Song of the South: Duane Allman & the Rise of the Allman Brothers (DVD)

February 18, 2014

This is one of those “unauthorized” DVDs that chronicles an artist or band without their participation, but it is better than most. There are significant contributions from people who worked alongside Duane, including studio engineers Howard and Ron Albert, members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, Hour Glass members Pete Carr and Paul Hornsby, and road manager Willie Perkins, along with a bevy of notable journalists and historians (and even excerpts from a taped interview with Skydog himself). Although the film emphasizes Duane’s role in originating Southern Rock, it provides enough insights into his career and guitar playing, historical footage, cool photos, and plausible anecdotal stories to make it a worthwhile expenditure of 131 minutes.
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