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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 10:55 AM
I got this book for Xmas from a friend and am really enjoying it. It fills in a great deal of the blanks on the band. I am sure most people on this site have read the book but i am finding it fascinating.
 
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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 11:04 AM
I bought the book when it first came out. It has some inaccuracies, but overall i still think it is a good book...

And for so many years, it's all we had

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 12:06 PM
Gregg Allman has been opening up a lot lately, at least for him. Is there an autobiography
in his future? I wonder if he could bear to be as honest as Keef.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 12:17 PM
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I wonder if he could bear to be as honest as Keef.


I doubt it, I doubt anybody would other than Keef for that matter......what a great read Life was.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 12:26 PM
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Gregg Allman has been opening up a lot lately, at least for him. Is there an autobiography
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If remembered correctly he was indeed working on his own biography with lots of help from Kirk West but this "work in progress" was therefor shelved.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 01:10 PM
"Midnight Riders" was a good read. I don't think the band liked it. Butch has stated that it was basically a compilation of newspaper stories. I'm sure that there some inaccuracies, but I think a lot of it hit a little too close to home for comfort.

Ray Charles actually "saw" the pre-release for his bio-pic. He signed off on it warts and all. I think that's the way it should be. It might even be therapeutic for the band to read a no-holds barred account of their past. The truth ain't always pretty.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 01:47 PM
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I wonder if he could bear to be as honest as Keef.


I doubt it, I doubt anybody would other than Keef for that matter......what a great read Life was.


I loved Keef's book. The only other autobiography I've read that was as honest as Life, is Etta James' book Rage to Survive.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 02:04 PM
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"Midnight Riders" was a good read. I don't think the band liked it. Butch has stated that it was basically a compilation of newspaper stories. I'm sure that there some inaccuracies, but I think a lot of it hit a little too close to home for comfort.

Ray Charles actually "saw" the pre-release for his bio-pic. He signed off on it warts and all. I think that's the way it should be. It might even be therapeutic for the band to read a no-holds barred account of their past. The truth ain't always pretty.


I know Gregg, in particular, hates it. Called it Nat'l Enquirer BS in an interview last year.

Read it when it first came out, as well as the response on the old site, going so far as to say it
was a "story" and nothing more.

But like Rusty said, it read more like the compilation of stories it came from. As I recall, most of the
"stories" came from interviews with the surviving 4 in the mid 80's. Then again, it could've been worse
and been a "Hammer of the Gods" story.

Currently reading Keith's book. Very good so far.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 02:31 PM
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"Midnight Riders" was a good read. I don't think the band liked it. Butch has stated that it was basically a compilation of newspaper stories. I'm sure that there some inaccuracies, but I think a lot of it hit a little too close to home for comfort.

Ray Charles actually "saw" the pre-release for his bio-pic. He signed off on it warts and all. I think that's the way it should be. It might even be therapeutic for the band to read a no-holds barred account of their past. The truth ain't always pretty.


I know Gregg, in particular, hates it. Called it Nat'l Enquirer BS in an interview last year.

Read it when it first came out, as well as the response on the old site, going so far as to say it
was a "story" and nothing more.

But like Rusty said, it read more like the compilation of stories it came from. As I recall, most of the
"stories" came from interviews with the surviving 4 in the mid 80's. Then again, it could've been worse
and been a "Hammer of the Gods" story.

Currently reading Keith's book. Very good so far.


I've always thought Scott Freeman did a nice job with Midnight Riders. As John (Bluedad) said, for a long time it was all we had. True, and it is still the most complete story of the ABB (although now missing 15 years of the story, obviously).

I know the guys in the band and people associated with the band gave it a bad rap. Well, if they wanted the real story written or wanted it to be more accurate they should have made themselves available to a guy who cared enough and was enough of a fan to write their story. I think he did a heck of a job with the resources he had. Even if the band made themselves available they would have all remembered things differently and in their own light anyways. As Steven Tyler said last night "...we could say the same thing but we still wouldn't agree."

I find it funny that some fans give it a hard time, I mean what is not to like? A comprehensive book about your favorite band written through the eyes of a music lover and musician. My thought is some people figure that if the band doesn't like it then they shouldn't like it either?! Doesn't make much sense to me.

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 03:11 PM
i am well into the book and having read the replies to the post, i wonder how Gregg and Dickey would differ on what was written in the book. While i think as someone said there might be a few inaccuracies, i think a book from a non-member perspective probably is alot closer to the truth based on the time period and friction of the band during that period.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 03:14 PM
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i am well into the book and having read the replies to the post, i wonder how Gregg and Dickey would differ on what was written in the book. While i think as someone said there might be a few inaccuracies, i think a book from a non-member perspective probably is alot closer to the truth based on the time period and friction of the band during that period.


Right. Two drivers in the same car wreck offer two different stories. Sometimes, you have to go with the third-party witness!

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 04:33 PM
The parts of the book I may have enjoyed the most were the detailed reviews of the music and albums. Freeman's take and description of the music has only enhanced my appreciation for the ABB's music.

I've read it a couple of times and I couldn't put it down when I started it. I first read it about a year after it came out. I'd love to get him to update it with the last 15 years documented, but if they had trouble agreeing on the events/causes/people in the first 25 years, you'd have even less agreement (and cooperation) now.

I think it's a very good book.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 06:39 PM
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I'm sure that there some inaccuracies, but I think a lot of it hit a little too close to home for comfort.


Yeah, I gotta believe this is pretty right on....
Enjoyed the book...

 

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The parts of the book I may have enjoyed the most were the detailed reviews of the music and albums. Freeman's take and description of the music has only enhanced my appreciation for the ABB's music.

I've read it a couple of times and I couldn't put it down when I started it. I first read it about a year after it came out. I'd love to get him to update it with the last 15 years documented, but if they had trouble agreeing on the events/causes/people in the first 25 years, you'd have even less agreement (and cooperation) now.

I think it's a very good book.

Make sure you check the bibliography for where a large part of the books content came from.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 10:41 PM
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I got this book for Xmas from a friend and am really enjoying it. It fills in a great deal of the blanks on the band. I am sure most people on this site have read the book but i am finding it fascinating.


There have been a lot of threads about it. I know the band members don't like it but I thought it was a great way to fill in a lot of the gaps despite some inaccuracies. And the author clearly reveres the band. It needs to be updated, however, as it ends in 1994 and there is certainly a lot more to the story since then.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2011 at 10:42 PM
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Gregg Allman has been opening up a lot lately, at least for him. Is there an autobiography
in his future? I wonder if he could bear to be as honest as Keef.


He has claimed to be working on one for years. I have my doubts as to the quality of his memory.

 

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