Multiples détails sur la naissance et la vie et aussi les drames de ce groupe appelé à devenir légendaire. La forme est agréable et originale : collection de multiples extraits d'interviews des membres ou des proches : producteurs, musiciens additionnels, roadies... Un anglais facile à lire... Un léger regret en tant que fan historique du groupe: le peu d'aspects techniques sur les jeux de guitares, les accordages, le matériel... En revanche c'est très bien sur la génèse des compositions et des arrangements.
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com (beta)
32 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
THE DEFINITIVE LOOK AT THE ABB FROM THE INSIDE18 février 2014
- Publié sur Amazon.com
"There's only one guy who can sing in this band, and that's my baby brother." Duane Allman. "There ain't no way because I can't get along with my brother in a band." Gregg Allman.
"You could feel the purity and the fire and intensity. This was music for music's sake." Col. Bruce Hampton.
"We don't wait for it to happen; we make it happen." Dickey Betts.
In a nutshell--this book is well worth your time and money. It's hard to imagine a more definitive look at the band and it's various members. Alan Paul has not only written about the ABB for 20+ years, but is also considered a friend of the band. He doesn't just tell stories about the band, he goes deeper into the "hows" and the "whys" behind the stories. Paul continually puts the reader right next to whomever is talking--no matter what the subject is. The casual conversational style of the book continually gives the reader the feel of being right there when someone is speaking.
"It was church, it was electrifying, it was inspiring." Butch Trucks.
"I'm no musical genius, but I have ears." Dickey Betts.
The book is laid out in a friendly, easy to read, chronological style that tells the entire story of the band. The many viewpoints about a particular point haven't been cleaned up, each person tells his side of the story which adds depth and interest, and that human touch of an oral history. The 35 chapters have been broken down into segments dealing with a particular event in the band's life. And it's refreshing to read viewpoints that aren't always in agreement. The book lays out the music, the drugs, the deaths, the legal matters, the split between Dickey Betts and the band, the recording of their many albums, the songs, and life on the road. But towering over all the ups and downs is the band's iron will to keep playing their music their way. While reading this book it brought back memories of experiencing the ABB live in full flight all those years ago. I was lucky enough to hear the band with Duane Allman (Fillmore West and my hometown) and without, and those times when Allman was on fire were pretty incredible. The book talks about the band being a brotherhood, and hearing them live you got that feel. Everyone was tuned in to everyone else--the slightest change in tempo and the entire band was on it--almost intuitively.
"A big part of the Allman Brothers music is a jazz approach to rock and blues, which seems to be a dying art." Allen Woody.
The book begins with a Prologue dealing quickly with the brother's early life. "We had chops up the a*s, but didn't have the originality thing down yet." Gregg Allman. But things really begin with Chapter 1, with the band beginning to take shape. From that point the band's career is looked at in the clear light, pull no punches style of the author. Paul has talked to band members, friends, family, music industry people, and others connected with the band. And he does it with a sensitivity combined with a dispassionate interviewer's style. Some of the other people who talk about the band include Rick Hall, Jon Landau, John Hammond, Jr., Linda Oakley, Phil Walden, Red Dog, Tom Dowd, Bobby Whitlock, Bob Weir, Les Dudek, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and a number of others. And everyone helps tell the story from the beginning to the present. Of all the quotes in the book, the one person above all who really seemed to see it all--good and bad--was Jaimoe. His straightforward observations and comments go right to the heart of matters, no matter if he's talking about the various band members/line-ups, the music, the albums, the drugs, or about himself--good and bad--his comments are always a steadying factor throughout the book.
"All I want to do is leave a mark, that I was here. People will know Duane Allman was on this earth for a while." Duane Allman.
"Everyone has his role and that's what makes a band." Jaimoe.
"It's always been that the greatest music we played was from out of nowhere." Butch Trucks.
"After Duane died, a lot changed. Everyone wanted to be Duane, but no one knew how to do s*** except play music." Jaimoe.
Besides the 398 pages given over to the band's story, there's a Forward by Butch Trucks, an Afterword by Jaimoe, 4 pages of Acknowledgments, and a 10 page Appendix containing an "opinionated" discography. Plus there's two sections of b&w and color photos (including a great photo of a very young Derek Trucks onstage with Dickey Betts in 1991), plus more photos throughout the book, many of them showing the band just smokin' on stage. Even the book jacket is well done, using embossed lettering and a great early photo of the band. Plus, check out the end papers--a nice touch.
Also included are a number of sidebars that go into some detail about a particular point--"Double Trouble" ( the twin lead guitar approach), "Blue Suede" (Gregg Allman's singer-songwriter influences), "Sweet Melissa" (how the song came to be written), "The Big House" (the ABB house), and several others. Plus the various albums are discussed at some depth by various band members and others, shedding light onto this important and interesting part of the band's career. From the Hour Glass to the first ABB album, through the live Fillmore East album to "Layla", "Brothers And Sisters" to "Win, Lose Or Draw" and on into the band's other albums, there are comments and observations on each album and a number of the songs on those albums. Reading the band's comments on certain albums gives you a feel of being right there when they were recording.
"Warren was never really replacing a legend. A legend was killed over twenty years earlier, and that was the end of that. Nobody's gonna replace Duane. We were just going on to the next day." Dickey Betts.
"Warren gave us a lot of fire and energy." Jaimoe.
"I felt that the music was like a sacred trust and it couldn't be violated." Allen Woody.
"Derek's my brother's kid but I really can't explain him." Butch Trucks.
"I kind of did everything backwards." Derek Trucks.
"Our playing together is just so different live. There's an eye contact and body language thing we do with one another." Dickey Betts.
Ultimately the book is really about brotherhood--sticking together no matter what--from the early days when a pact was made around a campfire at Idlewild South, to the Fillmore West days with the band members each getting a mushroom tattoo to, in later years, talking out and putting aside differences that had split the band. After reading this book you'll come away with better insight into the band and their music.
"I still really like to play acoustic guitar, though me and electric guitar have parted ways. Those things scare me." Gregg Allman.
"Compared to every other band we'd ever been in, when someone falls, instead of talking about him or taking advantage of him, we'd pull him back up." Dickey Betts.
"Music is like the wind." Jaimoe.
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
Ok, the Allman Brothers Band...24 février 2014
Stephen E. DeCristofor
- Publié sur Amazon.com
I've read them all. All of the books published, liner notes, articles I could find for the past 44 years, and internet searches too. However I must say reading Alan Paul's book One Way Out is a joy to read and pulls it all together. Most of us old timers have heard or read the all of the war stories through the years but this fills in the blanks of the Allman Brothers story.
This is a real story of a bunch of young men figuring out their way through life with all of us on board to see and hear and of course read about.
Long strange trip indeed, to borrow a phrase. All the while making some of the most incredible music for my ears.
I no longer idolize these guys like I did in the seventies when I was young and naive. Not sure if I would even like some of them. However the constant is the music. That's what is it all about, in the beginning and now. Throughout all that they have been through in their lives the music has remained the dominant force. That is what I take away after reading this book.
Alan Paul you did a great job on this including all of the beauty and the blemishes of the Allman Brothers Band. Thank you for "getting it" as a lot of us ABB fanatics would say and putting this book out there for us to enjoy.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
Pleasantly surprised1 avril 2014
- Publié sur Amazon.com
I had previously read the Willie Perkins, Gregg Allman, and Chuck Leavell penned books about the band, so when I saw this book hit the shelves I didn't expect to learn a lot more about the band. Man was I wrong. A lot of the background of the ABB with Duane and Berry has been covered before, but the real gold mine in this book for me was the amount of material covered in the post Duane/Berry years. As someone who was first introduced to the ABB in the late 80's, I was especially thrilled to read the chapters that covered the '89-'13 era. The details provided by people like Jack Pearson, Jimmy Herring, Oteil, Marc Quinones, Derek, Warren, and others of that period in the band's history was riveting to me. Thanks to Alan Paul for delivering what I consider the most comprehensive book about the 45 year history of The Allman Brothers Band. It's a must read for any ABB fan.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
I'll use this a a reference book!12 mars 2014
- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
If you want to know about the Allman Brother Band direct from the mouths of those associated with them, this is your book. Wonderful insight and commentaries, not only on the band members, but also on their music. I read it with YouTube on hand to pull of videos of the time. Excellent.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
great book14 avril 2014
- Publié sur Amazon.com
A different look at a great band. Read Greg Allman's book to fill in some gaps. But a great history lesson.