My Cross to Bear - Gregg Allman

My Cross to Bear

By Gregg Allman

  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4 (From 242 Ratings)

Description

For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of  brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

Reviews

  • My Cross To Bear

    5
    By wntersmica
    A great book. I got to know who Greg Allman was - a flawed but humble and warm human being. I related to Greg. I lived the druggie lifestyle and survived Hepatitis C. The first two Allman Brothers albums still get my attention. I still appreciate the music. "Live At Fillmore East" is still one of the best live records ever made. Greg is gone but will not be forgotten. I last saw him in 2015 with The Doobie Brothers. He played a smoking set. He received a standing ovation. He waved to his fans with tears coming down his face. He really cared about the music and the fans.
  • It's not my cross to bare

    5
    By Tone cookin'
    Amazing book and piece of history. The Allman Brothers are my fav band of all time even after reading this book! That was a joke. As a guitar player who decided to get an engineering degree it was good to understand what could have happened to me instead. Despite my lack of success I feel connected to Greg in so many ways. I can't imagine what the band would have been like with Duane still alive! Just loved the book. And thanks so much for the music. And letting me cover a few tunes. Chris (San Diego)
  • If you like Gregg Allman...

    5
    By SnoopTDidz
    You'll get him. Honesty, and a really simple means of explanation. It's been said before, but it reads like he's talking directly to you. You can easily tell the publishers left it as he wrote it. Talk about highs and lows. All and all a great read if you're a fan of Gregory and his older brother.
  • Good read.

    5
    By Alwayscloudy
    Greg will make you laugh and cry.epic story of a rock god!
  • My Cross to Bear

    1
    By John O'Donnell
    Not very good. More of a history. Tedious at times.
  • Beautiful lessons for anyone

    5
    By tdctommy
    There are paragraphs I've read over and over, and hope to return to as my life takes its turns. Thanks to Mr. Allman for sharing.
  • Impresses

    4
    By PC181
    I started out not liking Gregg much but by the end was surprised by how much I admire him. Soft spoken and humble.
  • My Cross to Bear

    5
    By Brabber
    I am not much of a book reader, but thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've been listening to rock and roll since my older brothers and sisters were spinning their 45's in the 60's and listening more to blues as the years go by. Reading about these great artists makes you feel like you know them a bit better. I read the reviews and hard to believe the people who judge. Shame on you!
  • My Cross to Bear

    5
    By Jennifer Reader
    Great story!
  • Poorly written, egotistical, amazingly boring

    2
    By bmullin
    I've been a fan of the music for 20 years, but was dubious that his life story would be interesting, especially after hearing him interviewed on Howard Stern (was a man of few words, and the interview was remarkably boring, which on Stern is pretty rare). But on a recent summer trip, I went ahead and bought the hard cover book in the airport thinking it would be good beach reading material. I actually like him (and what little I knew about him) less after reading it. First of all, the writing is terrible. The word "man" is used every 15 words, almost like this book was transcribed from a taped interview - ie "Man, I was messed up something fierce on coke, man. It was a sight, and I ain't never got no better for some time." Thats not a direct quote, but be prepared for TONS of this sort of reading. Second of all, everyone's crazy but him - after reading about how the sixth wife was crazy and he had zero responsibility for failed marriages and unwanted children, his narcissism really started to shine through. Third, they give almost zero insight into how the music was written. He must cover their biggest hits in three sentences - "I went to the ranch and wrote Dreams, Whipping Post and One Way Out. Man, those songs were something else." Nothing else. That's the insight - he went away and wrote them. So not only is it filled with bragging, stories of female conquest and drug abuse, but he manages to make it boring on top of it. You'd have to be a pretty die hard Allman fan to find this book fascinating.

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