New York Times bestselling author Alan Paul will post a deep dive into the Allman Brothers Band’s ‘sibling’ era
Today, New York Times bestselling author Alan Paul, known for his explorations of the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the oral history of The Allman Brothers Band, announced that he will publish a new book on The Allman Brothers Band titled BROTHERS AND SISTERS: The Allman Brothers band and the inside story of the album that defined the 70s. The book will see Paul dive deep in time just before and immediately after their 1973 album Brothers and sisterswhich sold over seven million copies – their all-time bestseller – and had a profound cultural and musical influence for generations.
The book is set to be released via St. Martin’s Press on July 25, 2023, celebrating the seminal album’s 50th anniversary. Paul plans to share an analysis of the making of the LP while showcasing the cultural air of the time based on first-person interviews, extensive research, historical documents, and a cache of never-before-seen interviews conducted by the band.” Mystic Tower, “Kirk West.
Of West’s contributions, Paul said, “Kirk was researching a book while the band was split up in 1986 and 1987, and he interviewed all of the surviving members at length: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, as well as many other friends and associates. The subjects were talking to someone they trusted deeply, the group broke up twice with no intention of reuniting, and everyone was honest, deeply thoughtful, and insightful. The interviews were an absolute gold mine, most of which not even Kirk had ever listened to. I am delighted to offer them to the fans of the group. I can’t wait to share this book and start talking about it!
Paul’s expedition at the time was encouraged by the group’s impact on the country’s culture at the time: playing a major role in the election of President Jimmy Carter; connection to the Grateful Dead; inspiring Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Southern rock genre; the unprecedented media reaction to Gregg Allman’s marriage to Cher; and the group’s ties to Bob Dylan, Susan Sarandon and Native American activists.
“I had to convince myself that it made sense to write a second book about the Allman Brothers Band, but I knew there was a lot more to say about them and their impact on America beyond. music,” Paul shared with Relix. “The most crucial but least explored era was the period before and after Brothers and Sisters, an album recorded and released in 1973, and as I began to research the period, I became more and more excited about the project.”
Paul went on to explain his reasoning for writing the new work, saying, “Brothers and sisters became the Allman Brothers Band’s first real hit, pushing them to superstardom beyond their devoted circle of hardcore fans as they rose above being America’s great rock bands to become a national institution. Behind the album and its time lies a larger history of America. It was also extremely interesting and fun to dig deep into the band’s relationship with the Grateful Dead and begin to understand why it came to an abrupt end after they hosted the nation’s biggest rock festival together, drawing 600 000 people at Watkins Glen, New York.
Brothers and sisters extensively covers the Watkin Glen concert across multiple chapters – the iconic gathering will be celebrating its own 50th anniversary the week the book is released. According to a press release, BROTHERS AND SISTERS: The Allman Brothers band and the inside story of the album that defined the 70s will be the most profound reporting and writing on the bond between The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead and what kept them apart to date. It will also include chapters on the creation of Gregg Allman Relaxed and Dickey Betts freeway call, a solo debut that has been largely overlooked. Fascinatingly enough, Paul will also explore the inner story behind Cameron Crowe. almost knownbased on his touring experiences with The Allman Brothers Band.
The release of BROTHERS AND SISTERS: The Allman Brothers band and the inside story of the album that defined the 70s will be celebrated with star-studded musical events in Atlanta and New York. More details on the celebration events are expected to be shared soon.