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Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother’s arms. Playing was her father - Duane Allman, who would become one of the most influential and sought-after musicians of his time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. His daughter was two years old.
Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, and when she did, she began to ask for stories - from family, fellow musicians, friends - and they began to flow.
Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.
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By W Perry Hall on 05-07-14
Finding her celestial father
Imagine your father died before you could know him. Add to that, that almost all you have are news stories and articles to know anything about him; that all you've had to hold near your heart are scattered photos, only one of him and you; that people tell you repeatedly how much you look like, and remind them of, him; that what you basically know of him is the near-mythic Southern tale, that he was an ultra-talented rock star lost so young in a motorcycle accident, just as his career was taking off, and thereafter became iconic for Southern rock 'n roll and dying young.
Duane Allman's daughter, smart as a whip, driven and artistic like her dad, started like this and decided to discover the man, the father, to know him, by talking to and getting to know family and his friends. Out of her journey comes her lovely, loving serenade, by which any human can sense through her lilt, her heart, her sadness and joy and her self-discovery.
A beautiful book read, as it should be, by the author.
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