Definitive oral history weaves ups, downs, all arounds
One Way Out
By Alan Paul
Hardcover, 464 pages ($29.95, St. Martin’s Press)
A sweeping, sprawling oral history of one of American rock music’s seminal acts, this definitive biography covers the Allman Brothers Band’s entire four-decade career, from its origins in 1969 to today, with exclusive interviews from more than 60 sources, including all surviving members. The author, a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and a longtime band insider, interweaves colorful anecdotes with revealing insights, covering the group’s inner workings, trials, tribulations, ups, downs and all arounds, and the legacy of songs like “Whipping Post,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Statesboro Blues” and dozens of others. Founding group members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, whose rock-solid dual drumming became one of the Allman’s sonic signatures, anchor the book with a foreward and afterword.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine