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Alan Paul’s comprehensive oral history of The Allman Brothers Band’s 45-year career arrives at a time when it is suddenly fair to wonder whether there will be a 46th.
Longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced in early January that they are leaving the group at year’s end, and while lineup changes are hardly new to the Allman Brothers, the circumstances regarding the many personnel shuffles have at varying times been tragic, awkward, strained, violent and, in the case of Haynes rejoining the band at the turn of the century, even uplifting. They’ve never been dull and often have been emotionally draining.
So given how One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band (St. Martin's Press) lays out the ways in which the band — anchored by keyboardist/singer Gregg Allman and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, after their acrimonious parting with fellow co-founder Dickey Betts — has survived more than its share of should-have-been lethal blows over the years, you’d think one of them has to prove fatal eventually.
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