St. Martin’s is publishing One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band on February 18, 2014, to coincide with the band’s 45th anniversary. Author Alan Paul’s goal is nothing less than the ultimate word on the greatest band in rock history.
Publisher’s Weekly calls One Way Out ”an entertaining, compulsively readable oral history.”
Booklist says, ”Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band’s loyal fan base.”
The book includes interviews with almost 60 people, including all surviving members, from founders Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe to Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell and Derek Trucks as well as many other friends, associates and managers, including four of the five people who have overseen the band’s career: the late Phil Walden, John Scher, Danny Goldberg and Bert Holman, who has managed the ABB since 1991. One Way Out also features interviews with the now-deceased Tom Dowd, Allen Woody, Red Dog and Mike Callahan.
Other interviewees include: Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Johnny Sandlin, Stephen Paley, W. David Powell, Rick Hall, Bunky Odom, Don Law, Michael Caplan, Col. Bruce Hampton, Mama Louise Hudson, John, Scoots and AJ Lyndon, Linda Oakley, Kirk West, John McEuen, Jon Landau and many others.
Drummers and ABB founding members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe wrote the Foreword and Afterword respectively. One Way Out will also feature almost 150 photographs including many never-before-seen images by Danny Clinch, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston and Stephen Paley. Uniquely, it also features almost 100 images taken by ABB road managers Twiggs Lyndon and Kirk West. I’m very proud of the art, having worked to make it as strong as the words.
“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
“If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul.” -Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
Author: Alan Paul
St. Martin’s Press