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Skydog: The Duane Allman Story

by: The Allman Brothers Band

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The Duane Allman Story

by Randy Poe
(Backbeat Books)

I have been waiting on this book for years, and to coin a cliche, it was well worth the wait. Randy Poe has gone deep, digging through source material with lots of passion to paint a beautiful portrait of the South’s most famous rock and roll guitarist. Poe captures the true essence of Duane. For those of us who never got to meet Skydog, it makes us feel as though somehow, perhaps by a combination of magic, spirit and a cosmic alignment of the planets, we somehow did know Duane Allman. Friends, it takes a good writer to pull that one off. If I have any complaint whatsoever, it's that Poe didn't do more updated interviews with those close to Duane for some added fresh perspective.

Poe chronicles Duane’s growth from his Nashville and Florida roots, to the Hourglass, The Allman Joys and the forming of the South’s all time favorite group, The Allman Brothers Band. Countless anecdotes and stories paint pictures of Duane’s days at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, days of glory with The Brothers and working with Eric Clapton on Derek and The Dominos.

Everyone knows how Duane’s all too short life came to an end, but this book really drives home just how much Allman accomplished in life prior to that fateful motorcycle crash.

-Michael Buffalo Smith

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