My Cross to Bear: Enhanced Edition
About the Book
A must-have for every Gregg Allman fan, MY CROSS TO BEAR, the enhanced e-book, contains a treasure trove of exclusive material. Featuring 11 never-before-seen video interviews with Gregg, this enhanced e-book offers a candid conversation with him as he talks about his early days playing music, reflects on memories of his beloved brother Duane, shares how playing music has shaped his life --- and so much more. Also contained here is an interactive blueprint of The Big House Museum, in Macon, Georgia, a museum entirely devoted to the Allman Brothers Band. Once home base for the band, The Big House is now a year-round museum dedicated to all things Allman Brothers. This dynamic, interactive feature allows you to explore the Big House’s extensive collection of Allman Brothers memorabilia on your device through memorabilia pop-ups and a video tour with the museum’s curator.
Included here are three classic Allman Brothers songs “It’s Not My Cross to Bear,” “Statesboro Blues,” and “Whipping Post,” for all who want to listen while they enjoy this amazing book. Moving, fun, and intimate, My Cross to Bear, the enhanced e-book, is essential for everyone who loves the Allman Brothers.
As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost fifty years, he’s been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he’s traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has stretched across the years.
The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, fueling each other’s passion for music, and drifting from one band to another in search of a musical future that always seemed just out of reach. But all that changed one historic day when Duane and Gregg came together with four other men to forge something new--a unique sound shaped by soul, rock, and blues and brimming with experimentation; a sound not just of a band, but of a family.
Bringing to life the carefree early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg holds nothing back --- from run-ins with the law to laid-back parties, from meeting girls on the road to jamming at the Fillmore East. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of the greatest rock music of all time, without shying from the infamous and painful deaths of both his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking candidly and for the first time about the profound impact that his brother’s death had on him, Gregg offers a tribute to Duane that only a younger brother could write, showing how, to this day, he still confronts the grief of losing his big brother, even as Duane continues to guide and inspire him.
Setting the record straight about the band’s struggles in the face of death as well as his own personal demons, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, personality clashes, and money squandering led to a series of breakups and reunions that culminated with the band’s permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than twelve times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all.
Capturing the Allman Brothers’ ongoing, triumphant resurgence as well as his own recent fight against hepatitis C and the liver transplant that saved his life, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, providing a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music and demonstrating how, through it all, the road goes on...forever.