The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story
By Marley Brant
This new edition of "Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story" contains important new material, including a new chapter updating the professional and personal story of the band since the book's publication in 2002 as well as author commentary on the band's activities, interactions and legacy.
Based on one-on-one interviews with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, their families, friends, business associates, and fans, "Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story "is the first narrative biography to fully examine the roots, evolution, and success of the most hard-rocking, hard-living band in rock 'n roll history.
From "Freebird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" to "Saturday Night Special" and "What's Your Name," Lynyrd Skynyrd's driving, guitar-fueled, blues-inspired songs celebrate stoic independence and bar-hopping camaraderie. Evoking vivid images of Southern landscapes, raunchy good times, and reckless young romance, Skynyrd's classic catalog emphasizes the importance of home, family, and a spirit of fierce independence that defines American rock.
Tenacious 'till the end, Lynyrd Skynyrd has kept on keepin' on--touring, recording, and producing hit records in the face of devastating tragedy and the ravages of life on the road. With this book, Marley Brant has given us a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the group's history, struggles, and perseverance, with details about their formation and early days in Jacksonville, Florida; their ambitious climb to the peak of rock stardom; the complexities of interband relationships and conflicts; the truth behind stories of booze-fueled misadventures and broken contracts; the origins of their songs and much, much, more.
"Freebirds" was culled from primary sources including interviews with past and present Skynyrd members Ed King, Johnny Van Zant, Artimus Pyle, Billy Powell, Rickey Medlocke, Leon Wilkeson, and Hughie Thomasson, as well as family members, and fellow musicians like Charlie Daniels, Warren Haynes, and producer Al Kooper. Also included are over 50 photographs from the personal collections of the band, their friends and family.
Marley Brant has enjoyed a long career as a music industry professional, and she immediately responded to Lynyrd Skynyrd's charismatic catalogue of insightful ballads and hard, pure, ensemble rock and roll. Marley is the author of nine books, which have been featured by People Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, VH1, A&E, The History Channel, TBS, CMT, The Biography Channel and PBS.