This intimate story of Lynyrd Skynyrd tells of 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.
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For years it's felt like RVZ has been put on a pedestal of "God-like" and "the greatest man who's walked the earth," and with that comes a hesitation, I've personally felt, to tell any true, unrelenting, story. This book delivers the story I've been craving, being a life long, (born post-'77), fan of the band (pre-77).
There are good parts, some hard to digest tales, and a whole new sense of loss when the story of the crash is recounted.
Four chapters in I was already recommending this book my network of fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd.