Please Be With Me

Please Be With Me

A Song for My Father, Duane Allman

eBook - 2014
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-- Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother's arms. Playing was her father--Duane Allman, who would become one of the most influential and sought-after musicians of his time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-four. His daughter was two years old. Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, and when she did, she began to ask for stories--from family, fellow musicians, friends--and they began to flow. Galadrielle Allman's memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others. -- -- The most moving music biography I've ever read. "This story invites us to savor our own secret intersection of nostalgia and emotional mercy, and it feels very, very good to have soulful, elegant From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781588369604
1588369609
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: -- Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother's arms. Playing was her father--Duane Allman, who would become one of the most influential and sought-after musicians of his time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-four. His daughter was two years old. Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, and when she did, she began to ask for stories--from family, fellow musicians, friends--and they began to flow. Galadrielle Allman's memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others. -- -- The most moving music biography I've ever read. "This story invites us to savor our own secret intersection of nostalgia and emotional mercy, and it feels very, very good to have soulful, elegant From the Hardcover edition.

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Jeffsuke
Apr 07, 2016

Best read after reading Gregg Allman's book. It is well researched and well written.
Rock biographys have a tendency to be superficial, this is an exception.
The fact it is written by Duane's daughter and her journey to know her father gives it a weight not found in others.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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AmyEighttrack
Apr 27, 2014

I liked this book a lot. Galadrielle did a fantastic job of evoking an interesting, surprisingly rounded picture of Duane's life. For me, it's also an exploration into what it means to have the musical muse. It tells the story of those on the 'periphery', how their lives were impacted - and what it means to lose a parent at such an early age.

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