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

Monday, March 10, 2014

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

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Galadrielle Allman

Comments [6]

Paul Price from Baltimore

Simply put, the Allman Brothers Band is " The Best Damn Band in the Land". Can't say how many concerts I've seen. The Allmans with the Grateful Dead, BB King, etc. Southern rock, Blues, Jazz fusion whatever you call it, the Allmans are still the BEST. A tighter group does not exist, even today with Warren and Derek the road goes on. Such a happy and unforgetable part of me and my friends lives. Never missed a show, a happening. "God Bless The Allman Brothers Band" and thank you, every member, of this timeless great band. Galadrielle, your book "Please Be With Me" is awesome, Duane would be proud of the thought and love you show. Lucky to have a daughter like you. I hope the Band lives on forever. Die Hard Fan Paul Price.

Apr. 22 2014 01:28 PM

Michelle Kath Sinclair (the daughter of guitarist Terry Kath of Chicago) also lost her father at a young age. In her case, her dad took his own life when put what he thought was an unloaded 9mm to his head and pulled the trigger.

Why does creativity and self-destruction seem to so frequently become allies? Or do we just not get to hear the stories of self-destruction in the less famous?

Mar. 12 2014 01:34 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All I know about the Allman Brother's band is that their greatest hit, "Jessica," remains my favorite and best rock n' roll guitar "rift" of all time. I once had it down to the very last not on my own guitar, but since then have gotten rusty. But to me, that guitar rift lifted my soul to stellar heights. However, my favorite guitarist of all time is Chet Atkins, the God of Guitar. But "Jessica" amy all-time favorite guitar rift.

Mar. 10 2014 01:50 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All I know about the Allman Brother's band is that their greatest hit, "Jessica," remains my favorite and best rock n' roll guitar "rift" of all time. I once had it down to the very last not on my own guitar, but since then have gotten rusty. But to me, that guitar rift lifted my soul to stellar heights. However, my favorite guitarist of all time is Chet Atkins, the God of Guitar. But "Jessica" amy all-time favorite guitar rift.

Mar. 10 2014 01:50 PM
Randi from Skillman

Are there any water bottles that are safe to drink from?

Mar. 10 2014 12:25 PM
hilts

Long Live the Allman Brothers Band!

Mar. 10 2014 10:32 AM

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