Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This Tudor Rocks: Allman Brother's "Big House" to Open as a Museum

Many people might think that a Tudor house museum would be a quiet place, filled with tapestries and the echoes of madrigals in the air. Well, this is one Tudor Revival house that's seen some rock and roll...the place where the Allman Brothers Band founded their "Southern Rock" sound, the place where the song "Ramblin' Man" was penned and the last place Duane Allman visited before dying in a motorcycle crash in 1971.


The Big House in Macon, Georgia - home of the band lived when its fame took off back in the early 1970s, has been a spot where music lovers flocked during pilgrimages over the last few decades. Now, the three-story Tudor Revival house where the band got its start is set to become a museum with the help of many dedicated fans who have spent years collecting memorabilia and renovating the building.

The 6,000-square-foot house, which was built in the early 1900s, became the band's home in 1970 after bassist Berry Oakley and his wife, Linda, rented it for the musicians and their families. They called it the "Big House" because it was far larger than any other place they had ever lived before.

The museum is scheduled to open in December with a fanfare that is expected to draw thousands of rock fans from across the globe to Macon to honor the band. "It was never meant to be just a house with a number of things hanging on the walls but to be active in promoting music in the community," said Kirsten West, the managing director of the Big House Foundation. "For now, renovations are going, but a big sign in the front yard declares what it will be: "Allman Brothers Band Museum." To read more, go HERE.

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