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My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear

Gregg Allman
William Morrow
400 pages
$27.99

“Gregg Allman didn’t sell his soul to the devil. But if he had, the transaction would probably rate just a paragraph toward the back of his new memoir, My Cross to Bear, sandwiched between an ode to motorcycles and a two-sentence account of his fourth marriage. The Southern blues-rocker, who’s played off and on with the Allman Brothers Band since 1969, has experienced many born-under-a-bad-sign moments. His story includes overdoses, emergency surgeries and rehab stints; six wives and five children (not necessarily from his marriages); and myriad suicides, murders and fatal crashes. As fans know well, older brother Duane died in a motorcycle wreck in 1971, and bassist Berry Oakley perished the same way at almost the same spot a year later. Cynics might say this is routine rock-bio stuff. The weird thing is that Allman seems to agree.”

— Mark Perkins, The Washington Post

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