Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Galadrielle AllmanMy father is killed in the first paragraph of every article ever written about him. His life story backward, always beginning at the end, in the road, his motorcycle down, his body broken. People linger over the wreckage as if it says something meaningful about his life.
Galadrielle was two years old when her father died and this is her effort to discover the man who was her father. Can you ever really connect with someone youve never met and never will meet? Using research, discussions with family members and those who worked/played with her father she pieces together his early life and career. Not always a good guy, Allman was relentlessly driven to improve as a musician and in the process improved those who played alongside him. For me, its hard to top those first 3 or 4 Allman Brothers records- rock, country and jazz fused together for a powerful sound.
Usually I enjoy listening to the audiobook when read by the author and while I enjoyed parts of her narration it was uneven at times. At points in the story it was if she was reciting a list of facts without much emotion and since she wouldnt have remembered those times it is understandable but not all that moving. There are some moments when she really connects to her own emotions and in those moments the book really soars.
Why does everyone always want to count the days we spent together? Havent you ever been in love? Dont you know how important every moment is? How infinite time feels?
Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman
In a quest to learn the true nature of the parent she never knew—the famed guitarist died when the author was but two years old—Galadrielle Allman illuminates the passionate contradictions of the founder of the iconic Southern rockers in such a way she also shines a clarifying light on the extended family as well. She does so in a vibrant way that renders visceral the emotional highs and lows of the germination of the band and the growth of its community. Galadrielle Allman writes her story in such a disciplined manner, she restrains herself from digressions that would reflect poorly on her subjects and herself and the focus she applied to rendering her five years of research is all too evident as the book evolves. Each event elevated him to a greater passion for music, his understanding of which, and curiosity about, grows exponentially each year. September 27, am. June 20, am. December 8, am.
Once I saw this book listed on, I knew that I had to read it. Although I am not familiar with all of the Allman Brothers Band material, as a fan of rock music from that era I am familiar with many of Galadrielle Allman. 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.
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A Song for My Father, Duane Allman
When I met Galadrielle Allman years ago through a mutual friend, I was surprised to learn that this woman with watchful, curious eyes, living quietly in a north Berkeley, Calif. She seemed more like a graduate student at the nearby University of California. For as long as I've known her, Allman has wanted to write a book about her father, co-founder of the Allman Brothers and considered by Rolling Stone magazine to be the second greatest rock guitarist of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix. But she was hesitant to tell family secrets. Delving into her past also made her feel less like his daughter, and more like one of his curious fans. She writes, "It confounds me that I am not alone in loving him and missing him. Wasn't asking my uncle for his memories very like a stranger asking for his autograph?