'CBGB' Filmakers Score Rights To Gregg Allman Memoir
Thursday, April 11, 2013
'CBGB' Filmakers Score Rights To Gregg Allman Memoir
Gregg Allman's 2012 autobiography, Cross To Bear, will be made into an upcoming biopic, according to Billboard. Randall Miller and Jody Savin, who are behind the new CBGB movie have scored the rights to the memoir, which the Allman Brothers Band keyboardist wrote with noted journalist Alan Light. Once again, Savin and Miller will write the screenplay for the movie with Miller directing. The duo will produce the movie with partner and co-producer Brad Rosenberger. Savin and Miller will work closely with Allman and his team to ensure the film's authenticity.
Randall Miller spoke about the film, which still has no start date, saying, "We knew it was a great story but didn't know how great it was until we read the book. That journey and coming out the other side is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock and roll often is."
The film with combine original Allman Brothers Band material with newly recorded sequences with the movie's cast. Savin, Miller, and Rosenberger were behind the ill-fated Dennis Wilson biopic The Drummer about the Beach Boys' legendary co-founder, before the project was scrapped.
We asked Gregg Allman, who battled heroin addiction for years and has faced major health problems since, which is worse -- finding yourself out on the road and being dope sick -- or simply being in poor health on tour: "Well, they're both sick. I don't know, it's been a long time since I've been through that. I guess being strung out because you put yourself there, and it's like, 'Y'know, what were you thinking, boy?"
The Allman Brothers Band will perform on Friday and Saturday (April 12th and 13th) in New York City at Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden.
After that, the band will play on April 19th and 20th at Live Oak, Florida's Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park.
The Allmans will also headline the Peach Music Festival on August 16th and 17th Scranton, Pennsylvania's Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain.

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