My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear

eBook - 2012
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For the first time, the author, a rock music icon, and one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career. 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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co., 2012
ISBN: 9780062112040
006211204X
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill., port., plate
Additional Contributors: Light, Alan
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Jun 29, 2017

After seeing Gregg interviewed by Tavis Smiley on PBS, I decided to read this book. Gregg lays all his cards on the table and tells you his incredible, amazing story. He's honest, straight forward, and tells it like it is. It's a miracle he made it through and survived all of it. He paid the price dearly. I'm impressed that he even bothered to try once more to get off the drugs and alcohol. His perseverance to finally get his act together is commendable. Gregg is very intelligent and has a great sense of humor. It's tough to read sometimes but very rewarding. I'm so glad I read it. One of the best, unforgettable rock autobiographies I've read. I donated my copy to a men's prison library in hopes it will inspire and help someone to lead a better life.

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Jeffsuke
Mar 30, 2016

Interesting account of Gregg Allman's life. He pulls no punches good and bad about himself.
Besides stories of the band and early days, it was a little light on the music except for his last release.
Written like he speaks, it feels like he is talking to you.
Unlike some reviews I am reviewing the book and not the man.
Average rock bio.
Strongly suggest you read the Galadrielle Allman book "Please Be With Me" right after this = for a fuller picture of the music and start of the Allman brothers.

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ManMachine
Aug 30, 2014

Meet Mr. Gregg "All"-"Man" (aka. Coyote Maximus, as he likes to call himself).

(Spoilers Ahead!)... In "My Cross To Bear", Coyote Maximus proudly beats his chest while boastfully claiming to be the biggest womanizer in the world. But, when asked if he had a chance to live life over again, he flatly stated that he would pass on that offer. (Duh!?)

At the age of 10, "All"-"Man" was already slapping girls around. And at 19 he deliberately shot himself in the foot to avoid serving his country in the military draft.

Throughout his over-long career as a marginally talented rock star, this self-loving jerk has had sex with underage girls, has fathered illegitimate children, was constantly drunk for the entire 1980-decade, and has had six failed marriages. (None of which lasted for more than a couple of years)

As I'm sure you can easily guess, Gregory-Dearest places full-blame for each of these marriages ending in ruin solely on the shoulders of these women (who were mostly starry-eyed gold-diggers) whom he got hitched to on a mere whim.

In regards to his marriage to Cher, Gregg more than once referred to her as "General Patton". And believing that "honesty-is-the-best-policy", actually told Cher that he really hated her singing-voice. (Ha! I can only imagine how Cher would've reacted to that one)

Repeatedly using "f-this/f-that" to punctuate just about every paragraph in this dead-end biography, this rock-n-roll airhead's mind is so pickled in alcohol that he believes in "karma", blindly convinced that he's led such a guilt-free life that there's no room in it for having even the slightest regrets about what he's done.

Ho-Hum!..... Que Sera, Sera!

davewex Oct 10, 2012

Was a great read for an Allman Brothers fan. I loved hearing the back stories on some of my favorite songs and truly regret not stopping in at the big house when visiting friends just a couple blocks away...talk about poor planning! Gregory always puts on an awsome live show, but sadly, I wonder for how long after seeing his interview on Conan for this book...he is looking quite frail.

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HopeButterfly
Aug 23, 2012

An honest look at the man, told by the man. :)

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21221012841539
Jul 31, 2012

Good book. Lots Of Duane stories.

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gfowler
Jul 18, 2012

Lucky man he lived to tell it all. Sex drugs and rock and roll makes a fascinating tale to tell. I dont know how he ;possibly remembered everything. Good reading for those interested in that genre of music.

melmae79 Jul 06, 2012

An amazingly honest look into the life of Gregg Allman.

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mekonsfreak
Jun 18, 2012

Interesting because Gregg has rarely talked about himself and his past in any depth. Frustrating because of the self-justification and downright dismissal he resorts to to explain some of his behavior. Frustrating also for the lack of thought put into it. In the same paragraph he complains about Dickey Betts "taking over the band", while he admits that he was so out of it that he was barely able to show up to gigs and perform. Any casual observer would be able to figure out the dynamic there. Disappointing.

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