Published on February 13th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Music Industry Legend Alan Walden On His New Book “Southern Man,” Otis Redding, Lynyrd Skynyrd & More
Southern Man: Music & Mayhem In The American South is the story of Alan Walden, who helped to forge — along with his brother Phil and best friend Otis Redding — the foundation of a musical renaissance that emerged from the American South. As a manager, publisher, promoter and producer, Walden brought scores of artists into the world’s consciousness, from Percy Sledge to Lynyrd Skynyrd. In turn, Southern Man is the memoir of a life in music during a racially-turbulent time in American history.
Simply put, Alan Walden’s passion for R&B and rock helped to shape a musical renaissance, at a time when it took wits and a Southern persistence to overcome the obstacles on the road to success. In turn, Southern Man helps to document the tragedy of loss, disappointment and betrayal he experienced and observed, along with the joy of victory, optimism and hope that came with taking a dream right over the mountain. It is no secret that the music business is tough, and Walden was as tough as can be. He helped to lay the musical foundation so that creativity can more freely flow today.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Alan Walden this month via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond discussing the process of writing Southern Man: Music & Mayhem In The American South, Walden told me some little-known stories related to his work with Otis Redding, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws. More on Walden and Southern Man can be found online by clicking here, here, here and here.