By Gregg Allman
For the 1st time, rock track icon Gregg Allman, one of many founding participants of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the whole tale of his lifestyles and occupation in My go to Bear. No topic is taboo, as one of many real giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up approximately his Georgia adolescence, his lengthy fight with substance abuse, his string of undesirable marriages (including his short union with celebrity Cher), the tragic loss of life of brother Duane Allman, and lifestyles at the highway in a single of rock’s so much mythical bands.
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