“If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul,” says Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge about Paul’s One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band (St. Martin’s Press). The book is billed as the first major biography of the ABB, which marks its 45th anniversary this year.
All the surviving members of the band, including former members, are interviewed in this oral history, and founders Butch Trucks and Jaimoe provide the forward and afterword. Paul, who has reported extensively on the band for 25 years, also features interviews with late bassist Allen Woody.
Paul has reached into every aspect of the Allmans’ career with the book, interviewing almost 60 people for it — roadies, managers, and other musicians like Eric Clapton and Bob Weir. And yes, it does cover the band’s 2000 split with guitarist Dickey Betts. It also promises plenty of behind-the-scenes information about the recording of classic albums like At Fillmore East, Eat a Peach and Brothers and Sisters.
Aside from interviews, Paul culled material for the book from personal letters and correspondence. It also features many never-before-seen photos, as well as pictures taken by two ABB road managers.
“No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul,” said ABB guitarist Warren Haynes.
Even if you’re not a huge ABB fan, the book is an intriguing one, according to a review from Booklist. “Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band’s loyal fan base.”
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One Way Out is out now.