Book Description: Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story is the first narrative biography to examine the roots, evolution, and eventual emergence of one of the most captivating bands in the history of rock and roll. Though plagued by devastating personal tragedy, numerous personnel changes brought on by the ravages of working on the road, and the untimely deaths of some of its founding members, Lynyrd Skynyrd has continued to record, tour, and produce bestselling albums. Interwoven within this fascinating portrait are in-depth biographies, including the inside stories of the intricate interband relationships; the truth behind the charges of vehicular manslaughter, child molestation, and broken contracts; the origins of their songs; and much, much more. The result is a mesmerizing look at how this southern rock legend endured and prevailed despite a history laden with professional disadvantages, personal loss, and the ego-fueled transition to international stardom. Recently nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrates stoic independence and bar-hopping camaraderie. The band's music infiltrates the mind with images of Southern landscapes, hard-driving women, and the importance of home and family. This fascinating bio features one-on-one interviews with music legends Charlie Daniels, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody; producer Al Kooper; Johnny Van Zant, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Ed King, Artimus Pyle, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, the widows of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and band members, family members, and record company executives. Also featured are dozens of never-before-published photographs, as well as a complete discography and bibliography.