Among the more satisfying emails I've ever written, this to my editor at University Press of Florida, working title "Sure Has Been a Fine Weekend": At Fillmore East and the Legacy of Duane Allman.
"Friend/editor" Sue is @HistorySue (hire her to edit your manuscript, no shit). 1/
As I painted the corners and tightened things up, I realized I'm about to piss off at least 50% of the Allman Brothers audience, when I mention in the introduction the band's (gasp!) use of Confederate imagery. 2/
It's far from the focus of the book, in fact it's only a few paragraphs, but the fact that I address the flag's white supremacist meaning will ruffle feathers. But history is history and the ABB were *as* guilty of this as anyone. 3/
The Allman Brothers Band were integrated and 1/3 of the band was Black in 1974 for "Campaign '74" with this image on tour programs, posters, shirts, you name it. 4/
My book ends in November 1972, so it was beyond the scope of my research to get into this. I did not explore what the symbolism meant to the Black musicians in the band (they've never said publicly). 5/
Anyway, I have clean-ups to do to submit to @sianmhunter of @floridapress, but the hardest part of *this* part (pre-review) is almost over. 6/
Thank you @HistorySue for helping me through this part of the journey. @spencerdowning gets a shout-out too for helping me find my core thesis a couple of years ago. 7/
Since I first *discovered* the Allman Brothers Band, I've spent 25+ years trying to figure out what it was about Duane Allman's music that sounded and *felt* so special to me. 8/
"Sure Has Been a Fine Weekend": At Fillmore East and the Legacy of Duane Allman is an attempt to frame Duane and the ABB through the lens of history. And At Fillmore East is the album the narrative centers around. 9/
I'm not done with this journey, but I have crossed a HUGE milestone. Consider it a mountain and I'm almost ready to see the view I've been striving toward. 10/
For my fellow ABB fans, I'm coming to the end of the drum jam in "Mountain Jam," when Berry Oakley takes over. The drums are like that last, hard climb up, you're exhausted, but know you have to keep going. 11/
Berry's bass offers the encouragement to get up that last tough stretch. It adds an optimistic sound to the jam, setting up the glorious interaction/musical communication to follow. 12/
The beginning of Duane's solo, from 21:55 here until about 27mins (when Duane quotes "Will the Circle Be Unbroken") is what I think Heaven sounds like.

open.spotify.com/track/0wp5kUry…

13/
And for my fellow ABB fans, this is the "view" that "Mountain Jam" brings to mind once they get up that mountain and have that 5min musical conversation.
14/
If the manuscript passes muster, look for the book sometime in 2022 from @floridapress 15/
LONG LIVE THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND! 16/16

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