Searching for the Man Behind the Legend: Galadrielle Allman on Her Father Duane

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The original Allman Brothers Band, as pictured on the cover of 1971's "Live At The Fillmore East"

Galadrielle Allman, daughter of Allman Brothers founder Duane Allman, was just two years old when her father was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman is about one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a daughter searching for her father in the memories and stories of those who knew him.

Galadrielle Allman said her mother would answer questions about Duane, but wouldn’t talk about him freely. Allman always wanted to find out who Duane was beyond the mythical stories others told of him. “I think he’s a fascinating character. I think the music is so deep and emotional that I really wanted to know the man. All of the stories about him sort of described him as a genius, that lightning had struck when he picked up the guitar,” Allman said. “I didn’t have a sense of him as who he was as a person or what kind of parent he could have been or what was driving him. I always had those questions."