Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, and Me ... Gene Odom

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iUniverse, Apr 27, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 112 pages
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During a time when toughskin blue jeans, button-down shirts, and flat-top haircuts were all the rage, Gene Odom and Ronnie Van Zant became best friends. Growing up on the same block, Ronnie and Gene fished, played football, and dreamed together. Years later, one of the boys would become famous—and the other would stand by his side through thick and thin. This is the story of two young men from the same neighborhood, school, and world who together, discovered the meaning of true friendship.

As Ronnie’s dreams of becoming a professional musician finally became a reality, Lynyrd Skynyrd began selling out arenas and became famous for not only their music, but also their substance abuse. After Ronnie offered Gene a job as a security officer for the band, he embarked on an unforgettable journey into a world like no other. But everything would change in October 1977 when the plane carrying the band plummeted from the sky.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, and Me ... Gene Odom provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it was like to be friends with one of the biggest rock stars of the 1970s and how a friendship between two childhood buddies stood the test of time.


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After meeting Gene, he only knows the truth. Too many people try to take advantage of anyone associated with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Seeing that Gene and Ronnie were best friends, throughout, who else would you listen to? He was very honest and forthcoming to me. Dave Hlubek from Hatchet shook my hand, because I tried to help book sales. That's good enough. Gene really is a "Simple Man". I like that. I hate that people try to ride on someone else's accomplishments, but I wasn't there. You can find my picture in this book. As far as others involved with this book, I don't know them.
Ron "RoosterpuDDin" Isbell

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