Primarily focusing on the original line-up of the Allman Brothers Band, A Book of Tails is a very interesting, often irrelevant look at the hungry beginnings of a future Rock 'N Roll Hall-of-Fame band and their rowdie crew. Tales about the performances, traveling, women and the ever present struggles that some find the roadies and band.
Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell is the known as one of the greatest roadies in rock and roll history. Red Dog was an original Allman Brother roadie for the last 30-plus years and celebrated in the movie Almost Famous by writer and director Cameron Crowe.
After hearing the striking slide-guitar piece that Duane Allman added to Aretha Franklin recording of The Weight, Red Dog was enticed to see Allman perform solo. After the show, Red Dog was so impressed he felt compelled to pay Allman his respects. Red Dog first impression of Duane, the founding member of the Allman Brothers who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, lasted. He still speaks of Duane with intense reverence.
Two words: pied piper. Duane just stood out. I heard him, and he was like nothing my ears had heard before, Red Dog said. Soon after their initial meeting, Duane called on his brother, Gregg Allman, and assembled the original Allman Brothers band for a cross-country tour. Red Dog, who at the time had no musical background, was assigned as a roadie
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always wanted to. Duane probably put it in my head when he said i'd be the one to write the book if there ever was one. we were standing in the yellow house one day and Duane walked by me and said "You'll be the one to write the book, right?" But my gosh, that was thirty years ago. I used to have a real good memory. Duane used to come over and say 'Red Dog, can you tell me the gigs we've played in order?' and I'd tell him. Finally one day he asked me and i said "No, I can't do that no more, because there were just too many then. But I think that's why he said I'd be the one to write the book.