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Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars : The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd
by Mark Ribowsky


Overview - This book tells the intimate story of how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits with uncertain artistic objectives clawed their way to the very top of the rock 'n' roll peak, writing and performing as if beneficiaries of a deal with the devil--a deal fulfilled by a tragic fall from the sky.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This book tells the intimate story of how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits with uncertain artistic objectives clawed their way to the very top of the rock 'n' roll peak, writing and performing as if beneficiaries of a deal with the devil--a deal fulfilled by a tragic fall from the sky. The rudderless genius behind their ascent was a man named Ronnie Van Zant, who guided their five-year run and evolved not just a new country/rock idiom but a new Confederacy in constant conflict with old Southern totems and prejudices.
Placing the music and personae of Lynyrd Skynyrd into a broader cultural schema for the first time, Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars is based on interviews with surviving band members and others who watched them. It gives a new perspective to a history of stage fights, motel-room destructions, cunning business deals, and brilliant studio productions, offering a greater appreciation for a band that, in the aftermath of its last plane ride, has sadly descended into self-caricature as the sort of lowbrow guns-'n'-God cliche that Ronnie Van Zant wanted to chuck from around his neck.
No other book on Southern rock has ever captured the "Free Bird"-like sweep and significance of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ribowsky's cohesive narrative gives the band its full due while not ignoring the cruel irony and avoidability of the band's tragic end.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781569761465
  • ISBN-10: 1569761469
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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