Yep, whatever you think of their politics or their culture, Lynyrd Synyrd could jam. They were awesome.Oh, I'm not going to get into the whole Southern-Rock and Confederate flag thing, just...well, the event was a moment of my youth - a band we listened to was suddenly gone - an event that would re-occur often, unfortunately.
Yeah and think what you will about Hitler, he gave us the Volkswagon and the autobahn, not to mention what was probably the worlds greatest urban renewal project, ever.Yep, whatever you think of their politics or their culture, Lynyrd Synyrd could jam. They were awesome.
+1"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Charles Dickens nailed it, he could have been talking about the US in the mid 60s-mid 70s. I came of age (born in 1955) in those turbulent times. Some of the best rock music ever made came out of that turmoil, I am glad I got to grow up with it. "Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we're finally on our own, this summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio." 58,000 American soldiers. Buddy, Otis, Jimmy, Janice, Jim, and on and on...
The Confederate flag wasn't all that political until fairly recently, Black people wore the thing both ironically and unironically.Oh, I'm not going to get into the whole Southern-Rock and Confederate flag thing, just...well, the event was a moment of my youth - a band we listened to was suddenly gone - an event that would re-occur often, unfortunately.
Ronnie loved Neil Young and they supposedly jammed together, he even wore his Neil Young t-shirt on stage. There was no animosity, there was love between those two, Young even wrote two songs for LS that were not recorded before the plane crash ...As a Northerner, I far prefer Free Bird to Sweet Home Alabama. The lines "Now Watergate does not bother me. Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth." are so ludicrous as to be pure nonsense. Actually the rest of the song is pretty ridiculous too, Neil Young's Southern Man is far superior, Lynard Skynard failed miserably with their rebuttal in my opinion.
EDIT: I realize that the Lynard Skynard's song was a response to Young's Alabama as well as Southern Man.
Anyway RIP Ronnie, Steve, et al.