Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Win copy of signed Gregg Allman autobiography out May 1

Will he name names when it came to partying in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island?

Who really did burn down the Oar House?

What will he have to say about Dickey Betts?

Or Dan Toler?

Former Manatee County resident Gregg Allman's autobiography "My Cross to Bear," comes out May 1.

"As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some," reads the publicity material. "For almost 50 years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years."

The book promises to set "the record straight about the band's struggles in the face of death" ... "While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, (Allman) fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than eleven times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all."

To reward pre-orders, the publishers have put a contest with prizes that include signed merchandise such as a copy of the book, signed posters or copies of Allman's latest solo release, the hit "Low Country Blues," and the grand prize includes two tickets to any Allman Brothers Band or Gregg Allman Band show.

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