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Gregg Allman’s Last Song

IN THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS LIFE, THE SOUTHERN ROCK LEGEND DID WHAT HE LOVED MOST: HE PLAYED

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MIDNIGHT RIDERS: Allman with producer Don Was, left, and with his old friend Jackson Browne
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IN 2012, Gregg Allman learned that he had a recurrence of liver cancer. The news was bleak: The disease was terminal. He was told he had 12 to 18 months to live. Allman’s best friend of nearly 50 years, Chank Middleton, was puzzled by Allman’s reaction. “Gregg didn’t complain,” he says. “He didn’t worry. If they had told me that, I would’ve gone into straight shock.”

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INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE During the 2016 election, conservatives turned on the principles that had once animated them. Somehow a movement based on real ideas,such as economic freedom and limited government, had devolved into a tribe that valued neither principle nor truth; luminaries such as Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley Jr. had been replaced by media clowns such as Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Icons such as Ronald Reagan, with his optimism and geniality had been supplanted by the dark, erratic narcissism of Donald Trump. With anger and bravado, Trump declared war against Reaganism during the 2016 campaign and some people loved him for it.
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