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Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father, Duane Allman

July 2014 book selection

Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father, Duane Allman

by Galadrielle Allman

July 18, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

It happened several times at the July gathering of CapRadio Reads, featuring Galadrielle Allman, author of Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father, Duane Allman.

With her mother, Donna Allman, in the front row, Galadrielle answered the astute questions of Donna Apidone. At times, the two paused their conversation to listen to Duane's music and his voice in clips from recorded interviews. Galadrielle described to the audience some of the most personal aspects of her research on the life of her father. What came through during the event was the absolute love she has for the the father she only knew for two years, before his death at age 24. Her heartbreak at this loss was evident, but her respect for him is equally prominent.

Allman is an excellent writer. Her talents are at the same level as her famous father, just showing in a slightly different form of communication. She conveyed, in person and in her book, the joy her father got from playing the guitar and composing his music. For a better idea of what a wonderful evening we had, please listen to our recording of the event here on our website.

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July 16, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

There were tears and laughter last night as Donna Apidone delved into the life of Duane Allman with his daughter, Galadrielle Allman, author of our July selection, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father. Anyone who was in the room felt her heartfelt love for the man she barely knew. If you were there, thank you for coming. If you were not, please visit the events section of our website soon for a recording of this remarkable event.

July 9, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Galadrielle Allman is still learning about her father, legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Her book, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman, allows us to witness her journey. Galadrielle is a gifted writer, and she draws us in with family stories from her grandmother, Jerry, her uncle, musician Gregg Allman, and others. This book is more than a collection of memories. In addition to reading about Duane's life, and about those who shaped him, we find out why this daughter, who only had her father for two years, must miss him so.

Duane Allman led a rather extreme lifestyle, but his music showed focus and leadership beyond his years, and we realize how much he would have to offer had he lived. Galadrielle stirs our interest in the musician and the man. With the book inspiring a deeper look, I have now listened to more Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs and other musicians of that era, with an ear to hearing a lick here and there that I can identify as Duane's work. I've watched videos, rented movies and read articles, trying to get as much Duane Allman as I can.

I am so excited, as I am sure you are, to hear new stories, and maybe ask new questions, when Galadrielle Allman joins us at CapRadio Reads on July 15. I hope you have your tickets, because we have only two seats left for this event.

Join Donna Apidone in conversation with Galadrielle Allman, along with a great southern barbeque and some cold beverages. Get into the groove with CapRadio Reads.

July 2, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

We are less than two weeks away from our evening with Galadrielle Allman in conversation with Donna Apidone.

There are many reasons to attend this extraordinary event on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio. Reasons 1 through 15 are the stories, in her own voice, of Duane Allman's daughter. Galadrielle will discuss what she has learned through years of research about the father she hardly knew. You will hear what life was like for Duane and his brother Gregg growing up, about their time together as musicians on the road, and about the "extended family" they developed with other renowned musicians. The book, Please Be With Me, is an incredibly well-written account of Duane's life. Donna Apidone has a lot of questions for Galadrielle, and you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Every CapRadio Reads Author Event is worth attending for other reasons. The food is always heavenly, and this time we will take a seriously Southern slant with barbecue and related dishes. CapRadio Reads' wine sponsors will be serving up the red and white. And we will have fun mixing with other CapRadio listeners, readers and staff.

Tickets are almost gone, so get yours right away! 

June 18, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Galadrielle Allman inherited more than her name from her father, Duane Allman. She also inherited his amazing artistry, in her case, as a writer. Many celebrity biographies are either ghost written, or just plain poorly written. In the case of Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, neither is true. This book is elegantly written by the very talented Ms. Allman, who will be our guest at CapRadio Reads on July 15, at 6:30 p.m.

The book, published in March, is the result of a writing assignment when Galadrielle (known as Glad) was a student at Sarah Lawrence College. That story, called Crossroads, eventually evolved into this book, which is a collage of letters and rememberances. During the two years Galadrielle researched her subject, she learned a lot about her father Duane, his family, his friends and his music. When reading this biography, it is astounding to realize all that Duane Allman accomplised in just 24 short years. His iconic music, his bad boy reputation and his loving daughter have already lived more than that time without him.

Please join us at Capital Public Radio for what will surely be a celebration, in song, words and food, of one of the kings of true American music. Tickets are still available, but they are selling quickly, so be sure to get yours to join the party.

June 11, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

CapRadio Reads has an amazing event coming on July 15, at 6:30 p.m. We are thrilled to welcome Galadrielle Allman, daughter of the late legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Galadrielle comes to Capital Public Radio, in conversation with Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone, to discuss her book, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman.

Although she was only two when her father died in a motorcycle accident, Galadrielle has gathered memories from family, friends, fellow musicians and fans. She also has put together a huge collection of music, not just Allman Brothers recordings, but practically every recording with every band or musician Duane played with. Her story, and that of her family, is a uniquely heartfelt American saga. Many of us will feel we've lived along with her. The book is inspiring and eye opening. It attracts new fans, and it makes longtime fans miss Duane Allman all over again.

Because we know our listeners and members are not only readers and book lovers, but music fans as well, we invite you to join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening. Tickets are limited and are going fast already. The $15 ticket price includes a special Southern repast in honor of a very Southern family. Who knows, we may even eat a peach!

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