Early praise for One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band: Warren Haynes: “No one knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.”
“Moving… exhaustive. Its alternating-voices format lays the band’s mottled history out with a convincing sense of how its triumphs and hard times were wholly interwoven. The book’s virtue is the way its democratic ethos mirrors that of the Allmans’ racially integrated, communal aspect: The roadies play nearly as large a part in the story as the band members themselves.”
-The New York Times Book Review, recommended summer reading list
“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.” – Rolling Stone 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.
“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 – Read the Guitar World review of One Way Out here.
“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.
“‘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.”-Orlando Sentinel read the review here
“With this fine work, Alan Paul accomplishes the admirable feat of delving the depths of the Allman Brothers, a great aggregation of talent and artistry. He puts together the sweeping picture of how these gifted individuals with their special Southern stylishness created something utterly unique to the world. Rock on.” —Billy F Gibbons, ZZ Top
“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
Farber’s full ABB roundup here: http://nydn.us/1n3q0bC
“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 first, rather salacious story 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.” http://bit.ly/1fq5Aoc __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “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 – Read the entire Publishers Weekly review here.
“Alan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single-level storyline used by other writers who have attempted telling the Allman Brothers Band’s story. He gets right to the hows and whys that give his narrative real substance. Enjoy and become enlightened.”
—Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member, the Allman Brothers Band
“The author doesn’t pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive.” You can read the entire Kirkus review here.
“I was struck by the similarities between the Doors and Allman Brothers, especially in our origins – the Eureka moment of certainty amidst a jam. Alan lets the people who were actually there tell the story and I couldn’t put it down. Great read!” -Robby Krieger, The Doors
“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.” Read the entire All About Jazz review here._
“If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul.” -Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band
“If you want to know the entire story of the Allman Brothers Band, there is only one book to read, and that book is One Way Out.” -John Lynskey, Hittin’ the Note magazine
“Alan Paul’s One Way Out is a brilliantly detailed all-access pass to the Allman Brothers Band. Using his numerous personal interviews with the band members themselves—both past and present—as well as an almost endless entourage of friends, family members, roadies, managers, promoters, booking agents, record label executives, and fellow musicians, Alan Paul has successfully created the definitive ABB biography.” -Randy Poe, author of Skydog: The Duane Allman Story
“Perhaps no music journalist has written as extensively about the Allman Brothers Band as Paul, who has tracked the rock group’s career for 25 years. And his deep familiarity with the band and its music shows everywhere in this fluid account. Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band’s loyal fan base.” –Booklist, starred review
“Like a master bandleader, Alan Paul orchestrates a bluesy, jazzy, rocking chorale of voices telling the tale of a brotherhood under stress and a band who got what they hardly realized they wanted, lost what they had and fought a decades-long struggle to get it back.” -Charles Shaar Murray, author of Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop and Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker
“Paul’s One Way Out is a fresh, intelligently arranged, and satisfyingly complete telling of the lengthy (and unlikely) history of the group that almost singlehandedly brought rock up to a level of jazz-like sophistication and virtuosity, introducing it as a medium worthy of the soloist’s art. Oral histories can be tricky things: either penetrating, delivering information and backstories that get to the heart of how timeless music was made. Or too often, they lie flat on the page, a random retelling of repeated facts and reheated yarns. I’m happy to say that Paul’s is in that first category.” -Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, and other music titles.
“Alan Paul is one of America’s foremost experts on the Allman Brothers Band. For the past 20 years, he has written informative, comprehensive articles on the band, and he truly understands the essence of their significance. It’s great to see him release this chronicle.” -E.J. Devokaitis Curator / Archivist, The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House