Friday, May 20, 2011

Gregg Allman gets book deal

Ok, this is really getting out of hand: a high-profile rocker is getting a book deal pretty much every week now.

The latest is Gregg Allman, who has just confirmed an agreement to publish his memoir with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

One of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman will discuss, for the first time, the unflinching story of his life in music—from the Allman Brothers, to his solo career, to his string of failed marriages (the most publicized one to the entertainer Cher), to his struggles with drugs and alcohol, detailing his rocky path to becoming a member of classic rock royalty. From Gregg’s rough n’ tumble youth with his older brother Duane, to the formation of the band that would go on to change the sound of rock and roll, this music legend’s stories will be shared in the authentic and unforgettable voice of the man who lived them.

“When I got out of high school, I thought, I'll take a year or two off and play the clubs, get this out of my system, and then go to med school,” says Allman. “More than forty years later, I figure it’s finally time to write about this crazy journey that’s taken me around the world and back.”

Allman will open up about his decades plagued by substance abuse and his illness with Hepatitis C and his life-saving liver transplant in 2010.

From the beginning, the Allman Brothers were received with nearly universal praise from fans and critics alike, and yet at almost every turn, the band’s success was met by tragedy. What began with Duane Allman’s tragic death in a motorcycle accident continued when, a year later, bassist Berry Oakley was also killed on a motorcycle.

Allman’s memoir is scheduled for publication in spring 2012.

Gregg has plenty of live shows on his calendar for this year as he tours to promote “Low Country Blues,” his first solo album in 14 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album sees Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.

The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band – Whipping Post
Fillmore East– September 23, 1970

See also:

Gregg Allman talks Low Country Blues
VIDEO: Gregg Allman on A&E Private Sessions
VIDEO: Gregg Allman rocks Letterman