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Please Be With Me on Amazon's Best Books of the Year
 
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:29 AM


Galadrielle Allman's wonderful book, Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman is on Amazon.com's Best Books of the Year – in both the memoir and humor/entertainment categories.

The book is available in hardcover, paperback and audio book editions.

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.

This quote from Gregg Allman sums it up: “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.”

Our thanks to Galadrielle Allman for writing and sharing this intimate memoir of her father, who means so much to so many of us... and congratulations on making the Best Books of 2014 lists - we heartily agree!


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35 years after his death, Skydog still among rock's very best guitarists
 
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 07:51 PM
By Michael Ventre
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 5:18 p.m. ET Oct 26, 2006
No matter what the circumstances, deaths in the world of rock and roll tend to become romanticized over the years. It has less to do with the tragedy itself than it does with the warm memories that the music of the artists in question have continued to provide, and the sharp reality that there will be no more such music on the way.

What creative frontiers would Jimi Hendrix have explored if he lived beyond the age of 27? Where would Janis Joplin’s music have taken her if she didn’t pass away at 26? Exactly how would we have been entertained if Jim Morrison, Jeff and Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, John Bonham, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Redding, Berry Oakley, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Gram Parsons and Frank Zappa, as well as many others, had been allowed to hang around a little while longer?

Outside of niches occupied by guitar fanatics and Southern blues-rock devotees, the name Duane Allman is often ignored. He wasn’t flamboyant. He didn’t live the stereotypical life of rock and roll excess. His most notable work came either as a session player for other artists, or as an unassuming member of a band he co-founded with his brother Gregg. And he is probably recognized the most for his work on the slide guitar, practically a lost art today.

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The Duane Strat
 
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 08:38 PM
I was reading a post in the Forum about one of Duane's old Strats and this story came flooding back...

From day one, Duane could play just about any guitar, and make it cry, but he had a real Fender fetish in the early days. Probably his all-time favorite guitar from his early Allman Joys/Hourglass days, when I knew him was a Telecaster body with a Strat neck, hybrid that he coveted. According to Paul Hornsby, Duane lost that guitar when it was stolen, by some bottom-feeder, while the Hourglass was touring the mid east in late 67 or early 68.

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Band Leader Duane Allman Dies in Bike Crash
 
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 01:31 PM
By: Jon Landau
For Rolling Stone

"Ol' Duane was married to his music, the truth be known," a close friend reflected after the funeral rites. "I guess him dyin' so young, though, was almost inevitable. He had a wild and reckless streak in him, and apart from pickin' his git-tar, he'd get...bored. I guess you could call it. On that account, he ran through a lotta chicks and a lotta mean dope in his green time, and he purely loved to smoke up the highways on bikes that was too fast for him. You don't live long if you live...impulsive like that. Duane was basically just a good ol' country boy, but he could jump salty, too, now and again. Hell, I'll miss him, myself. I'm just sorry he had to up and leave America so early. He had a fat lot left in him to do."

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A Lesson Carved in Stone
 
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 07:58 AM

Duane AllmanBy: William M. Thames III

Even today at age fifty-three, on rare occasions, that vague nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach returns—that unpleasant feeling that my stomach is trying to crawl up into my throat, and empty its bounty of churning butterflies.

To a young teenage musician, stage fright can be a terrifying, and worrisome emotion. Today, I can deal with those emotions, but there was a time thirty-six years ago, when I was sixteen, that stage fright almost cost me my closest friends, my job, and the single most thrilling, musical night of my life.

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Skydog
 
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 04:35 AM
WAIL ON SKYDOG,PLAY IT LOUD MAKE IT MOAN.TRAVEL HIGH ON THE FRETBOARD TO PLACES UNKNOWN.TAKE ME HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN OR A COOL RUNNING STREAM.YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS MADE ONE HELL OF A TEAM.LEANING BACK ON A HARLEY HAIR INTO THE WIND,HOW COULD YOU KNOW IT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SPIN.30 YEARS HAVE PASSED IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.THE NOTES THAT YOU PLAYED CAN STILL MAKE ME CRY.WAIL ON SKYDOG MAKE IT MOAN LET IT CRY IN 71 YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY.HITTING THE NOTE WAS YOUR GIFT TO US.PLAYING THE FILLMORE ALL NIGHT IF YOU MUST.OH HOW THOSE SOUNDS STILL HAUNT ME TODAY OH HOW I LOVED HEARING YOU PLAY A FAN

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Duane Showed Southern Musicians the Way to Go
 
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 07:34 PM
By Ed Bumgardner
Winston-Salem Journal

For most young music fans, Oct. 29 is just another day. But for those musicians who grew up Southern, the day marks the anniversary of guitarist Duane Allman's death - a time for remembrance, for futile speculation and for giving thanks for the music that he made and left behind to remind us of his casual genius.

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