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The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time

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Gregg Allman: 'My Cross To Bear' (2012)


Gregg Allman, My Cross To Bear (2012)
Gems/Redferns; Courtesy of William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers
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A Southern Gothic rock epic. The Allman Brother sings "Whipping Post," he snorts himself senseless, he rats on his drug roadie. And of course, he marries Cher. On their first date, he even manages to stay off heroin until right after dinner. "I went to her house in a limousine, and when she came out, she said, 'Fuck that funeral car,' and handed me the keys to her blue Ferrari….She didn't have shit to say to me, and I didn't have shit to say to her. What's the topic of conversation? It certainly ain't singing." The second date goes a little better: "We made some serious love."

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