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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock

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The first complete, unvarnished history of Southern rock's legendary and most popular band, from its members' hardscrabble boyhoods in Jacksonville, Florida and their rise to worldwide fame to the tragic plane crash that killed the founder and the band's rise again from the ashes. In the summer of 1964 Jacksonville, Florida teenager Ronnie Van Zant and some of his friends hatched the idea of forming a band to play covers of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and the country and blues-rock music they had grown to love. Naming their band after Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher at Robert E. Lee Senior High School who constantly badgered the long-haired aspiring musicians to get haircuts, they were soon playing gigs at parties, and bars throughout the South. During the next decade Lynyrd Skynyrd grew into the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of the rock bands to emerge from the South since the Allman Brothers. Their hits "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" became classics. Then, at the height of its popularlity in 1977, the band was struck with tragedy --a plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and two other band members. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rockis an intimate chronicle of the band from its earliest days through the plane crash and its aftermath, to its rebirth and current status as an enduring cult favorite. From his behind-the-scenes perspective as Ronnie Van Zant's lifelong friend and frequent member of the band's entourage who was also aboard the plane on that fateful flight, Gene Odom reveals the unique synthesis of blues/country rock and songwriting talent, relentless drive, rebellious Southern swagger and down-to-earth sensibility that brought the band together and made it a defining and hugely popular Southern rock band — as well as the destructive forces that tore it apart. Illustrated throughout with rare photos, Odom traces the band's rise to fame and shares personal stories that bring to life the band's journey. For the fans who have purchased a cumulative 35 million copies of Lynyrd Skynyrd's albums and continue to pack concerts today,Lynyrd Skynyrdis a celebration of an immortal American band.

Synopsis:

The first complete, unvarnished history of Southern rock's legendary and most popular band, from its members' hardscrabble boyhoods in Jacksonville, Florida and their rise to worldwide fame to the tragic plane crash that killed the founder and the band's rise again from the ashes.

In the summer of 1964 Jacksonville, Florida teenager Ronnie Van Zant and some of his friends hatched the idea of forming a band to play covers of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and the country and blues-rock music they had grown to love. Naming their band after Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher at Robert E. Lee Senior High School who constantly badgered the long-haired aspiring musicians to get haircuts, they were soon playing gigs at parties, and bars throughout the South. During the next decade Lynyrd Skynyrd grew into the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of the rock bands to emerge from the South since the Allman Brothers. Their hits Free

About the Author

Gene Odom grew up with the original members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band, later serving as their security manager. He now lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Journalist Frank Dorman lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767910286
Subtitle:
Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Dorman, Frank
Author:
Frank Dorman
Author:
Odom, Gene
Author:
Gene Odom and Frank Dorman
Author:
Gene Odom
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
United States
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Music-History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music-Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Music : History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music : Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
217

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Product details 217 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767910286 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The first complete, unvarnished history of Southern rock's legendary and most popular band, from its members' hardscrabble boyhoods in Jacksonville, Florida and their rise to worldwide fame to the tragic plane crash that killed the founder and the band's rise again from the ashes.

In the summer of 1964 Jacksonville, Florida teenager Ronnie Van Zant and some of his friends hatched the idea of forming a band to play covers of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and the country and blues-rock music they had grown to love. Naming their band after Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher at Robert E. Lee Senior High School who constantly badgered the long-haired aspiring musicians to get haircuts, they were soon playing gigs at parties, and bars throughout the South. During the next decade Lynyrd Skynyrd grew into the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of the rock bands to emerge from the South since the Allman Brothers. Their hits Free

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