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My Cross to Bear (Enhanced Edition)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,000 ratings  ·  609 reviews
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, the enhanced e-book offers a candid conversation with him, as he talks about his early days playing music, discusses his struggles with drug addiction, reflects on memories of his beloved ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by William Morrow & Company
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Perry
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timely Read on the Late Gregg Allman
Singer/Songwriter under Entry for 'Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll'
in Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Encyclopedia


In a pivotal scene in Cameron Crowe's movie "Almost Famous," Lester Bangs, a famous rock critic played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, scolds fifteen-year-old William Miller for making friends with the rock band Stillwater. Miller is the fictional alter ego of Crowe who toured with The Allman Brothers Band--which largely inspired Stillwater--as a teen in lat
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``Laurie Henderson
I thought Gregg Allman's autobiography was very honest and straightforward and enjoyed learning about him and the rise and fall of the Allman Brothers Band. Drugs and alcohol doomed this band as it did so many other great bands and Allman's recounting of his addiction is tragic and sad. He was finally able to overcome his addiction after many attempts.

After reading this book I can understand now why Allman could wail the blues in the manner that touched the soul. His early life was one of extre
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Cathrine ☯️
3.5★
Sex—Drugs—Rock & Roll—Repeat


I don’t know if I could have read this but I enjoyed listening to it with the excellent Will Patton narrating. It came across as though he was sitting back on the couch telling me his stories.
It had some moments but he lived a hard and reckless life and it got a bit repetitive. Those times were mine as well but I mostly indulged in the music and never hit the harder stuff. That lifestyle finally took its toll which is what prompted me to check this out. So many o
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Melanie
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, this was alright. I really like the Allman Brothers band and I love Gregg's singing voice. As for Gregg himself, I'm not sure. I am glad he finally got his life in order and is trying to be a better dad. Would I recommend this, probably not. (I will still rock-out to his band though)!!

Update 10/11/16. Just saw an article, Gregg is now engaged to a woman in her 20's! I changed my mind, despite being sober, he hasn't learned much. Apparently, "this is the first time he's been truly in love".
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Janet
Jeez but I love summer with its hall pass to unabashedly read trash like this. If it’s content you seek you’ll learn more from the back of a box of Cocoa Puffs. It’s a stretch to consider Allman even one dimensional. Still, his ability to use the word ‘shit’ as noun, adjective, adverb and verb is impressive and omission of that word alone would trim the book’s 400 pages down to 250. Eliminating the word ‘man’ would trim it an additional 75 pages.

I recall my mother once saying, “Oh, I’m so glad
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☮Karen
3.5. I probably wouldn't have paid any attention to this memoir were it not for Gregg Allman's recent passing and a mention in another review that Will Patton narrates the audiobook. Mr. Patton always does a fine job, even if he does sound just like the crazed killer in Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy. I wasn't a huge fan of the Allman Brothers back in the day, but I think I should have been. I like all of their songs very much today. It was probably just a timing thing or the people I hung o ...more
Duffy Pratt
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The title comes from his song "It's Not My Cross To Bear," and the full song title would have been more apt. No matter what went wrong with the band, according to Gregory, it wasn't really his fault. For example, the decline the band saw in the eighties was the fault of the audience and the change in pop culture, and had nothing really to do with him being strung out on heroin, an alcoholic, or his other kinds of drug abuse. People just weren't digging good music at that time.

The Allman Brother
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Jeanette (Again)
3.5 stars
This is tough to rate. Gregory's style is conversational and easy to read and often hilarious. It's like he's just sitting there on your sofa telling you about his life, complete with colorful Southern expressions and lots of swearing. I blew through the second half in one afternoon.

The first half is heavy on the drugs and sex, and could rightly be called MY CROTCH TO BARE. Mr. Allman was apparently known among the ladies and his bandmates as quite the cocksman, and he likes to pound a
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Ann Collette
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I totally loved this book but am very aware of the fact that my reaction is deeply personal and not at all that of an objective reviewer. I love a lot of the Allman Brothers' music and have idolized Duane Allman since I first heard him play guitar, so I'm predisposed to love any book that goes into his life in any depth. Over the years, Gregg lost some credibility for me, thanks to his marriage to Cher and his involvement in a drug trial where a friend of his paid the price for getting drugs for ...more
Graham Elvis
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this at the library and thought Id give it a read. Gregg got up and jammed with my band The Elvis Brothers in St. Louis around 1986 he played guitar with us which was a thrill and he liked The Elvis Brothers... After the show we were hanging in our dressing room with Gregg who was feeling no pain but just wouldn't chill so to speak. We had to leave our own dressing room for some peace and quiet... I remember thinking to myself " I can't believe I just had to leave my own dressing room t ...more
Michael
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many autobiographies by musicians and his is one of the best. I broke heavy on Pete Townsend and Carol King for, as I believed, their trying to use too many "big words" in their books. Gregory (he didn't like to be called Gregg) did not. This book is him talking to the reader as if he were sitting down with us, just shootin' the shit. I read it in three days, and loved it.....mgc ...more
James
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great literature it's not, but it is a fine rock autobiography. In a folksy manner, Allman tells about 11 trips to rehab, 6 wives (including Cher), 5 kids by 5 different women, 3 breakups and reunions, 2 band members dying on motorcycles early on, one of which was his brother Duane, the acrimonious split with Dickey Betts (think Keith Richards and Mick Jagger), a business jet that had belonged to Led Zeppelin and later Elton John, a loving mother, a liver transplant, and a lot of song writing, t ...more
Joachim Stoop
Better than I expected.
Could 've earned an extra star if it was a bit more about composing music than scoring pussy
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Joel Brown
Finally got around to reading this after interviewing Gregg about a year ago. He said his approach was influenced much by Keith Richards' memoir, "Life," and it's easy to see. Good stuff about his early life, about forming the band and shaping their sound. In Gregg's case that leads to painful stuff about the deaths of his brother Duane and bassist Berry Oakley and the mid-70s implosion of the band amid those tragedies and huge drug intake.

Like Keith's book, this one channels the star's voice re
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Bill
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first question when I started this book was did Alan Light do ANYTHING except have dictation typed up and organize the chapters. The answer is, it does not seems so. Gregg's voice at the beginning of this thing makes him sound to me like the 17 year old Daytona Dick Head that he was. For the first third of the book Gregory sounded to me like at 64 he was still an immature, self absorbed, cry baby.

I really began to like this book and to some degree G L Allman more as it went. For a while it s
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Teresa
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the most well- written book I've ever read but overall a good read. I saw Gregg Allman promote the book on The Colbert Report. Even though I've seen The Allman Brothers at The Beacon Theater on NYC, I haven't given them, particularly Gregg, any conscious thought. Truthfully I always thought he was a little dim, and was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. I'm not sure what I expected from this book but came away feeling somewhat satisfied. I'm generally not a fan of autobiographies ...more
Maria
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the memoir by Gregg Allman, I felt like I spent the weekend with him. The only way you can beat the immediacy in tone would be listening to the audiobook, and having him literally in your ear. (Which I personally had no problem with. Ya dig?)

The memoir is honest, and includes frank descriptions of both joyful and sorrowful moments of Allman's life, such as his writing process, gratitude felt for amazing friendships and blessings, and the anguish felt over his brother Duane's death.
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Ellen Herbert
Southern Rock was the embarrassment of growing up in the South until I lived enough to understand the Blues. 'Whipping Post' wore out a few needles on my turntable along the way.

Bittersweet, lovely ride and the voice is as authentic as far as I can tell. Made me pull out a bunch of old Outlaws and Marshall Tucker.
I found this to be honest and fair, you get alot of the pain and tragedy and alot of the love and laughter, but most of all you get the music and it is a gift to us.
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Tom
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If I fell over dead right now, I have led some kind of life."

That's Gregg Allman near the end of "My Cross to Bear," and after reading his autobiography, "My Cross to Bear," I have to agree with him.

Some kind of life indeed.

Gregg Allman is best known, of course, as the frontman for The Allman Brothers Band, and his story is inextricably linked to the band's. In the early Allman Brothers days, Gregg's big brother, Duane, was running the show. Duane was the one who kept everyone in line, who wa
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spikeINflorida
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brothers Never Forgotten 🎸🎶🎤🥁🎹
Ron
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, autobiography
I give this 4 stars as a fan who wanted to hear the inside scoop on the career of Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band. His early life is very interesting, with his unsettled childhood in Nashville and Daytona Beach. His father was murdered while Gregg was still a young boy, and his mother put the brothers into military school, feeling she had no option but to instill something into them. When he discovered the guitar, Gregg actually taught his older brother Duane how to play it and Duane became t ...more
Peter Prasad
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone over 30 with a heartbeat
Recommended to Peter by: my neighborhood book store
A wicked good read! I got the beat in three pages, could hear Gregg on the Hammond after five, then Duane came in with the bottleneck and I liked to pop. He's the only man that can race up and down my spine like that. If you can find Southern Rock on the map, then you'll delight in reading My Cross.

Huzzah Sarasota! The Allmans were our local band at the Armory. It was my first taste of tribal. Now I know why. Rich with detail: who knew Gregg was top in his 7th grade class at military academy; r
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Laura Jane
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down! This Macon, Georgia girl loved every word.....thanks, Gregory!
Anthony Valera
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to be opened minded about "My Cross To Bear", but to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew he didn't write his book by himself--he had a writer partner--and I wasn't sure how much he actually contributed to the writing of the book; I mean, did he cut a CD with just enough pertinent information about his life to have filled his contract with his publishers?
But I must say some of the parts, especially those that involved his brother, Duane, were enjoyable.
It is clear form the star
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Alan
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. An honest memoir of a life in music. Loved his music for a long time. RIP brother Gregory!
Carey Shea
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Allman Brothers fans
Recommended to Carey by: Found it on the internet
I am a big fan of the Allman Brothers and have been since 1970. I still listen to them. I did not know much about Gregg Allman except he was married to Cher and had a son by her Elijah Blue. I was so glad he came out with this autobiography. I really liked it and learned so much about him. He is still mourning the death of his brother Duane. You can tell it weighs heavy on him. Gregg was a herion addict and did other drugs as well. Then he started drinking really bad. He is now clean and sober a ...more
Bobby
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Let me preface this review by stating I have been a huge fan of the Allman Brothers Band music for the vast majority of my life. In fact, the first concert I saw was when I was in junior high school. The concert was at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. This was the original line up of band members. I saw the band as recently as 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. Gregg's voice was as powerful and as soulful as I have ever heard it. I have often told people that Gregg Allman is one of the most und ...more
Steve
Gregg Allman's autobiography was definitely an interesting read for me, having grown up listening to the Allman Brothers Band. I'm still not too sure what to make of Mr. Allman - or Gregory as he says in the book he prefers to be called. On the one hand he seems like someone who would make a good friend - he'd definitely have your back. But on the other hand, with all the drugs and drinking over the years - he has a ton of baggage and has burned a bunch of bridges. At times his boasting gets a l ...more
Snem
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continue reading for a completely biased review of this book. It's biased for two reasons: 1) The Allman Brothers might be one of my Dad's top 5 favorite bands so I grew up on their music. It reminds me of my childhood and makes me happy. 2) I had the pleasure of meeting Gregg Allman at the signing for this very book. He was the sweetest, nicest man ever. I fully expected him to suggest we chat more over coffee afterwards. I soon realized he made every person in line that day feel the same way. ...more
Margie
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um, wow . . . sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. This memoir has that and much more. I was born and raised in Macon, GA where the Allman Brothers moved after signing with Capricorn Records. Reading about their time in Macon brought back a lot of memories - the Big House, Capricorn Records, Grants Lounge, Rose Hill Cemetery, Olcmulgee River, College Street, and even the restaurant he and Cher frequented is one my husband and I have celebrated an anniversary at. I love the Allman Brothers music - just e ...more
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Gregory Lenoir Allman, known as Gregg Allman (sometimes spelled Greg Allman), was a rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 with The Allman Brothers Band, and personally received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

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