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No greater Americana legend in music then Ronnie Van Zant, has been trampled on. With only one remaining member who ever played a recorded lick on a track or two, Lynyrd Skynyrd has decided to drop the Confederate flag as part of their aesthetic.
On the strength of Atlanta music scene indie heroes, Drive By Trucker’s, Southern Rock Opera, all got a fuller picture of the legend:
Now Ronnie and Neil became good friends their feud was just in song
Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
So He wrote “Powderfinger” for Skynyrd to record
But Ronnie ended up singing “Sweet Home Alabama” to the lord
And Neil helped carry Ronnie in his casket to the ground
And to my way of thinking, us southern men need both of them around
-”Ronnie and Neil”, Drive By Truckers
In the glam rock scene, there is much discussion, all negative, about the multiple acts using the same name–there are two Great Whites, and two LA Guns touring right now, for example. And Axl takes a load of heat for still using the Guns N Roses name, even though he is the only one left–Axl who once covered himself in the Confederate flag to sing the Midwest isolationist anthem, “Civil War”, and one who lost a relative in the late Unpleasantness that seemed to play on his mind.
But whatever have we done, to live long enough, to see the great Lynyrd Skynyrd bastardized by the corporate manager, attempting to promote an album with of all titles, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed”?
Neil Young helped lower the coffin into the ground.