wisely juxtaposes the two or sometimes three conflicting tales Rashomon style and lets the reader make up his or her own mind As Jaimoe says somewhere hindsight ain't always 2020 History is complicated and everyone sees it differently Thus we get competing stories regarding Gregg Allman's method of journeying from California to initially join the band and the manner in which Betts managed to create his classic instrumental Jessica Fortunately these conflicting tales do not arise too often Paul is anything but sensationalistic in his book and seems to only include details and stories that further his history of the band itself; the details of the personal lives of the band members are only included insofar as they affect that story For example Gregg's relationship with and four year marriage to Cher is given a one sentence passing reference; those wishing to know the juicy facts might be advised to pick up Gregg's autobiography My Cross to Bear Thus it comes as something of a shock when on page 316 a mention is made of Gregg's sixth wife; we'd never even been told of wives one through five Still the book is hardly a dry affair and contains stories that the most imaginative of novelists could hardly have dreamed up The ABB of course has had any number of setbacks and triumphs during its legendary career and Paul's biography clues us in on them all from the mouths of the folks who lived them The book covers the ABB's earliest beginnings in Jacksonville details the group's first successes tells the tragic tales of the back to back losses of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley and proceeds to the band's enormous mid '70s popularity drug problems dissolution reunions personnel changes and so onall the way to the March 2013 residency at the Beacon In addition to all the truly remarkable anecdotes would you believe that the two artists from Wonder Graphics who created the psychedelic interior gatefold spread for the Eat a Peach album did so in a single day?? there are any number of priceless uotes that the reader will likely want to highlight; for example I love Duane's comment to the band just before its first flush of popularity Boys we're going to be farting through velvet underwear And howzabout these words from Gregg regarding his performance philosophy You want to come out and get the audience in the palm of your hand right awayYou can't be namby pamby; you can't be miluetoast with the audience I love it The entire book is like that one wonderful uote or anecdote after another interspersed with commentary or sidebars from the author himself who writes extremely well as these sidebars reveal The book is undoubtedly a complete success a mother lode of fascinating information for all fans of this great music institution and its author a genuinely nice man if my short conversation with him is any indication and a decades old fan of the band himself is to be congratulated on a job well done Usually with these lengthy biographies I somehow manage to discern through a careful and nitpicking perusal some errors of fact but in Paul's book happily such errors are at a minimum and mostly confined to the type of mistake that a good proofreader or copy editor should have caught For example the Coricidin bottle that Duane used as a slide is repeatedly spelled Coricidian The song Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea is given here as Sailing Across the Devil's Sea; likewise Rockin' Horse is presented as Rocking Horse Several place names are misspelled it is Owings Mills Maryland not Mill and Horseheads NY not Horsesheads; artist Hieronymus Bosch did not spell his name Hieronymous; and Dicky Betts' mentor is given as both Stuart Etsitty and Stewart Etsitty don't ask ME which is correct Also the Great Woods Amphitheatre was not in Boston but rather in Mansfield a good 35 miles away Perhaps egregious though is the photo of Derek Trucks on page 355 with the photo caption listing him as Butch Trucks and the fact that although Paul provides his readers with the invaluable service of rating and ranking every one of the ABB and side project albums at the book's conclusion one ABB item has been curiously omitted the 1979 reunion album Enlightened Rogues Still as I say this is mere nitpicking and these minor flubs should in no wise detract from anyone's appreciation for or enjoyment of this heartfelt labor of manifest love As I write these words the 45 year history of the ABB would seem to be drawing to a close with the October 2014 shows at the Beacon supposedly the final hurrah for the band As Derek says in the book this lineup is the way it's going to go out whenever that time comes After so many breakups reunions and personnel changes though the future of this particular band is certainly never written in stone But if this year really SHOULD mark the end of the Allman Brothers Band a reading of Paul's biography would seem to be the perfect way to both celebrate and examine its glorious career It is truly a must read for all fans And ohone other thingdoes anybody out there have a spare ticket in the loge for any of the Beacon shows?


  5. says:

    ONE WAY OUT THE INSIDE HISTORY OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND by Alan Paul is an extensively researched biography of the legendary band that covers the entire history from Duane and Gregg’s beginnings and early bands until 2014 when this book was publishedEvery aspect of the band in it’s tumultuous existence is covered here in a uniue approach that the author also used in his excellent biography Texas Flood The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan where he has multiple uotes from different band members and others closest to the subject covered from interviews used side by side that either support specific events in the band’s history or present different takes on them thus making it possible for the reader to absorb the information presented rather than being given one specific point of view that mirrors the opinion of the authorOne aspect of this author’s biographies that I particularly value is his knowledge of musicians in terms of technical aspects euipment and life as musicians on the road in the studio or down time and their personal lives that gives the reader a feeling of having an inside window into the lives of all the members of the bandExcellent selected discography is included with the author’s personal ratings of all the albums including the splinter bands of Gregg Allman Dickey Betts as well as Warren Haynes the late Allen Woody in Gov’t MuleParticularly of interest for me was the portion of the book detailing the importance of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody in the resurgence of the band beginning with the “Seven Turns” album through the “Hittin’ The Note” album with the HaynesTrucks duo in the wake of the Dickie Betts exit and all of the turmoil within the band even at the height of it’s successful and legendary run at the BeaconI can’t say enough good things about this book and I reread several portions of it over before completing it so as not to miss the most important events contained withinHighly recommended to any interested in the band and the best writing I’ve read on the Allman Brothers Band that includes technical information on the players and their development style influences and euipment in a way that fits seamlessly with the chronological history of the band as presented by the author5 stars


  6. says:

    If you are an electric guitar player and you are NOT an Allman Brothers Band fan then you really aren't a guitar playerThis is the Allman Brothers Band book that i've been waiting over 25 years for ever since Warren Haynes made the Pattern Disruptive album with Dickie Betts back in 1989 when I bought it This book was so exciting I didn't even need a bookmark Everytime I picked it up I knew exactly where i had left off the time before I'm a Warren Haynes fan so those are the stories I most wanted to hear and they're all here It's awesomeI do have to sayAs much as I love the music this book is filled with the endless debauchery drugsalcohol drama and over the top stupidity of human corruption and greed So sad what bits of fame and success do to people I used to assume that if Duane Allman were still alive he wouldn't have tolerated most of this crapbut he would This book shows how he was in the thick of his own endless abuse and bad relationships not to mention what his x wives girlfriends and poor children went through It's a shame that few musicians seem to respect exactly what music is and IS NOT It isn't a license to crap on all that is sacred in humanity Oh well Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll indeedand then the wreckage and death Don't blame the musicOn the positive sideThis book is made of uotes from everyone involved in the history of the band And we get those stories from the players we hear so little about Great comments by Zakk Wylde Jack Pearson David Grissom and my favorite bassist who ever lived Allen WoodyIt even mentions a fair bit about Gov't Mule and friendships with the Grateful Dead Jamming and making music should be something that brings people together This is something i've come to cheerish about Warren Haynes and Garcia and company Seeing Haynes and Phil Lesh jamming is always a joy Warren seemed to take the good from all of these strange experiences and build on it there's nobody I admire musically and this book shows how important he wasThe weirdest thing about this book is the album ratings at the end by the author Alan Paul He gives Shades Of Two Worlds and Where It All Begins 3 and a half stars??? I thought you were an Allman fan? Those albums endlessly inspired my musical life both get 5 stars Then he gives Laid back by Gregg Allman 5 stars? Hmmmm? And Bett's Pattern Disruptive gets 2 stars? Are you deaf? Apparently And to end it off Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator gets only 3 stars? WHAT? Did you play these on an old Mickey Mouse record player that skips? But other than that the author put together a great book ThanksI sure would love to jam with Jaimoe He would be one cool Grandpa to have


  7. says:

    This is a First Reads Thank You Goodreads Mr Paul has gathered every surviving member of the band past and present to give an honest raw account of the band each other the music what was and what happened Duane Allman's demons come into account the drugs the fame the brilliance that died too soon The darkness that fell over them and yet through it they continued they made music I love how this is told and weaved the stories from different perspectives at the same time making a whole picture developing a multi dimensional history lesson a vortex of sorts The illusion is gone the men now stand before the reader and their story has truly been toldThis is not for the faint of heart or the reader that only wants the glossy Teen Beat version or even the Rolling Stone this is for the reader looking for the truth or the many variations that give the reader insight into where the truth is


  8. says:

    I am a long time fan of the Allman Brothers Band Their music has appealed to me since late in high school when I began to lose interest in harder rock metal and pop music and became interested in music like theirs and Eric Clapton's The emotion and the varied influences drew me in and with the Allman Brothers Band so did the sound It was blues jazz rock and country all stewed together Drums crashing like waves on a beach a rhythm section that was rolling and artistic instead of just keeping time guitars soaring harmonically and weaving in and out of the rhythm sections foundation and finally the Hammond B3 what a sound When I saw One Way Out The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band on for Kindle I knew it was a book I had to readAlan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single level story line 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 Butch Trucks in the ForewardAlan Paul has written this book in much the same way that James O'Connell wrote another book I've recently read Three Days in June He doesn't try to tell the story himself he lets those that were there and lived it tell the story This book is an oral history Paul has interviewed the surviving members of the band surviving members of the crew managers producers wives significant others family members fellow musicians and and has pieced interview segments together roughly chronologically to tell not only what happened by why it happened You may get multiple versions of what happened but that's normal everyone sees everything differently but as with everything in life you get the idea that what actually happened falls somewhere in the middle Getting the story from sources both inside the Allman Brothers Band and observers on the outside looking in the reader gets a very thorough and complete as possible given the deaths of some important figures view of the band's history Most importantly Paul doesn't see to try to judge any members or influence the reader's interpretation of the interviews; it simply tells what happened in the words of those who were there One Way Out tells the story of the formation and rise of the band through multiple triumphs and multiple tragedies It's clear how not only the force of Duane Allman's personality and musical ability but also his emphasis and family and teamwork his selfless approach to the music made the band what it was and laid the foundation for 45 years of musical magic It's amazing how the band survived the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley rising like a phoenix multiple times It illustrates the effect of drug and alcohol abuse on lives of the band and crew as well as their effects on the music It tells the story of how musical styles and backgrounds of the members blended to create the band's sound and how new members were encouraged to bring their own styles and sound when they joined It tells the story of personalities clashed and meshed to bring the band both to the points brink of failure and the heights of brillianceDuane was a natural born leader His philosophy was 'Get on my back Follow me'Particularly towards the end of the book one could easily get the idea that it's pile on Dickey Betts time but I wouldn't agree with that assessment Betts' side of the story is told and each of the other band members and observers have slightly different stories of how the final separation went down One of the most compelling elements of the book to me is how Duane Allman was a natural leader of the team that was the Allman Brothers Band and how Dickey Betts tried to pick up the mantle of leadership but wasn't as natural at it Over time I think he lost the team concept of the band and that's what eventually led to him being fired or uitting depending upon your interpretation of events One of the most compelling personalities in the books is Jaimoe his observations are possibly the most balanced of all Of all the band members with the exception of Duane Allman I think I learned about him by reading One Way Out I think he put it best in his AftewardOne thing I've learned in life is hindsight ain't always 2020 History is complicated and everyone sees it differently understands it in his or her own way The Allman Brothers Band history involves a lot of people and there are as many versions of what happened as there are people involved in making it happen That's why this book gets the history as right as possible; Alan Paul spoke to everyone he could let them have their say tell their version of the truth and then laid it out You can't try to escape the shit you did in lifeWhen I first started reading One Way Out I tweeted that I thought it was going to be a hard book to put down It was I freuently found myself with the Kindle in hand iPod beside me and headphones on my head I'd read about an album song or performance and if I had it stop reading then listen to it before picking the Kindle back up and reading on I honestly think reading it that way enhanced my experience of the book If you are a fan of the Allman Brothers this book should be at the top of your list It certainly enhanced my knowledge of the band any my appreciation of their music It may just be the Allman Brothers Band fan deep within me but I see no reason not to give One Way Out The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band a five star rating


  9. says:

    If you dig the Allman Brothers this is a must If you don't well what's the point? Most or all of the book is culled from interviews with the band members or folks that were there when it all went down I usually have little or no patience for anecdotes about fighting and dysfunctional musicians but the Abros and this book raise it to an art form Maybe it passes muster with me just because I'm such a fan of the music There aren't many or any of this type left and these guys are wrapping up the tent this summer They may seem a little hairy and anachronistic to today's young folk but that's not me These guys were at the peak musically and yet their talent is dwarfed by their egos They make what passes as popular music today seems so incredibly antiseptic as not to be worth the effort to even allow it to prattle on as background music I can't imagine the guys in Coldplay walk around with switchblades in their boots If Chris Martin and one of his roadies got into it someone might leave with hurt feelings When Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks had a disagreement everyone started raiding the hotel rooms for towels to mop up the blood To the right reader this book is a treat beyond compare


  10. says:

    If you are from the South love Southern Rock music and are a baby boomer then you know and love those boys from Florida The Allman Brothers Band Their music is legendary their lives are legendary and now the tales of everything we've always heard of are related in a brilliant biography One Way Out The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul Paul has gathered interviews with all the players all the families and friends and all the hangers on to make this book one of the most fascinating collections of memories I've had the pleasure to read There is pretty much no stone left unturned in this intimate and uniuely presented book Paul lays out the story of the Allman brothers Duane and Greg and their band mates with blended interviews with everyone who was around the band at it's start and at it's current state Fans of the band will eat this book up Fans of Southern rock music will love it as well And fans of genuine from the heart music will appreciate it for it's revelations and the respect with which it was compiled