“No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.”
St. Martin’s will be publishing a greatly expanded hardcover version of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band on February 18, 2014, to coincide with the band’s 45th anniversary. My goal is nothing less than the ultimate word on the greatest band in rock history.
The first two reviews are already in. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers.” Booklist says, ”Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band’s loyal fan base.”
The book includes interviews with almost 60 people, including all surviving members, from founders Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe to Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell and Derek Trucks as well as many, many other friends, associates and managers, including four of the five people who have overseen the band’s career: the late Phil Walden, John Scher, Danny Goldberg and Bert Holman, who has managed the ABB since 1991. Along with Walden, One Way Out also features interviews with the now-deceased Tom Dowd and Allen Woody.
Other interviewees include: Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Johnny Sandlin, Stephen Paley, W. David Powell, Rick Hall, Bunky Odom, Don Law, Michael Caplan, Col. Bruce Hampton, Mama Louise Hudson, John, Scoots and AJ Lyndon, Linda Oakley, Kirk West, John McEuen, Jon Landau and many others.
Drummers and ABB founding members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe wrote the Foreword and Afterword respectively. One Way Out will also feature almost 150 photographs including many never-before-seen images by Danny Clinch, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston and Stephen Paley. Uniquely, it also features almost 100 images taken by ABB road managers Twiggs Lyndon and Kirk West. I’m very proud of the art, having worked to make it as strong as the words.
I am incredibly excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with you all. Thanks for the interest and stay tuned for updates.
“If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul.” -Oteil Burbridge