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

St. Martin’s Jul. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781250282699. $32. MUSIC
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Paul (One Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band) chronicles the years just before and just after the creation of the 1973 Allman Brothers album Brothers and Sisters, the group’s biggest commercial success. In this extensive, thoroughly researched account, Paul captures the American rock scene of the 1970s, along with many of its players and personalities. The author conducted interviews with dozens of subjects, some just for this book, and some multiple times over a span of many years. These include band members and other musicians such as Robbie Robertson, James Taylor, David Crosby, Elvin Bishop, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Al Kooper. The book also incorporates interviews conducted by music photographer Kirk West and others, plus a variety of sources ranging from liner notes and magazine and newspaper articles to books and videos. Paul has written about the Allman Brothers for decades, and his interest and appreciation are apparent in this narrative.
VERDICT Longtime Allman Brothers fans and readers who have only recently discovered the band will enjoy this in-depth treatment.
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