A reflective look at some of those responsible for the placement of Jacksonville, Florida on the universal map of rock and roll.
This autobiographical account of personal and professional triumph and tragedy takes the reader through the formative years of both Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, recounting those days when making records was only a dream.
Former 38 Special stage manager and co-writer, Larry Steele, gives a first-hand account of growing up on the Westside of Jacksonville, of forming his first band with Allen Collins, and of the journey they each pursued, where scores of novice musicians sought a better way of life.
Steele describes his own experiences as a musician, along with the friendships that would endure the rivalry which existed between his own band and those who would eventually become Lynyrd Skynyrd.
After years of performing with various bands in the North Florida area, including a brief stint with Skynyrd in 1973, Steele would begin his employment with 38 Special in January, 1980.
From here is chronicled the 38 story from its very beginning; the frustrations of living in the shadow of Skynyrd while trying to perfect a sound of their own, and the decision to push forward after the tragic loss of their friend, brother and mentor, Ronnie Van Zant.
From the rehearsal hall, to the recording studios, to headlining the most renowned concert venues of North America, Europe and Japan, take a ride on the buses, planes and bullet trains that took them all the way there.
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About the Author
As a direct result of the Beatles' arrival in early 1964, Steele was among hundreds of thousands of young Americans to begin putting together his own band, the first of which was co-founded with future Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins. While possessing a deep appreciation for music of all genres, Steele's preference for rock has never diminished.
After sixteen years of performing with various bands throughout North Florida and South Georgia, Steele was employed by 38 Special in January, 1980, as their Stage Manager. Later that same year he became a co-writer for the band.
After the completion of 5 North American Tours and 3 World Tours, Steele's employment with 38 came to an end in 1987.
Following 27 years in the wholesale electronics industry, Steele is now retired in Jacksonville, where he resides with his wife and three dogs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are any type of fan of Southern Rock, this book is a MUST READ! It is definitely not another "road to stardom" mediocre biography that we've all read in the past, but actually takes you on a helluva ride through the ups and downs, trials and tribulations and even personal experiences with some of southern rocks most elite bands and members. We all have heard the stories that accompany our obsessions with our favorite bands, but this author's vivid descriptions somehow capture and place you back in time as if you were there and actually apart of this history in the making. I could not put this book down once I started and the feeling that lingers is emotionally gratifying.
I was born in the 80s, so growing up as a 80/90s child, with Debbie Gibson and New Kids On the Block on the radio 100% of the time, I was raised on Pink Floyd, Def Leppard, Lynard Skynard, Bad Company, 38 Special...... So when I saw this on my brothers shelf, it immediately piqued my interest. I sat on the couch intending to skim through it, but ended up sitting there for hours reading it. Larry Steele totally captured every scene for me, I felt like I was in the apartment with them, I was in the bar, I was in the car, I was watching everything play out infront of me. Being that its a type of biography you immediately relate to the author, I was happy with him, and let down with him, and at moments horribly sad with him. All in all what a fun ride, a quick easy read but so cool to see how the small garage bands grow to fame (not easy) the inside secrets, the back stabbing, the comaraderie. Just a great story. I am def a fan and will be looking out for books by him in the future!
This is one fantastic book. Larry recalls people, places and events in our town of Jacksonville, Florida that produced some of the very best musicians. The setting is right before the Beatles invaded America. The place is Lake Shore Jr. High School, then expanding into Robert E. Lee High School and from there into big arenas. Larry outlines in this musical journey with his friends of Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, events all around the world. This is the real historical deal when it comes to what really happened, when it happened and how it happened. I am truly enjoying this book and I highly recommend it.