Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars: The Fast Life and

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Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd [PDF / Epub] ✅ Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd Author Mark Ribowsky – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk This book tells the intimate story of how a band of lost souls and selfdestructive misfits with uncertain artistic objectives clawed their way to the very top of the rock ’n’ roll peak, writing an This book tells the intimate and Brand PDF É story of how a band of lost souls and selfdestructive 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 Whiskey Bottles PDF/EPUB ² Ronnie Van Zant, who guided their fiveyear run and evolved not just a new countryrock 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 BrandNew Cars is based on interviews with surviving band members and others who watched them It gives a Bottles and Brand ePUB ☆ new perspective to a history of stage fights, motelroom 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 selfcaricature as the sort of lowbrow guns’n’God cliché 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.


10 thoughts on “Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd

  1. Mauoijenn Mauoijenn says:

    *NetGalley book review*

    ...And this bird you can not change...

    What an awesome book about one of my most all time favorite bands. My parents use to listen to their music all the time so naturally I fell in love with their songs. I even have the above lyric tattooed on my left forearm. Anyways, this was a action packed, tons of information about the band, storied of their on the road tours and so much more packed into this great book. So tune into some Skynyrd tunes and kick back with this book and read bout who you're listening to.


  2. Alex Bledsoe Alex Bledsoe says:

    In Lynyrd Skynyrd's heyday, before the advent of rigorous image control, you could get away with being assholes on an almost Wagnerian scale while still selling millions of records. That's what comes across most clearly in this well-written account of their tragic history. And yet, tragic may not be the right word, for while tragedies did occur (most famously the plane crash), the majority of their troubles came out of the reality that they--especially Ronnie Van Zant--were just assholes. And yet, they created music of such surpassing grandeur that it's become timeless and passed into common vernacular. There's no way a book can truly explain this contradiction, and to his credit, author Ribowsky doesn't try. He simply presents the events in their history, explains how they grew out of their backgrounds, and led to their self-destruction. Ultimately, but not tragically, it's the story of a bunch of assholes touched by genius.


  3. Todd Todd says:

    There is a good (maybe even great) Skynyrd story to be told, but this isn't it. When the author quotes Sabbath guitarist Zakk Wylde about an incident that occurred in the mid-70s, and says Zeppelin IV is the biggest selling album in history, you can't be sure that he got anything right. Zakk Wylde was born in 1967, and while he could have heard the story second-hand from Ozzy when he was his guitarist, or from the surviving members of Skynyrd, this whole book is full of, at best, inconsistencies. Let alone his proclamations about how Skynyrd were almost as big as the Eagles; it's sad, really. Someday someone will write a definitive biography of this band, because they deserve it. And they deserve better than this.


  4. Alysa H. Alysa H. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. (Yep, a while ago, back before that program changed to Goodreads Giveaways!)

    While I cannot speak to the factual accuracy of this book -- and neither, apparently, can most of its subjects, living or dead -- I can say that it's a fun dive into 1970s Southern Rock. I enjoyed it, and it made me rethink Skynyrd and their music in a much broader context. The writing sometimes seems to be trying to hard for poignancy, but then, hey, that's to be expected from any rock music bio.


  5. Vincent Vincent says:

    I so wanted to like this book - I really did. I'm a Jacksonville native who has listened to Lynyrd Skynyrd for most of his life, but only recently have I started to learn their backstory. I was six when the plane crashed, so I have no memory of them before then, and in fact I wasn't even really exposed to their music until my teenage years. There is so much to be learned about this fascinating group's meteoric rise to fame, but unfortunately Ribowsky's book is so full of errors and his own political agenda that it's hard to know if anything he has written about the band can be taken seriously.

    First, there is the insanely over-the-top, mind-numbing, and constant bludgeoning of the reader with liberal politics. It would seem impossible that a writer could insert an insult to 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz into a book about a 1970's rock band, but by God he found a way. And Ribowsky went back again and again and again to the debate over the band's usage of the Confederate battle flag onstage and in marketing materials. While the flag was a hot point of political posturing in 2015, I just don't believe it was as controversial in 1975 as the author paints it to be.

    Some points, like the mention of controversial Alabama governor George Wallace are fair game, and Ribowsky wouldn't have been doing his job had he not mentioned them. But my goodness, he just went on and on and on about it. And he never could seem to make up his mind about which point he was trying to make. In one chapter, Ronnie Van Zant is labeled a forwared-thinking, anti-gun liberal of the New South who supported Jimmy Carter, but in the next he's portrayed as a bigoted, back-woods redneck who mocks minorities and abuses women.

    Oh, and Ribowsky's use of the word redneck. I would love to give you a count of how many times that word was used, but my calculator only has nine digits. If you find that word offensive, don't read this book.

    It's blatantly obvious that Ribowsky does not like Republicans or Southerners. So, I am truly puzzled why he would even attempt to write a book about a band of Southern Rockers who appeal to the god-and-guns Republican crowd. Was pointing out how backwards and ignorant their fans are his only motivation for writing this?

    Finally, the factual inaccuracies. Some are simple - like referring to the Arlington area of Jacksonville as Downtown - which it most certainly is not. It's akin to confusing Manhattan with Long Island. Not an insult, just not accurate.

    At another point he seems to be trying to compliment Van Zant by mentioning his self-effacing humor by referencing the lyric Hey fat fellow with the hair colored yellow. Well, that's not the lyric, and a simple review of the 100+ websites dedicated to rock lyrics could have revealed the lyric to be, hey THERE fellow....

    Also, Ribowsky refers to Donnie Van Zant as the lead singer of .38 Special when he in actuality was the lead guitarist. He then rattles off a few songs sung by Don Barnes, not Van Zant.

    At one point, Ribowsky attributes a quote about the band’s behavior on their first tour to Zakk Wylde – literally QUOTES him, even though Wylde at the time was in elementary school, and therefore not the guitarist for Black Sabbath. I have no idea who made the quote, or if Ribowsky simply made it all up.

    The last error that I'll mention (there certainly are dozens more) is his constant reference to guitarist Ed King as a Jersey boy who was never fully accepted by the band - drunken, hate filled rednecks that they were. I don't know much about King, but a quick review of Wikipedia shows that he was born in Glendale, California. His personal Facebook page indicates Van Nuys, California. I can find nothing, not anywhere, about New Jersey. Ribowsky also quotes King a saying how much he hates Southerners because they are so dumb and backwards. Again, a quick glance at his biography shows that he lives in Tennessee. Hmm.

    There were some facts in this book that I thought were fascinating and I would love to tell people about. But based on so much misinformation being included, I'm hesitant to believe ANYTHING that was said in this book.

    Finally, since I listened to the audiobook I'll mention the narrator Jeremy Arthur. Arthur has a deep voice with a strong Southern accent that at first would seem appropriate for a Lynyrd Skynyrd biography. But because so much of the book was geared towards insulting the band and Americans from the South, his voice didn't really fit the tone. And by no real fault of Arthur, half of the time I couldn't tell if he was saying Pyle or Powell when referring to band members Artimus Pyle and Billy Powell.

    Ribowsky has a beautiful and lyrical writing style and I can truly imagine enjoying something that he writes. But this one just didn't work. Too many errors, too many insults, and too much time on the political soapbox.


  6. patrick Lorelli patrick Lorelli says:

    This is an in depth look at the rise and tragic crash of the Band Lnyrnd Skynyrd. This book starts with Ronnie Von Zant, and how he went from a rowdy kid to a rock musician who still fought but could write music, sing and play guitar. This band lived life liked they played music loud wild and free. There are fights, yelling and with fists. There are deals made and deals broken. Goes into how much they drank, took drugs, how long they were on the road and how much money other people made off of him and the band. How the so call manger bought a plane that Aerosmith would not buy, and while the band flew on the plane he flew first class on a commercial airline, all to save a few bucks. Aerosmith thanked there guy and gave him a raise, they were flying in their own private jet bought for 200,000 a Cessna 310. Which by the way Skynyrd could have afforded. You get a look at Ronnie’s broken personal relationships and what it took for them to get certain songs they wanted recorded. How it was so frustrating for them to get a record deal but then to do the music their way, and to record Free Bird. This book starts off with the author talking about how Ronnie Van Zant loved to fight as kid and even when he was older. The book ends the same way, for either the surviving members are either fighting for their lives because of drug and alcohol abuse or they are still fighting one another since the crash. The end of the book is the saddest because of instead of the survivors coming together they went after each other and tried to destroy each other that they were bigger than the other one. When in fact they were all there because of Ronnie, he made them practice, he made them write songs, and yes they fought but they did it together and when they all got on stage or in a recording studio they made magic. Why? Because their music is still great today as when I bought their first album back 1973 and the ones after that, I even have the album with the flames on the cover before they pulled them from the shelves. I still listen to their music and it means more to me now than it did to me as a teenager. This is a good book with a ton of information that I have left out you will not be disappointed in this book. I got this book from net galley.


  7. Don D& Don D& says:

    book is nonsense,,,,funny how zakk wylde was able to comment on the fist fights between rossington and van zant,,,zak was 9 years old.doubt he was in England playing guitar for black Sabbath(?????).zakk didn't hook up with ozzy until he was 20...10 years after the plane crash.


  8. Brian Morgan Brian Morgan says:

    Book tells the story of the destructive lifestyles that doomed this band - the plane crash may have killed them, but they were speeding toward death thru the wild life that they led. Good book, and tells a lot of behind the scenes stories.


  9. Lane Hewitt Lane Hewitt says:

    Comprehensive history of the band that inspires an informed re-appraisal of their music. Reads like a long Mojo article.


  10. Kazia Trujillo Kazia Trujillo says:

    They put a million dollar band in a $1.98 airplane.


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