Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story is the first narrative biography to examine the roots, evolution, and eventual emergence of one of the most captivating bands in the history of rock and roll.
Though plagued by devastating personal tragedy, numerous personnel changes brought on by the ravages of working on the road, and the untimely deaths of some of its founding members, Lynyrd Skynyrd has continued to record, tour, and produce bestselling albums. Interwoven within this fascinating portrait are in-depth biographies, including the inside stories of the intricate interband relationships; the truth behind the charges of vehicular manslaughter, child molestation, and broken contracts; the origins of their songs; and much, much more.
The result is a mesmerizing look at how this southern rock legend endured and prevailed despite a history laden with professional disadvantages, personal loss, and the ego-fueled transition to international stardom. Recently nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrates stoic independence and bar-hopping camaraderie. The band's music infiltrates the mind with images of Southern landscapes, hard-driving women, and the importance of home and family.
This fascinating bio features one-on-one interviews with music legends Charlie Daniels, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody; producer Al Kooper; Johnny Van Zant, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Ed King, Artimus Pyle, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, the widows of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and band members, family members, and record company executives. Also featured are dozens of never-before-published photographs, as well as a complete discography and bibliography.
Marley Brant is the author of four previous books, including Southern Rockers. She has been in the entertainment industry for 24 years as a biographical writer, music producer, and artist development executive. She resides near Atlanta, Georgia.From Booklist:
The core of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the most important southern rock band after the Allman Brothers, perished in an airplane crash in 1977. The survivors persevered and, though long since written off by rock critics, still tour. Heck, they released a new album in 2000. Brant's well-researched yet folksy group biography is essential reading for those who would understand the spirit of rock and roll. Like the Allmans, Skynyrd broke into the rock scene in the early '70s just as its giants of the day descended into the cocaine-flecked doldrums. Like the punk rockers, the southern bands restored the music's energy and revived its fuck-you attitude; it never gets much more fuck-you than early Skynyrd. Famous for partying, brawling, and playing anyway, Skynyrd cut a wide swath. Brant names the names and tells the tales in a conversational, even chummy prose befitting a band that enjoys a community of fans and friends not unlike the Grateful Dead's zany Deadheads. Long overdue, this is the most complete chronicle of Skynyrd and its ambience to date. Mike Tribby
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Descrizione libro Billboard Books, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110823083217
Descrizione libro Billboard Books. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0823083217 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0515378