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Review: Please Be With Me

May 22, 2014

Please Be With Me
Galladrielle Allman was just two years old when her famous father, Duane, was killed in a motorcycle accident.  She always knew who he was and it seemed his legend followed her everywhere, so she longed to really know him.  In that vein, she decided to learn all she could about him from old friends and family members.  Her memoir, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, tells the story of his life but it’s so much more than that.

Duane lost his father at an early age, too.  His mother worked hard to raise him and his brother Duane but, like most people, his childhood had its ups and downs, including a few stints in military school.  When Duane became interested in music it almost became an obsession for him.   He practiced his guitar compulsively and was determined to put together an outstanding band.  His hard work paid off – he’s considered one of the greatest guitar players to ever live.  Sadly, his life ended just as his career was taking off.

Since those around her rarely spoke of her father, Galladrielle felt alienated from his life and legend.  By speaking with those who knew him best, she learned to embrace his legacy .

As a fan of the Allman Brothers Band, I thoroughly enjoyed Please Be With Me, but I think the book will appeal to others as well.  It’s not just Duane’s story – it’s the story of the daughter who longed to know him.  I think many people will be able to relate to that longing.  I found myself listening to Allman Brothers music a lot as I read the book.

The audio version of the book is read by the author and I was surprised at what a good job she did.  There were a few odd noises from time to time but I could never figure out what they were – they didn’t affect my enjoyment of the audio.  It’s on 10 CDs and last about 12 and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2014 6:22 am

    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! I’m off to check it out on Amazon now….

  2. May 22, 2014 6:29 am

    New to me. You always end up with very intriguing reads! Thanks for the review.

  3. May 22, 2014 7:15 am

    I feel for this girl – it is so sad to grow up having a father everyone knows but you don’t. I don’t know Duane Allman, but I’d like to read this book nevertheless.

  4. May 22, 2014 7:31 am

    I’m not a big Allman Brothers fan, but this book sounds like an interesting journey.

  5. May 22, 2014 10:59 am

    Some memoirs are just so well done. I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

  6. May 22, 2014 11:37 am

    I am glad this one turned out so well. I can relate somewhat to longing to know a father more, although for different reasons.

  7. May 22, 2014 11:52 am

    This sounds like a really interesting read.

  8. May 22, 2014 4:34 pm

    I had an entirely difference of opinion. I felt the book was a lot of hearsay. Galadrielle did not spend a lot of time with her dad, and the stories told in her book were all recounts from others. Had to call it a memoir when it’s not right from the horses mouth, so-to-speak. I did like hearing her side, but felt it did not shed much light on him at all.
    Glad you liked it though. Everyone takes things in their own way, and it’s interesting when I see some one else’s views.

  9. Patty permalink
    May 22, 2014 5:26 pm

    It really does sound interesting…the only Allman brother I know of is Greg…wasn’t he married to Cher?

  10. May 23, 2014 8:49 am

    Wow, this book sounds like it would have universal appeal.

  11. sandynawrot permalink
    May 23, 2014 4:11 pm

    I’m a fan too, and I also love biographies and memoirs, so I’m going to have to listen to this one. I find it so sad and precious that she wrote this book. What a labor of love.

  12. swright9 permalink
    May 23, 2014 4:17 pm

    Great tunes — the Allman Bros. It’s an awful shame Duane died; he would have been even more of a legend if he had more of a career/life. Too bad for his daughter too.

  13. May 24, 2014 12:13 am

    Sounds fascinating. I don’t know a lot about the Allman Bros. and this scenario with his daughter does sound relatable.

  14. May 24, 2014 6:42 pm

    This sounds like a book I’ve like to listen to. I’ve been an Allman Brothers fan from way back.

  15. May 25, 2014 8:37 pm

    I’m not really familiar with the Allman brothers, but I do think it’s inspiring that she went out and tried to find out as much as she could about him.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:55 am

    I don’t know much about the Allman brothers either but it sounds like this book has merit for non-fans as well.

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