My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman with Alan Light

92%

14 Critic Reviews

Life, love and music from one of the most influential American recording artists of the last 40 years.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. 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.
 

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One of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman has been making music for almost fifty years, and during that time he has recorded some of the most iconic songs in American rock. Inducted into of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, he continues to make music as a solo artist and tour with the Allman Brothers Band. He lives in Georgia.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by William Morrow. 561 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 01 2012

Life, love and music from one of the most influential American recording artists of the last 40 years.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Kirby on Jul 06 2012

My Cross to Bear” has all the earmarks of a text dictated by its subject and cleaned up by someone else, meaning it has too many ho-hum moments but also the charm of a real voice.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Jenkins on May 18 2012

“I’m not a judgmental person,” he claims. Actually, “My Cross to Bear” is full of judgments, they’re just not delivered with any passion. Rather than transcend his grudges, Allman seems simply to have lost the energy to sustain them.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Marco della Cava on Apr 30 2012

In the end, Allman comes across as a simple man who knows what and who he likes, and can't be bothered with the rest. Music is his "sextant, it keeps me on track."

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Soeder on May 29 2012

His candor makes for a compelling read, whether he's reliving his six marriages, including a star-crossed union to Cher in the 1970s, or his 2010 liver transplant.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on May 28 2012

''Cross to Bear'' has interesting things to say about racism and being a Southern rock band in the 1970s.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Farber on Jul 24 2012

In fact, Allman’s story...has sex, humor, gossip and, for true fans, terrific musical detail — enough to make this one of the best rock biographies I’ve ever read.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Lewis on May 16 2012

The Gregg Allman who comes through in My Cross to Bear is faithful enough to show his warts, and that makes him strangely sympathetic, if not entirely likable.

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GQ magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Tabatha Leggett on Jul 12 2012

Pausing to reflect on life as a member of one of America's most excessive rock groups...Gregg Allman sheds light on his struggles with drugs, his failed marriage to Cher....

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The Akron Beacon Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Howard Cohen on May 27 2012

The book’s tone is so open and engaging, My Cross to Bear could appeal even to readers whose knowledge of the band begins and ends with Ramblin’ Man.

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Critics At Large

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kidney on Jun 09 2012

My Cross To Bear is clearly told in Gregg Allman’s own words...Allman’s personality is easy-going with a strong sense of time and place.

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American Blues Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Jayme Palmgren on May 21 2012

My Cross to Bear is an enlightening and unapologetic look at the turbulent lifestyle and driving force behind the band.

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Jambands

Excellent
Reviewed by Larson Sutton on May 03 2012

In Allman’s case, there is a dignity in his candor, revealing a man carrying a lot of emotional weight, and not always is he up to the task. It is in this honesty that My Cross to Bear admirably and authentically tells all.

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Guitar International

Excellent
Reviewed by Arlene Weiss on May 13 2012

Throughout Allman’s moving and insightful narrative, he speaks with equal moments of reflective candor, wistful and pensive melancholy, and exuberant joy for the long, creative life journey that he has experienced.

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