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Lynyrd Skynyrd-I'll Never Forget You Paperback – April, 1983

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: A S C Pub (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965661903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965661904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to say thank you to Gene Odom for writing this book. Just a little comment to Brilliant, Ohio, THIS IS NOT A BIOGRAPHY. This book was written by a friend about a friend and I think it was well written. I felt that I learned what Ronnie was like and as wierd as it may seem, I felt like I knew a part of him. I have been to Green Cove Springs, FL and have visited Ronnie's grave in Jacksonville. Ronnie VanZant is a "legend". He wrote music for the working man. Unlike alot of music today. I'm glad that Lynyrd Skynyrd is still carrying on. I also had the opportunity to meet Gene Odom himself at Southern Rock Woodstock in Fairhill, MD and thanked him for writing the book and sharing personal things about him and Ronnie. My father had bought the book at a Molly Hatchet concert back in the late 80's and that was the first time that I had read the book. The book is tattered and torn from so many people borrowing it, I had to buy my own and Gene autographed it for me. I have read "I'll Never Forget You" many times and enjoy reading it everytime. I grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd and music of the like. I guess you could say that I was raised well. =) Thanks again to Gene Odom for sharing.
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This is a Skynyrd Brother again, from Buffalo State College. I had to write in again as soon as I could, because I had the date wrong on the Lynyrd Skynyrd airplane crash. I got the day of the month confused with the tragic passing of their mentor, brother Duane Allman. Duane died October 29th, 1971 following nine hours of surgery, due to a gnarling motorcycle accident on a winding road in Macon, Georgia; where a truck had pulled out in front of him. Skynyrd's tour-jet crashed in the swamps outside McComb, Mississippi, on the night of October 20th, 1977. I think I have the facts correct now; I just wanted to clear up my mistake. Like I said, I've lent my copy of the book to one of my best friends, and I was going by memory, until I checked my booklet from Skynyrd's box set last night. One other thing I'd like to mention, is that not enough always seems to get said about the other people that lost their lives in the plane crash. These were the pilot and co-pilot (I'm sorry I don't recall their complete names and correct spellings, but they are in Gene's book; And Dean Kilpatrick - a fine artist, friend and crew member (I believe he was apointed head of their road crew); Steve and Cassie Gaines (the band's then "new" guitarist and his sister, a back-up vocalist who brought him to the band); And if I'm correct, I believe drummer Artimus Pyle said his father was on the plane. This may seem trivial to some cold fish like our 'Brilliant' reader from Ohio, but to their friends and family, I'm sure their grief has nothing to do with fame and stardom. They were flesh-and-blood human beings, with mothers and fathers and husbands & wives and children; they deserve more than just a passing mention every time the Skynyrd tragedy is brought up.Read more ›
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This is ABSOLUTEly, hands down, one of THE BEST BOOKs I HAVE EVER had the pleadure of READing. Period. I met Gene Odom and bought his book when he was on the tour with the Johnny VAN ZANT band in the mid '80s. Johnny VAN ZANT was playing the Rooftop's Sky-Room on Seneca Street in South Buffalo, New York, on the heels of his BRICKYARD ROAD album; the hit title-cut of which was a heart-warming tribute to his older brother, the late-great Ronnie Van Zant (the original vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd). On the way out I stopped at the concession table to check out the concert T-shirts, and noticed a paperback book for sale entitled I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU. A great photograph of Ronnie with his arms around his other friends in his Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, led me to know exactly what this was, and I had to buy one immediately! Q:"Is this a book about Ronnie?" "Yes, we were best friends," Gene answered. "I was his personal bodyguard and head of security for Lynyrd Skynyrd". "Wow," I remarked, totally blown away. Here was a guy who had been best friends with one of my all-time favourite musicians. He was a smiling, genuinely warm-hearted and nice person. "Were you in the plane-crash?" "Yeah, I survived it". Wow. "Yeah, I'll never forget the day I heard about it and read it in the paper. That's the first time I was ever really mad at God. (Pause) Yeah, I don't blame things on God anymore, but I was surely hurt and confused that day; I still haven't gotten over it. Well, I'm glad you're still here with us." Gene autographed my book and I told him I was going to go home and read it immediately, which is exactly what I did. In fact, I read it twice that night; I just couldn't put it down.Read more ›
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I would gratefully like to continue my review of Gene Odom's warm rememberances of his close friendship with Ronnie Van Zant and the other members of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd Band. I was not able to finish my review Saturday night due to circumsrances beyond my control. I was suprised that I was the first one to review this book, but also happy to see that it was even listed, because I assumed that it was out of print. I have been to a few of the "revamped" Skynyrd summertime concerts at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien County, New York (excellent shows), and always check the concession stand for more copies (for friends & family) to no avail. I went there for the first Lynyrd Skynyrd Reunion/Tribute Tour in 1987 (or was it '89?), again in 1994 and this past summer, Aug-1998. Anyway, to continue my review, Gene Odom goes on to describe how he successfully convinced Ronnie and the guys to tone down their heavy drinking, which they actually did. They realized they played better when they weren't so tanked that they "had to be poured into the van one on top of the other" after their gigs, and heartfully thanked their then-head-of-security buddy for the wise encouragement. Their increasing success led to bigger and better modes of transportation til they found themselves with their own chartered airplane with which to travel the '70s concert circuit, like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Bad Company. Skynyrd's brilliant songwriting, hard work and incessant touring had surely put them in "the big leagues.Read more ›
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