I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. . . seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me.

Duane-Allman-and-Wilson-PicketDuane Allman and Wilson Pickett

 I love the Dead. As far as Jerry Garcia, Jerry Garcia could walk on water. He could do anything any man could ever do. He's a prince.

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On music: “There’s a lot of different forms of communication, but music is absolutely the purest one, man. You can’t hurt anybody with music. You can maybe offend somebody with songs and words, but you can’t offend anybody with music—it’s all just good. There’s nothing at all that could ever be bad about music, about playing it. It’s a wonderful thing, a grace.”

On the jam that formed the Allman Brothers Band: "We set up the equipment and whipped into a little jam. It lasted two-and-a-half hours. When we finally quit, nobody ever said a word, man. Everybody was speechless. Nobody'd ever done anything like that before - it really frightened the sh** out of everybody. Right then I knew - I said, 'Man, here it is!' I told Rick [Hall - owner of Fame studios at Muscle Shoals] I didn't want to do session work full-time anymore. I had found what I really wanted to do."

On Rock 'n' Roll: "Everybody is expending all this energy in various ways to get the same old feeling out of it that Little Richard can get in five minutes. And people are finally waking up to the fact that you can get as much of a good feeling out of a simple thing as you can out of something that's hard. A lot of people who would have you believe they are intelligent musicians are playing sh** . Music's become so intellectualized. Man, music is FUN. It's not supposed to be any heavy, deep intense thing - especially not rock music, man. That's to set you free! Anybody that ever listened to Chuck Berry or any of them cats knows that. Rock is like a newspaper for people that can't read. Rock and roll will tell you where everything is at. It's something to move your feet and move your heart and make you feel good inside. You know, forget about all the b**s*** that's going on for a while, fill up some of the dead spaces."

On people and life: Everything's the same everywhere. There are nice folks, and a**h****, and you have to learn to distinguish between the two in order to get by. And someone who's an a**h*** to somebody may be a nice folk to somebody else, so you've got to learn to be nice to everybody, and show everybody respect, that's the only way people respect you. You've got to have mutual respect and a little bit of love, if you can round it up. And don't be afraid to share what's inside of you with other people. That's the only way you're ever going to get free or have any fun at all, either. So just rock on, and have you a good time. If I have a choice between having a good time and a sh***y time, I'm going to have me a good time. I've had enough sh***y times."

Upon being asked what he was doing for the revolution: “There aint no revolution— it’s evolution— but every time I’m in Georgia I eat a peach for peace.”

It’s all about the music: “This ain't no ballet--we want people to listen with their eyes closed, to just let the music come inside them and forget their worldly cares.…”
 excerpted from http://allmanbrothersband.com/

Drummer Butch Trucks tells of Duane’s varied literary interests:
 “Duane read all kinds of things. He loved Tolkien and Lord of the Rings, of course; he named his daughter Galadrielle [after a Rings character]. He also loved T.S. Eliot, and I remember him reading some Frank Herbert [a sci-fi author] and some philosophy.”


The Allman Brothers Band - Duane Allman




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In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Allman at #2 in their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix .


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