Music Books [Issue
#24] Duane Allman:
Skydog: The Duane Allman StoryBy
The long overdue biography of Duane Allman, the late Southern rock guitar virtuoso
of The Allman Brothers, portrays the mans talent and staggering accomplishments,
particularly for someone who died before turning 25. Poe does a remarkable job
at tapping sources close to Allman to accurately paint the guitarists life.
Duane and his brother Gregg bonded and worked closely to form one of Southern
rocks most influential acts. Aside from his work with his own band and the
legendary Derek and the Dominos session that spawned Layla, Allmans
illustrious stint as a sideman for the venerated Muscle Shoals studio team found
him working with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. Dispelling many
preconceived notions about Southern rockers, Poe also explores Allmans ardent
love of jazz and musical exploration.
From humble beginnings
to a tragic end, Duanes spirit inspired everyone he encountered. Friends
reveal that although the master of slide guitar made everything seem effortless,
he actually worked painstakingly to achieve his brilliance.
ZZ Tops Billy
Gibbons delivers a fond introductory recollection of his first meeting with
Duane in New Orleans and speaks admiringly of his friend. Skydog closes discussing
the aftermath of the musicians untimely death and leaves the reader wondering
what could have been had he not been killed in a tragic motorcycle accident.