Please Be With Me, A Song For My Father, Duane Allman By Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, PLEASE BE WITH ME is a revelatory meditation on the impact of her father, the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Not only is this THE definitive biography, with never-before-seen stories, photos, and primary source interviews, it is also a touching and beautifully written story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.

It took her many years to accept that his story and his legacy is hers, so she began to ask for stories–from family, band mates, friends–and they began to flow. The result, as her uncle Gregg Allman says, is a “deep and insightful book;” one that, “came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”

Galadrielle Allman’s first book about her father will be released on March 4th. The marketplace timing is superb as public interest and sentiment about The Allman Brothers Band will be running high in March.

The Allman Brothers Band will play 14 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre between March 7 and March 29. The run is likely to be the iconic Southern rockers last at the venue, as Gregg Allman has stated that the group will stop touring after 2014.

Hittin’ the Note, The Allman Brothers Band Web Site offers the best price and related material deal I have found yet for this anticipated book. All pre-orders will receive a free printed copy of Hittin’ The Note Magazine Issue #80 which will feature an in-depth article with Galadrielle Allman.  The Hittin’ The Note pre-order price is $21.00 before shipping and tax are applied. You can pre-order here.

 

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Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective Box Set

Image of Duane AllmanRounder Records will release the seven CD box set, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective on Tuesday March 19th. It will include rare recordings by Duane Allman’s early bands: the Escorts, Allman Joys, the 31st of February, and the Bleus. A 72 page liner notes booklet featuring extensive content is accompanied by a tribute from Allman’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman.

I hope the celebration of Duane’s life inspires you to live fearlessly and enjoy life,” Galadrielle states. “I know that would have made him proud.”

The deluxe set also has the guitarist’s best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek & the Dominos, as well as session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ronnie Hawkins, Otis Rush, Laura Nyro, Lulu, the Sweet Inspirations, Laura Lee, Spencer Wiggins, Arthur Conley, Willie Walker, the Lovelles, the Soul Survivors, Johnny Jenkins, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and more.

In her recollection of her father, who died when she was a young child, Galadrielle writes, “I am very lucky that my father is Duane Allman, an artist who left behind a wealth of incredible music . . . Working on this retrospective, I have gotten closer than I ever have been to understanding my father’s development as a musician and a man.

Copyright Amalie R. Rothschild

The best price I have seen for this seven CD set is on the Allman Brothers Band Store, Hitting the Note. The pre-order price is $99.99 a $40 savings off the list price!