I am proud to announce that St. Martin’s will be publishing a greatly expanded hardcover version of One Way Out: An Oral History of the Allman Brothers Band in March, 2014, to coincide with the band’s 45th anniversary. The book will be up to 5 times longer than the original Ebook version and far more in-depth. The entire design, including the cover will be new.
I have been working furiously for the past six months, crafting what I hope will be the ultimate word on the greatest band in rock history. Since the publication of the Ebook, I have interviewed the following, some several times: Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Chuck Leavell, Johnny Sandlin, Jonny Podell, Bert Holman, Mike Lawler, David Goldflies, Kim Payne, 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, John Scher, Kirk West, John McEuen and Johnny Neel.
I have also taken a few trips to Macon and done some great research in the Big House Museum archives.
I’m not quite ready to share who is writing the Foreword, but it’s a band member and it’s going to be great.
The book will also include at least 50 photographs, including many never-before-seen images. I am still working out rights and details, so can’t get more specific at this time, but the book will feature great work by great artists.
I have taken the current Ebook version of One Way Out down, to clear the plate for what is to come. 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.
The Big in China movie deal has been finalized and signed and a screenplay is being written. Ivan Reitman will produce and direct and the script looks great so far.
The Panda Dad also remains in the news, most recently with a Father’s Day appearance on CNN Sunday Morning.
Big In China is a memoir of my three-and-a-half years in Beijing, raising three American kids and traveling the country with them and then fronting Woodie Alan, a blues band with three fantastic Chinese musicians. We toured the country, were voted Beijing Band of the Year and recorded a CD, which has earned praise from the Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and other musical luminaries.
Big in China, which captures this exciting, tumultuous time, has been optioned by Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures, with Reitman himself signed on to direct. Click here to learn more.
The Bookish Reading club recommends Big in China - and I will come speak to your book club. Click “Contact Me” and drop me a line if you’re interested. I was also proud to be the first man featured on Expat Women, with this really nice piece.
Thank you to everyone who has come to hear me read or perform since Big in China’s release, or purchased Big in China in any format – hardcover, Kindle, Nook, audio book. It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you and hearing your own stories. If you are still on the fence, please click here to read an excerpt or scroll to the bottom to watch a video about the book.
USA TODAY, the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Book Page, Library Review and Booklist have run positive reviews. See them here. Click here to listen to me on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show, or here to hear me on NPR’s The Story.
I truly appreciate your interest in my book and my story. Please help keep the momentum going. If you like the video below, please share it with friends, by email, Facebook, Twitter or carrier pigeon. Thanks again and please drop me a line any time. I hope to hear from you soon.