Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s

Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s

by Alan Paul
Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s

Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s

by Alan Paul


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New York Times
bestselling author Alan Paul's in-depth narrative look at the Allman Brothers' most successful album, and a portrait of an era in rock and roll and American history.

The Allman Brothers Band’s Brothers and Sisters was not only the band’s bestselling album, at over seven million copies sold, but it was also a powerfully influential release, both musically and culturally, one whose influence continues to be profoundly felt.

Celebrating the album’s fiftieth anniversary, Brothers and Sisters the book delves into the making of the album, while also presenting a broader cultural history of the era, based on first-person interviews, historical documents, and in-depth research.

Brothers and Sisters traces the making of the template-shaping record alongside the stories of how the Allman Brothers came to the rescue of a flailing Jimmy Carter presidential campaign and helped get the former governor of Georgia elected president; how Gregg Allman’s marriage to Cher was an early harbinger of an emerging celebrity media culture; and how the band’s success led to internal fissures. The book also examines the Allman Brothers' relationship with the Grateful Dead—including the most in-depth reporting ever on the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, the largest rock festival ever—and describes how they inspired bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, helping create the southern rock genre.

With exclusive access to hundreds of hours of never-before-heard interviews with every major player, including Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman, conducted by Allman Brothers Band archivist, photographer, and “Tour Mystic” Kirk West, Brothers and Sisters is an honest assessment of the band’s career, history, and highs and lows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250282699
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2023
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 98,000
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About The Author
ALAN PAUL is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, the definitive book on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and Texas Flood: the Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The latter has been optioned and is being developed for both documentary and feature films. His first book, Big in China, is about his experiences raising an American family, forming a band, and becoming an unlikely rock star in Beijing. He also founded Friends of the Brothers, the premier celebration of the music of the Allman Brothers Band, featuring members of the Dickey Betts, Jaimoe and Gregg Allman bands. He is a regular guest on radio shows and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

Chapter 1: Beginnings
Chapter 2: The Boys in the Band
Chapter 3: End of the Line
Chapter 4: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Chapter 5: Younger Brother
Chapter 6: Trouble in Mind
Chapter 7: Trouble No More
Chapter 8: Brothers and Sisters
Chapter 9: All My Friends
Chapter 10: Brothers In Arms, Brothers of the Road
Chapter 11: Big Boss Man
Chapter 12: American Beauties
Chapter 13: New Speedway Boogie
Chapter 14: Eyes of the World
Chapter 15: All in the Family
Chapter 16: A New Life, Down This Road Before
Chapter 17: Hittin’ the Note
Chapter 18: He Was a Friend of Mine
Chapter 19: Let Nature Sing
Chapter 20: Things Goin’ On, Swamp Music
Chapter 21: Southern Blood, Down South Jukin’
Chapter 22: Tales of Ordinary Madness
Chapter 23: Highway Call
Chapter 24: Don’t Ask Me No Questions and I Won’t Tell You No Lies
Chapter 25: Sugar Sweet
Chapter 26: Win, Lose, or Draw
Chapter 27: Dreams, Jimmy’s Road
Chapter 28: Trial And Error, …And Justice for All, The End of the Innocence
Chapter 29: The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia
Chapter 30: One More Try


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