A few RADIO highlights:

•Macon NPR interviewed me for a Macon-centric profile that came off really well.

•WNYC’s Soundcheck Guide to the Allman Brothers…featuring me.

This includes not only a lengthy interview with me guiding host John Schaefer through the Allman Brothers music, as well as a full page write up.

•A nice one with Paul Harris of the nationally syndicated American Weekend.


“This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving band members get to have their say.” – RS review

“Alan Paul’s just-published biography, One Way Out, is a thorough account of the group’s birth, several implosions and multiple resurrection.” – David Fricke, in his ABB overview.

“‘One Way Out’ is definitive Allman Brothers biography
The future of the Allman Brothers Band looks tenuous, with the recent … oral history in “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.”     Read the full review here

“The stories are salty, unfiltered and straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s a good thing, too, because the Allmans’ story is often so bizarre and harrowing it’s hard to believe it’s true. The word ‘definitive’ gets tossed around so often it has lost some of its meaning, but this 400-page journey into the heart of rock and roll darkness deserves the accolade.”        

-Brad Tolinski, Guitar World Editor in Chief

You can read the entire Guitar World review of One Way Out here.


“Though enough tomes have been published about the Allmans’ troubled history to deforest half of Brazil, only Paul’s book gets all the principal figures assessing and confessing. However open and moving Gregg Allman’s autobio from 2012 may have been, Paul’s book gives a much fuller picture of the dynamics that drive every member — including why guitarist Dickey Betts remains so vexing.” – Jim Farber, NY Daily News, as part of this excellent  ABB roundup.

“The Allman Brothers have survived it all: murder, bloody mayhem, tragic deaths, and epic addictions. Still, the band plays on.  A new book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, by Alan Paul, lays it all bare as the band readies for its annual, usually sold out, run at the Beacon Theater. This year marks the 45th anniversary of ABB. Paul, a senior editor at Guitar World, has interviewed the band hundreds of times. The trust he’s built up with the Southern rockers and their confederates is obvious in this oral history, as everyone still alive tells their side of the story.”

 Read the entire, rather salacious, story here.


“Paul catches up with the legendary band in this entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers. Duane’s ghost haunts the book.”

Publishers Weekly

“Considering the band’s operatic dimension — unspeakable tragedy, personal division, drug addiction, perseverance — it is a wise decision by the author to let its many members and sidekick crew have the floor to themselves.”
– The Atlanta Journal Constituion Read the entire review here. 
“…the vision of the late Duane Allman was for a musical means of free expression—of the blues, of race and revolution, and of brotherhood. Paul’s One Way Out excels in encouraging and presenting that same freedom of expression when the subject in focus is the band itself.”

“The author doesn’t pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive.”

-Kirkus Reviews

“Paul’s story of the Allman Brothers Band is a conversation among friends, a relaxed account of a band with more than its share of stories told. He  lists an Allman Brothers who’s who interviewed, many who are no longer living… Alan Paul has succeeded admirably capturing the family flavor of the Allman Brothers band, providing a readable narrative that is both enjoyable and informative.”


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A sampling of some of the Big in China press I’ve received:
•My segment on the great Leonard Lopate show on WNYC radio. This one was a special treat, as I have been listening to Lenny for years.
•American Public Radio’s The Story featured the unlikely tale of Woodie Alan.
•TAE Pittsburgh Business Radio. Great interview.
Emotional Pro Radio interview.

The Portland Oregonian. I like this one a lot.
Shanghai City Weekend, which hails Eli as an expat sage for his keen understanding of the pain of constantly saying goodbye to friends.
•Many more here on the Reviews page, including USA Today. You can also see the USA Today review, part of a rounfup righ here.
•Recommendations from China-based Westerners are particularly meaningful to me. for obvious reasons. Here are a few noteworthy ones: The China Beat and Jottings From the Granite Studio, the latter a blog I have long followed and considered particularly insightful about China..

•A nice piece in the mighty China Daily.
WSJ China Real Time blog interview. My most honest answer ever about being a male trailing spouse.
•Lisa Belkin, of the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, picked up on Panda Dad and gave it a big boost.
My first-person account of the unlikely formation and rise of the Woodie Alan Band, from the WSJ Weekend section.
•I had a great, great appearance in April in Pittsburgh and got some great local coverage. Here’s the Post Gazette. Love the true headline: “Big in China author proud of local roots”
•And the Pittsburgh Tribune Review wrote a really nice piece, as well. Interview here. 
•A very nice early profile on
One of the most in-depth thoughtful pieces you will read about me or Big in China, on
•Oakland, Ca’s East Bay Express.
•Local Press abounds here: “Coffee With….” on Baristanet.
•Two cool mentions on the prominent book blog, The Book Case.

•A unique Southern Rock perspective on the book from Swampland.
The Global Times visited me in my house.
Beijing Kids magazine interview is here.
“Ultimate Cage mrch: Tiger Mom Vs. Panda Dad” – on the Jade Luck Club site.
An interview on the great Chinese basketball site, Niubball.
A really nice piece on Expat Women – I’m proud to be the first man featured on this site!
•Expat Living 101 looks at Big in China.
•A really nice interview on the blog,
Panda Dad on CNN Sunday Morning Sunday June 17 – Father’s Day:

•I am blogging at the Huffington Post. Here are two interesting pieces:
Why Reading My Audio Book was a Remarkable Experience. 
Being a Fu Man Jew. What it mean to me be a Jew in China.
*Embrace the Chaos! My parenting thoughts on

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