No Saints, No Saviors: My Years with the Allman Brothers Band (Google eBook)

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 159 pages
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Willie Perkins left the staid, conservative world of commercial bank auditing to jump headlong into the burgeoning beginnings of The Allman Brothers Band and follows their meteoric and sometimes tragic rise, fall, and revival. Perkins's interest in the business of music and his association with an interesting pair of friends led him to the opportunity to go to work with the Allmans at the earliest stage of their career. For the first time we learn from a true insider what it was like to live the nomadic life on the road with the Allmans from their earliest low buck club tours through the triumphant million dollar months of outdoor stadium dates in the mid-seventies. Perkins vividly describes living in the band's "Big House," and what it was like to room on the road with the legendary Duane Allman and what a truly amazing person he was. The author tells of all the band and crew members, and shares how they all dealt with the bumpy road to rock stardom. The fast life of touring, performing, and recording, with its huge rewards and triumphs is seen with literary clarity in these pages. Perkins's memory of the sorrow and grief suffered from the untimely deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley is paralleled by the band's dogged determination not to give up. The reader is not spared the details of the destructiveness of drug and alcohol abuse, and will learn the true facts behind the drug trial of John "Scooter" Herring. Read how the band and its crew dealt with family life, girlfriends, and groupies. Also, you will learn about the making of the legendary "Live At Fillmore East" album, the band's generous charitable contributions, and their relationship with Jimmy Carter. No book on TheAllman Brothers band would be complete without an account of Gregg Allman's solo comeback of the eighties and the twentieth anniversary reunion tour of The Allman Brothers Band. "No Saints, No Saviors" is a story of triumphs and heartbreaks, but ultimately it is a story about how the music of The Allman Brothers Band, indeed, may well live forever.
  

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Contents

First Day on the Job
1
Beginnings
3
Twiggs
6
I Get the Call
10
The Big House
13
Crash Course
17
Tour Tour Tour and a Fateful Meeting
25
Bunking with Duane
30
The Dark Year
65
Enter Chuck Leavell
72
Another Brother Departs
75
The 1500000 Line of Cocaine a Sure Cure for the Hiccups and Other Promoter Stories
78
A New Beginning
82
Wives Girlfriends Groupies and Band Aids
92
The Pinnacle
95
Charities and Benefits
104

More of the Same
37
Live at the Fillmore East
43
Busted
46
Lady Luck and the Slide Bottle
52
Happy Birthday
54
The Closing of the Fillmore East
56
Headed for a Fall
58
The Passing of Duane
61
Trouble in the Studio and a National Soap Opera
108
The Beginning of the End
115
The Real Scooter Herring Story
118
The Scooter Herring Trial and Beyond
124
I Get the Call Again
134
A Few Words about Finances
145
Afterword
148
Copyright

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Perkins is currently president, Republic Artists Management. He was with The Allman Brothers Band from 1970-1976 and Gregg Allman from 1983-1989. He lives in Macon, Georgia.

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