Rock and Blues Legend Gregg Allman Discusses His New Memoir, My Cross to Bear
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Gregg Allman is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, he has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. His 2011 album Low Country Blues marked the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Like any genuine bluesman, Allman’s own life has been colored by myriad triumphs and too many tragedies. Low Country Blues was initially slated for a mid-2010 release, but that plan changed when Gregg, who had long battled chronic hepatitis C, was notified that he was a candidate for a liver transplant. In June 2010, he entered the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where he successfully underwent the difficult surgery. Knowing that he had only just made one of the defining albums of his recorded career proved to be the best medicine, giving Allman the inner strength he needed to fully heal. At this year’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the Allman Brothers Band was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, and Low Country Blues received a nomination for Best Blues Album. Allman’s upcoming memoir chronicling the highs and lows of his legendary life and music is My Cross to Bear.
Alan Light has been one of America’s leading music journalists for the past twenty years. Currently, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone; a columnist for msn.com; and the Director of Programming for Live from the Artists Den, a concert series now in its fourth season on PBS. Alan is the co-author of Gregg Allman’s forthcoming memoir, My Cross to Bear.
Alan was the founding music editor (1993-’94) and editor-in-chief (’94-’97) of the urban culture monthly Vibe. He then served as the editor-in-chief of _Spin _magazine from January 1999 until March 2002. His most recent publishing position was editor-in-chief and co-founder of Tracks, a magazine dedicated to “Music Built to Last” that published from November 2003 to April 2005. Before coming to _Vibe _in 1993, Alan was a Senior Writer at Rolling Stone, where he began working in 1989. He has interviewed and profiled artists including U2, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Prince. Alan’s writing has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Mother Jones, and the Oxford American. Alan is a two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism.