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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER GREGG ALLMAN TO PUBLISH HIS
MEMOIR WITH WILLIAM MORROW
New York, NY (May 23, 2011) – William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced an agreement to publish a memoir by rock icon Gregg Allman.
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.”
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 will open up about his decades plagued by substance abuse and his illness with Hepatitis C and his life-saving liver transplant in 2010.
World rights for the book were acquired by Senior Vice President Director of Creative Development Lisa Sharkey who said, “If ever there was a musician with a devoted fan base and an incredible life story to tell, Gregg Allman is the one. This memoir truly has it all.” The project is to be edited by Senior Editor Matt Harper and was brokered by Frank Weimann of The Literary Group and Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman. The book is scheduled for publication in spring 2012.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Gregg Allman continues to make music as a solo artist and tour with the Allman Brothers Band. This year, Allman released his first solo effort in 14 years, Low Country Blues, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at number 5. He lives in Georgia.
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