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This intimate story of Lynyrd Skynyrd tells how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits, with uncertain artistic objectives, clawed their way to the top of the rock 'n' roll world. Based on interviews with surviving band members, Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars shares how lead singer and front man Ronnie Van Zant guided the band's hugely successful five-year run and, in the process, created not only a new country rock idiom, but a new Confederacy in constant conflict with old Southern totems and prejudices.
Placing the music and personae of Skynyrd into a broad cultural context, this book gives a new perspective to a history of stage fights, motel room destructions, cunning business deals, and brilliant studio productions. It also offers a greater appreciation for a band whose legacy, in the aftermath of their last plane ride, has since descended into self-caricature.
©2015 Mark Ribowsky (P)2015 ListenUp Production, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 07-12-15

What could have been...

I was a Skynyrd fan primarily during my high school and college years; the accident happened my senior year of high school. There was much I did not know about the group’s formation, development, and the sequelae since the plane crash. I thought this book could fill in many blanks and my curiosity led me to the purchase. Parts were enjoyable and parts were objectionable. The accuracy initially seemed to be there, but that may be in question. An attribute of hard copy books as opposed to audiobooks is being able to evaluate the author’s research and references. On this note, please look at those reviews on Amazon, which are written by those apparently having done this assessment in detail and boldly questioning many of the author’s claims. Additionally, I grew very tired of the author’s incessant need to inform the audience of his political beliefs. He never misses an opportunity to push his opinion on the reader/listener, even if it unrelated or only remotely related to topic of the book. Indeed, the author displays his arrogance by failing to subjugate his own views and sacrifices telling the intended story by this political ranting. How does his opinion of Ted Cruz even belong in a historical perspective of Lynyrd Skynyrd? Further, he cannot seem to differentiate between fiscal conservatism and racism, actually revealing his own lack of understanding of the issues about which he repeatedly drones. This could have been a good book, but the author apparently chose to take shortcuts and also use it as a political epistle instead.

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3 out of 5 stars
By scott schmitz on 08-12-15

Was entertaining

Well, the performance was great though the book was just a good okay book. Amazing that to a man, every one of the members of the band are so full of crap nobody will ever know the truth of anything substantial the band ever did.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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