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  posted on 6/6/2012 at 08:48 PM
This was posted by Bee in the Gregg Allman forum. Thought I would post here in the AG forum so more could see it.
Gosh, Gregory even loves babies!


'Baybrah' Gregg Allman Talks Duane, NYC, 'My Cross to Bear'

In his New York Times best seller "My Cross to Bear" ( currently No. 4), Gregg Allman tells his amazing life story. From his humble beginnings growing up in the South with big brother Duane, raising hell and drifting from band to band until finally they formed the legendary Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Allman, 64, holds nothing back -- he writes candidly about the pain of losing his beloved brother to his long time struggles with substance abuse -- including eleven stints in rehab -- and his numerous marriages, including his ill-fated union with Cher. (After we spoke in May, Allman revealed he's engaged to Shannon Williams, 24.)

The book lays it all out there; the trouble is, Allman wasn't too keen to discuss the contents of the book in a quick chat with Billboard.com, but we did get his take on NYC's love affair with the band, what he thought of "Almost Famous" what his big brother Duane would be calling him if he were still alive.

Q: Why do you think the Allman Brothers have had such a special connection with NYC and the Beacon Theater audiences?

A: It was a long process. Atlanta used to be our kind of town and then after we met Bill Graham, he had us going from coast to coast. We would just go from the West to the East, they were both dynamite places but see the music is free. All we get paid for is traveling and anyway... I just woke up; I'm trying to get the cobwebs out of my head. (Sips some coffee). What was the question?

Q: Why do you think New York audiences have embraced the Allman Brothers?

A: When it comes to the music part of it, they're getting the real uncut version of what we do and people know they're not going to be left wanting more. We're not going to do 50 minutes and split, usually we're up there close to three hours. Just over the years it's built up and built up. We played just as hard this year as back in the Fillmore days.

Q: How much of the movie "Almost Famous" is based on the Allmans?

A: That was very interesting to me when I first watched 'The Last Waltz.' Is that what you're talking about?

Q: No, the Cameron Crowe movie.

A: (Laughs) That was a bunch of us in there. Quite a bit. Duane jumped into a swimming pool off a two story Travel Lodge in San Francisco.

Q: So, the book covers your interesting history with women. You've been married six times, for starters.

A: Why are you making me feel like a monkey in a cage? When you're lonely you do some strange things.

Q: You're a rock and roll guy! It's not uncommon to travel and get groupies and be married a bunch of times! It's different for other people...

A: I think it's what you make of it. Everybody's an individual, even rock and roll guys as you put it (laughs). I've never compared my life to anybody else's. I worked really, really hard for everything I've got. I gave them their damned money's worth for sure and I still am.

Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?

Q: You wrote that when he felt sick he would complain and drive everyone crazy.

A: Now you're really digging for some smut ain't you?

Q: No! Not at all. I thought that was sweet, normal brother stuff. I love my brothers but I can tell you ten things off the bat that they do to annoy me.

A: Well growing up he was pretty much a bully to baybrah, that's what he called me, which is short for baby brother. He always called me that and if we lived to me being 95 and him being 96 I'd still be the baby brother.

Q: You must be so proud that Duane's legacy still lives on.

A: It does, it really does. It's almost unbelievable what a footprint he made in the short time he lived. I'm very proud.

Q: You've become more spiritual since becoming sober 17 years ago. Do you consider yourself born again or just more spiritual?

A: I don't know about this born again. You just have to open up your heart and let Christ in. I've never understood the phrase born again. People can call it what they want. I pray every day. It gives me great comfort.

Q: You have four children.

A: Three are musicians and one's a physician's assistant.

Q: Did you try to discourage them from becoming musicians? It's such a tough business…

A: Did I discourage them? I must not have done a very good job (laughs). No, I don't discourage any of my kids on something like that. They can do whatever they want to do. I tell them try to be the best at whatever you do.

Q: You write about how you struggled with drugs for a long time. What was your moment of clarity?

A: I don't know man. Can we talk about something happy?

Q: I think becoming sober is a pretty fantastic thing.

A: Well let's just say I got real sick of the whole, all this stuff that comes with it, and I'm glad I did, I really am.

Q: Yeah and now you get to enjoy being a grandfather!

A: Oh yeah, it's very fulfilling. You get the grandbabies and you hold them till they get wet and then you pass 'em on.

http://www.billboard.com/news/baybrah-gregg-allman-talks-duane-nyc-my-10072 35152.story#/news/baybrah-gregg-allman-talks-duane-nyc-my-1007235152.story

 

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  posted on 6/6/2012 at 08:59 PM
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Q: You wrote that when he felt sick he would complain and drive everyone crazy.

A: Now you're really digging for some smut ain't you?


Gregg!.....Try being a god interview, just tell another story about your brother......for goodness sakes.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2012 at 09:13 PM
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Q: You wrote that when he felt sick he would complain and drive everyone crazy.

A: Now you're really digging for some smut ain't you?


Gregg!.....Try being a god interview, just tell another story about your brother......for goodness sakes.


I thought this remark was odd.

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Why are you making me feel like a monkey in a cage?

So asking questions in an interview about the book you wrote, the book in which you mention you have married six times, makes you feel like a monkey?

 

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Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.

We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.

Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.

Brother against brother....

 

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  posted on 6/6/2012 at 09:31 PM
That was a painful read. jeez, maybe have the coffee BEFORE the interview.....I mean "The Last Waltz"? "What drove me nuts?"?
 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 12:42 AM
If I had six wives, one being Cher, just wrote a tell all book including women talk, and had a 40 year junior fiance, and was running on a body with other folks parts, I would be poised, armed, alert, and ready for all incoming monkey questions..... in fact I would have organ grinder jokes ready at the handy.... I need to go back and sort out that Last Waltz thing.... it was very touching hearing him talk of Big Brother...

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 06:18 AM
Gregg was being far far more confrontational than the person doing the interview. Maybe he was tired of answering the same questions on this book tour, but still work with the interviewer a little.
 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 06:27 AM
"... Atlanta used to be our kind of town ..."

Well, I guess that explains things!

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 07:49 AM
he sounds completely out of it...very sad actually
 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 09:08 AM
Which kid do you think he forgot about?
 
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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 10:00 AM
Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?


I have to wonder....did he even read the book? I don't ask that lightly because, although I read Johnny's book to him at least five or six times for accuracy as I was working on the various drafts, he has yet to sit down and read the finished version and is still asking me if he mentioned this or that. Perhaps that's what happened with Gregg and he honestly doesn't remember what's in it!

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 10:11 AM
Maybe he should stop doing interviews if he can't handle the questions anymore, I mean when is enough enough? Ann I'm about 1/4 of the way through your book, really find it extremely enjoyable and very nicely done!

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 10:11 AM
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Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?


I have to wonder....did he even read the book? I don't ask that lightly because, although I read Johnny's book to him at least five or six times for accuracy as I was working on the various drafts, he has yet to sit down and read the finished version and is still asking me if he mentioned this or that. Perhaps that's what happened with Gregg and he honestly doesn't remember what's in it!


Gregg has a problem with lyrics also

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 10:11 AM
Looks like someone is tired of answering the same questions over and over again. Time to wrap up that book tour.

 

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Looks like someone is tired of answering the same questions over and over again. Time to wrap up that book tour.


What question ?

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 10:45 AM
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Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?


I have to wonder....did he even read the book? I don't ask that lightly because, although I read Johnny's book to him at least five or six times for accuracy as I was working on the various drafts, he has yet to sit down and read the finished version and is still asking me if he mentioned this or that. Perhaps that's what happened with Gregg and he honestly doesn't remember what's in it!


What book? If you cannot remember the events in the book, what's the point of reading it for accuracy? Even if he read it, I am not sure he would even remember reading it. But I bet he can tell you stories about the books he signed for HTN.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 11:07 AM
On balance I thought this was a pretty weak interview conducted by Billboard. I'd expect a better interview from Billboard - not a Piers Morgan repeat.
 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 11:13 AM
Gregg missed an opportunity to talk about his sobriety and addiction struggles. I find that way more intersting than a four way while on tour.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 01:09 PM
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the same one as usual Micheal

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 02:06 PM
Gregg has 8 children not four.

Michael
Deena
Devon
Benjamin
Elijah
Island
Jonathan
Layla

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 02:50 PM
Lame interview. When someone is making the rounds like Gregg on his tour, the interviewers need to check out the other interviews and come up with interesting questions that will cover some new ground or draw out more stories from the interviewee. This guy's questions have been covered to death by other interviews and interviewers. That little bit is about 5 minutes of interview time, so he got 5 minutes with Gregg Allman and all he comes up with is an Almost Famous question and why does NYC love the Allman Brothers and boy you've been married a lot yuck yuck yuck and oh, boy you must be proud of Duane. I'd be sick of these a$$holes by now too.

 

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Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?

I have to wonder....did he even read the book? I don't ask that lightly because, although I read Johnny's book to him at least five or six times for accuracy as I was working on the various drafts, he has yet to sit down and read the finished version and is still asking me if he mentioned this or that. Perhaps that's what happened with Gregg and he honestly doesn't remember what's in it!
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wow..i think you may be on to something

 

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Lame interview. When someone is making the rounds like Gregg on his tour, the interviewers need to check out the other interviews and come up with interesting questions that will cover some new ground or draw out more stories from the interviewee. This guy's questions have been covered to death by other interviews and interviewers. That little bit is about 5 minutes of interview time, so he got 5 minutes with Gregg Allman and all he comes up with is an Almost Famous question and why does NYC love the Allman Brothers and boy you've been married a lot yuck yuck yuck and oh, boy you must be proud of Duane. I'd be sick of these a$$holes by now too.


If the same questions have been posed repeatedly, you might think Gregg would be able to answer them.

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 03:32 PM
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Q: Obviously you loved your brother very much but I loved in the book how you also wrote about the things he did that drove you nuts.

A: What drove me nuts?

I have to wonder....did he even read the book? I don't ask that lightly because, although I read Johnny's book to him at least five or six times for accuracy as I was working on the various drafts, he has yet to sit down and read the finished version and is still asking me if he mentioned this or that. Perhaps that's what happened with Gregg and he honestly doesn't remember what's in it!
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wow..i think you may be on to something


I have no way of knowing or proving it, or really care, but I suspect this book could more accurately be called an "authorized biography" rather than an autobiography. And yes, I'd be surprised if Gregg ever read the final version that was published.

[Edited on 6/7/2012 by Zambi]

 

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  posted on 6/7/2012 at 03:33 PM
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I'd never get sick of a$$holes who promote my book for free.


 

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Lame interview. When someone is making the rounds like Gregg on his tour, the interviewers need to check out the other interviews and come up with interesting questions that will cover some new ground or draw out more stories from the interviewee. This guy's questions have been covered to death by other interviews and interviewers. That little bit is about 5 minutes of interview time, so he got 5 minutes with Gregg Allman and all he comes up with is an Almost Famous question and why does NYC love the Allman Brothers and boy you've been married a lot yuck yuck yuck and oh, boy you must be proud of Duane. I'd be sick of these a$$holes by now too.


Actually they should cater their questions to their own audience. Not asking a question because it has been asked before in another medium is bad journalism. Not everyone reads every interview with this person that you are interviewing, so you have to cover what you think would be the best info for your readership.

As someone else said, he's getting free publicity for his book, so he shouldn't be too sick of answering these questions. He should have a routine down by now for each question, much like "you all are a great bunch."

 
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