The World According to Duane Allman

(Gibson) At 24 years old, the world lost Duane Allman, guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, far too soon, but his legacy and influence on the guitar lives on. In the following feature, we look through some past interviews with Allman, his friends and family to find out more about this rock 'n' roll guitar legend.

Duane on developing musical talent, as told to Guitar Player Magazine (via True Fire): "Develop your talent, and leave the world with something. Records are really gifts from people. To think that an artist would love you enough to share his music with anyone is a beautiful thing. That's fascinated me ever since I piled up my motorcycle. Miles Davis does the best job, to me, of portraying in the innermost, subtlest, softest feelings in the human psyche. He does it beautifully. He's a fascinating talent, man, a marvelous, marvelous man and a great entertainer. And John Coltrane, probably one of the finest most accomplished players, took his music farther than anybody I believe I ever heard."

Duane on rock music speaking to the times, as told to Guitar Player Magazine (via True Fire): ". . . Yeah! It's a like a newspaper for people that can't read. Rock and roll will tell you right where everything's at. It's just something to move your feet, man, and move your heart and make you feel good inside–forget about all the bullsh*t that's going on for awhile and fill up some of the dead space."

Duane on blues and jazz music being similar, as told to Guitar Player Magazine (via True Fire): "Yeah, it really is, man. It's just that as human feelings become more complex, as the world gets a little bit more divided and intelligent, complexity is the only difference between blues and jazz. It's all the portrayal of the feelings and the soul in a medium other than words. You can either complain and say, "Oh man, I really feel bad," or you can put you sadness into a musical context and make it desirable. Nobody wants to hear anybody bellyache, but everybody want to hear him play the blues. You can say the same thing, but make it to where it's a little less offensive to your fellow man by playing it with music." More

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