One Way Out is a NY Times Instant Best Seller

by AlanPaul on March 6, 2014

Thank you everyone who helped One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band become a New York Times Instant Best Seller. I am humbled and honored to announce that the book debuted in its first week tied for ninth on the Hardcover Non-Fiction List.

I thought all along that I was tapping into something bigger than most others realized, but I was not certain that I was not delusional.

My goal was nothing less than the ultimate word on the greatest band in rock history and I am deeply appreciative of the feedback that indicates I may just have pulled it off, via  reader emails and the reviews – in newspapers, magazines, blogs and by regular readers like you on Amazon and Barnes and

I wanted to share one email I received from a svery pseical reader: john Cowan, the great bassist and singer for New Grass Revival and the doobie Brothers, among many other great outfits.

I have never met John and had no previous contact with him. His manager reccomended he read One Way Out. He did so, then wrote me the following email. Hard to describe how meaningful this is to me.

John Cowan here. Well I finished it. What a triumph for you and all of us dedicated “Brother” fans. I literally read it every spare moment I had since starting it. This book is so revelatory and constructed in such a fashion that I really can’t thank you enough.

It’s just so nice to have such insight and access to the band with no bullshit axe grinding or tattle-tailing. I hope the guys in the band are pleased, they should be. Anyone of us that has made a life in the music business would be lucky to have a smart, well-“spoken”, thoughtful advocate like yourself. 

The truth is about New Grass Revival that Sam & I, especially in the ’70’s version of the band were using the Allmans as our template. We absolutely consciously were trying to do with Bluegrass what the Allmans were doing to the blues, which is put our own honest, personal, contemporary spin on the whole deal. Though it pissed a lot of people off and we never scaled the heights the Allmans did, I know I take a lot of personal satisfaction in the effort we made.

One of the things the book reminded of time and again is that we are supposed to create for the sole (soul) experience of creativity. Anything else is sometimes icing on the cake and sometimes just shit on our shoes.

Thank you again,
John C

And just so you know who John is… check this out:



Frank Fenter Honored By The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

by AlanPaul on September 27, 2014

Frank Fenter Honored By The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame    

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1936 – 1983

Frank Fenter co-founder of Macon’s Capricorn Records
to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame
October 11th, 2014

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Frank Fenter was born in South Africa, in 1936. He majored in drama at college in South Africa and planned to pursue an acting career. In 1958 Frank immigrated to London to further his dream.

Music was always a big part of Frank’s life and in London he became involved in the music business, he first booked groups into the music and club scene, then joined Chapell Music Publishing and later Frank headed ARC/Chess Music.

In 1966, Mr. Fenter became Head of Atlantic Records in the United Kingdom and within six months, was at Atlantics’ helm for all of Europe. Under his leadership, Frank Fenter helped sign and launch the careers of YES, Led Zeppelin, and King Crimson, making Atlantic the most important US label in promoting British Rock N Roll music to the world.

In 1967, Frank Fenter brought Atlantics’ R & B artists, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and Carla Thomas to Europe in the renowned “Hit the Road Stax” tour of 1967, which was important in crossing over Otis Redding to a white mainstream audience; it was further helped when Fenter suggested to Atlantic Record’s producer, Tom Dowd, to record the live European tour with the majority of the recordings released to critical and commercial success.

In 1969, Frank Fenter went on to become a co-founder and partner in Capricorn Records, the new label introduced “Southern Rock” and launched the careers of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, The Marshall Tucker Band and Elvin Bishop among others, into commercial prominence and making Capricorn Records one of the most successful independent record companies in America.

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A (pretty damn good) interview with Paul Westerbeg

September 22, 2014

In honor the Replacements’ recent reunion shows, I present to you this interview with Paul Westerberg. I would have loved to go see them in Queens Friday night, but I had my own gig going on. The Replacements were a very important band to me. I saw them in September, 1984, at the late and lamented Joe’s […]

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Happy Birthday B.B. King: An appreciation and personal history

September 16, 2014

B.B. King turns 89 today. Happy birthday Mr. King. Three years ago, I took my son Jacob, then 13, to see B at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair. I wanted Jacob to see him, and he had a truly memorable experience. When Jacob went up front to take a picture, he was standing right in […]

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The time I interviewed James Brown about Say It Loud and I’m Black and I’m Proud

September 4, 2014

In 1999, Guitar World devoted an entire issue to the 30th anniversary of 1969, which we proclaimed the greatest year in rock. I wrote the histories of several landmark albums, including James Brown’s Say It Loud (I’m Black And I’m Proud). The best part of the entire project by a long shot was interviewing the great man […]

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RIP Brian Farmer, another good man gone too soon.

August 26, 2014

Warren Haynes’ longtime and much beloved guitar tech Brian Farmer died Sunday August 24, at his home near Nashville.  Farmer died peacefully in his sleep. He was 53. “He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life,” says Haynes. “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences-mostly while laughing. […]

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An interview with John Fogerty

August 23, 2014

I interviewed John Fogerty last year for the Wall Street Journal in advance of three shows he played at the Beacon. We spoke a lot longer than I could come close to capturing in that piece. A more extensive Q&A ran in Hittin the Note magazine. Here it is . •• It’s a bit overwhelming […]

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The full text of Amazon’s George Orwell letter

August 10, 2014

New York Times reporter David Streitfield has been covering the Amazon/Hachette dispute since it began. He has an interesting, humorous take on the latest development – a rather odd and clearly misguided George Orwell reference. Money quote: The retailer argues that people against e-books are against the future, and talks about how the book industry hated […]

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Checking in with the North Mississippi All Stars

August 7, 2014

I’ll be hanging out with the Dickinson brothers in a couple of weeks at Butch Trucks’ Roots Rock Revival. Great guys, great band, great spirit. This story originally ran in Relix. It’s soundcheck at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing Arts Center and the North Mississippi All Stars are working out a new instrumental written by […]

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One Way Out excerpt: The recording of At Fillmore East

August 5, 2014

In honor of the release of the expanded The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, I present the following excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is a partial, very abridged version of Chapter 8. To read the full story of the making of At Fillmore East, pick up a copy of One Way […]

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That infamous interview with Duane Allman

July 31, 2014

On December 3, 1970, Duane Allman sat for an infamous interview with Dave Herman of New York’s WABC. Why was it infamous? Well, he was pretty hopped up and he said some crazy stuff, and some not-so-nice things about being a husband and father. But it’s fascinating thing for fans and biographers alike. Have a […]

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