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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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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 Goldf ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 21st 2012)
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Alan Paul
Dec 20, 2012 Alan Paul rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dec 05, 2014 Allan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 read.

I 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
Sep 02, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
First, a personal anecdote: On 3/20/14, 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 drummer/co-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 J ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

***** 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 ti
Mac McCormick III
Mar 13, 2014 Mac McCormick III rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Allman Brothers Band fan
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 more 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 j ...more
May 31, 2015 Rod rated it it was amazing
If you are an electric guitar player and you are NOT an Allman Brothers Band fan - then you really aren't a guitar player.

This 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
Mike Mitchell
Apr 04, 2014 Mike Mitchell rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sharon Chance
Mar 04, 2014 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing

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 o
Mar 05, 2014 Davidcrumhorn rated it really liked it
Musicians will have an appreciation for learning how the original lineup was instinctively constructed by Duane, the methods use to come up guitar harmonies, etc. Much of the oral history simply confirms what one who has paid attention to the music and has seen many shows over the years has deduced. It's interesting that personal conflicts and massive substance abuse comes straight through to the music. It's entirely fitting that the band will go out at the end of this year playing the best musi ...more
Jim Lane
Jan 16, 2014 Jim Lane rated it liked it
I love ABB and the oral history format so of course this was a fun read, but it fell short of what I hoped it would be. I'm not sure if the participants were reluctant to elaborate on certain topics, but many sections felt thin. More input from Gregg would've been nice as well, but since he put his own bio out recently I'm sure his participation was calculated to be minimal. It's worth a read for big fans. (Note: I got an advance copy of the full book)
Feb 27, 2014 Mem244 rated it liked it
I wanted this to be a great book since I am a huge fan of the band, but it really seemed like a rehash of stuff I already knew from other books, articles, interviews, etc. I think the author did a fine job in compiling the material and organizing it into a good chronological flow, but I came away from this book with very little new information.
Sep 14, 2014 Sir rated it really liked it
One of the best "band history" books I've read.
Jun 19, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
For serious Allman Brothers fans, this book is a must! It definitely was for me in the wake of visiting the Macon "Big House" museum & other Brothers' sites recently, and most especially after Gregg's death. Like so many creative artists, many of the the individuals in this band were personally & seriously flawed, and they experienced more than their share of tragedy, especially the motorcycle deaths of founders Duane Allman & Berry Oakley. But when they came together and were "on" ( ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Jpaflas rated it liked it
Got this book on a whim with some left over book store credit. It is a decent read. The format is kind of strange... mostly edited collections of band members thoughts on certain subjects interspersed with small sections of explanatory prose from the author. The first half of the book about the early days of the band is really interesting. However as the book goes on and the drugs and infighting drag the boys down, so to goes the book. I found it worth reading, but my view may be a bit biased as ...more
Phillip Gonzales
Jun 18, 2017 Phillip Gonzales rated it it was amazing
Duane Allman had a vision of how a band should look and sound. He surrounded himself with "jam" musicians Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe and his brother Gregg Allman and made music history.

A fascinating look at the rise and fall of one of America's most iconic bands!

Leandro Cordobez
Excelente historia oral de una de las bandas fundamentales del rock estadounidense. Todos los protagonistas hablan y dan su punto de vista. Fotos y contexto. Fundamental.
Robert Gelms
Nov 03, 2014 Robert Gelms rated it it was amazing
It Is Time For Music Appreciation
By Bob Gelms

In this issue, dedicated to music appreciation, we have Jerry Lee Lewis, The Allman Brothers, and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. It’s time to rock on.
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is a mind-bending, wide-eyed, and slack-jawed appreciation of one of, if not THE originator of Rock & Roll. You can say what you want about Elvis Presley but if there was no Jerry Lee Lewis we would not have Rock & Roll as an art form today. What we would have would be
C. Michael
Dec 26, 2013 C. Michael rated it really liked it
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
Alan Paul
464 pages
ISBN: 1250040493
St. Martin's Press

Right on the heels of Ben Fong-Torres' Willin': The Story of Little Feat (Da Capo Press, 2013) comes Guitar Player magazine writer and Allman Brothers Band historian Alan Paul's One Way Out: The Inside History Of The Allman Brothers Band. These books are evidence of the late Baby-Boomers' continued interest in and reverence for the music they grew up with. Part nostalgia, pa
Feb 26, 2017 Lori rated it it was amazing
The author, Alan Paul, does a great job of telling the story of the Allman Brother's Band. Each of the band members, and friends, tell their version of the story. Sometimes it feels repetitive but always interesting to hear how everyone remembers the same event in their own way. After having read several other bands' stories, from this era, the use of drugs and alcohol, and continuing to produce what will become classic music, is still fascinating. Loved hearing how the song Layla came about, fr ...more
Lee Howlett
Dec 20, 2015 Lee Howlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember becoming aware of the Allman Brothers Band when I was in my teens and some of their songs caught my attention on the radio. I never knew much about them other than they were from the south, Duane Allman died young (age 24) in a motorcycle accident, and Gregg Allman was married briefly to Cher. The drugs, alcohol, and fights among the band members were not surprising. This is the only book I've read about the band or any of the members. I like the way Alan Paul wrote the book -- using ...more
Michael Smith
Mar 17, 2014 Michael Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
Alan Paul has been writing about The Allman brothers Band for over 35 years, and has become a trusted journalist in their collective book, so he was the perfect man to take on the massive undertaking of telling the true, detailed story of one of the finest rock groups of the 20th century (and beyond.) Written in an "oral history" style, the book is made up primarily of quotes from band members, music industry folk, family and friends and others, interspersed with Paul's narrative, and it works t ...more
May 23, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review for the audiobook:

Well documented for the most part, the history of the ABB right up to 2013. Much about the greatness of Duane Allman and how Gregg and Dickey Betts had to pick up the pieces after Duane's tragic death. I'm more than just a casual fan but I learned a lot here; how pivotal Berry Oakley was to the band's sound, the importance of Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Derek Trucks who kept the torch lit as the band went through many lineup changes. Dan Miller's narration was ex
Jeff Crompton
Mar 18, 2015 Jeff Crompton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an old jazz guy, but the Allman Brothers were early heroes of mine. I began reacquainting myself with their music about ten years ago, and I have once again become a big fan. Alan Paul's oral history is very well done, presenting varying, sometimes contradictory viewpoints by everyone involved. Some sections were not pleasant to read, since a good bit of dysfunction has been a part of this talented band's chemistry almost since the beginning.

Several threads emerge from this narrative:

1. Duan
Nov 26, 2014 TrumanCoyote rated it really liked it
The first half or so of this was very good indeed--definite five-star material. On occasion it veered toward hagiography, but not enough to become distracting. Unfortunately though later on that tendency got to be a good deal more pronounced, and indeed finally swamped the entire production. The last hundred pages or so could've pretty much been dispensed with, except of course for the occasional Amusing/Scarifying Anecdote (like that thing about Dickey, Woody and the knife--eek!). But I mean, h ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Rodney rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun to read. If you are a fan of the Allmans, Gov't Mule, or even just the history of Rock in general, you must read this.
Paul lets the major players tell the story in "oral biography" style, which is the perfect way to do it when it's about a band so centered on collaboration and feeding off each other to create their songs and weave together extended jams.
The Allmans are often referred to as a Southern Rock band, which they no doubt were(they basically started the genre), but
Ray Campbell
Sep 11, 2014 Ray Campbell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
"One way out babe, Lord I just can't go out the door..." I love the Allman Brothers. I read Greg's autobiography a while back and was moved, fascinated and enlightened. One Way Out was a great follow up read. Alan Paul does a great job of weaving hundreds of interviews into something of an oral history. The effect is engaging and fascinating. Paul brings the reader into the conversation by setting context and letting the band speak for itself.

OK, rather predictably, there is lots of incoherent
Mar 06, 2015 Cade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really gave me a better appreciation for the band. Amazing to see what a person with a vision, focus, and dedication can do. The book is about the history of the band and is told through a series of statements from the band members making it an interesting read for fans of the music and the music that followed. I found a lot of interest in seeing how a group of people that often don't get along and often have different opinions and ideas can come together over a common cause and just work it out ...more
Laura Lynch
Jul 22, 2014 Laura Lynch rated it liked it
“One Way Out” - An In-Depth Look at the Allman Brothers Band

Alan Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine. Paul has followed the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) for 25 years. During that time Alan has conducted hundreds of interviews. In his book “One Way Out” (2014) those and plenty of other conversations recalling the ABB’s early days are the keys that un-lock the doors to their lengthy legacy.

“One Way Out” flowed in chronological order telling the tales of success, struggle, life and deat
Gregory Howe
Aug 02, 2014 Gregory Howe rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fascinating first person account of the rise and fall and rise of a great American institution. More than just the history, the actors in this drama reveal key points about their playing techniques and offer insight into performances both on-stage and off. Much like "Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge" by Mark Yarm the tale is told by the participants with the author interjecting between comments of the band members to tie things together or offer his unique point ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, music
I was a little bit hesitant about buying this book because I didn't think there was much more for me to learn about the Allman Brothers Band after being utterly obsessed with them for half of my life. I was wrong. Aside from Gregg Allman's autobiography and Galadrielle Allman's insightful book about her father, this is the best, most revealing book about the band that I've read (and believe me, I've read most of the books out there about the ABB). Alan Paul made the very wise decision to leave t ...more
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Alan Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the members of the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band.

He is the author of Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing (Harper), which is currently being developed as a film by Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures
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“I’ll give it a year. I’ll go out and play these clubs and then I’ll go on to college.’ But after a year, I was so far in debt from trying to buy amps and guitars and everything else, that I had to do another year.” 0 likes
“Late in 1967, still struggling to write a keeper song, Allman found himself sitting in a room in Pensacola’s Evergreen Motel, holding Duane’s guitar, which was tuned to open E. “I picked up the guitar and didn’t know it was natural-tuned,” Allman recalls. “I just started strumming it and hit these beautiful chords. It was just open strings, then an E shape first fret, then moved to the second fret. This is a great example of the way different tunings can open up different roads to you as a songwriter.” 0 likes
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