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Turn it Up! My Years with Lynyrd Skynyrd

Love, Life, and Death, Southern Style
Narrated by: Ron Eckerman
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Former tour manager and plane crash survivor Ron Eckerman reveals the rigors of life on the road as Lynyrd Skynyrd takes the world by storm in 1976, and the ironic turn of events preceding the tragic plane crash in 1977. Ron narrated this audio originally in 2011.

Ron lost a one year battle with acute myeloid leukemia in May of 2014. He asked just a few

weeks prior to his passing to re-release the paperback, add photos, and donate any proceeds to the Leukemia Foundation. A book about Ron's cancer battle, The Last Tour: Love, Laughter, and Tears was released in November of 2014 by his wife and caregiver, about his courageous battle against leukemia. He never gave up hope and he never stopped smiling. It is also available on Amazon as in paperback and Kindle, and will soon be released in audio. The Last Tour: Love, Laughter, and Tears by Carolyn Day, and proceeds will also go to the Leukemia Foundation.

©2011 Carolyn Day (P)2015 Carolyn Day

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Loved this book, a great tribute to the original band.

Very well written acconunt of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the early years and up until the crash. Ron Eckerman is an incredibly interesting and brilliant man, his stories about life on the road were entertaining and gave a behind the scenes look for any Skynyrd fan.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd the way it really happened

very informative I didn't know that they could be so self-destructive with all their heavy drinking and heavy drug use

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Great book

i bought the audiobook becourse im a big fan of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd and this book really makes you feel like you are on tour with the band i must have listen to it 20 times great book

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

This was an awesome story, so easy to listen and follow along to. Paints an easy to read picture of what life was like as a professional rock band on the road, not only for the bands members ,but there're crew as well. Leaves us only to imagine how big this band could have become, for they were reaching the top as it was, if it wasn't for theyre tragic demise. Awesome listen!! Highly recommend!

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Heart warming story of rock and roll and family

A rare look behind the curtain of the best Band to every grace the stage. Told by someone who was right there with them. Great book. Makes you miss Ronnie, Steve and Cassie that much more.

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SKYNYRD'S LAST 2 YEARS

THIS IS A GREAT DAY BY DAY VIEW OF SKYNYRD'S LAST 2 YEARS. NARRATED BY ASST. TOUR MANAGER RON ECKERMAN. HE TAKES THE BLAME FOR THE CRASH, HARD TO LIVE WITH THAT. HE TELLS MANY STORIES ABOUT THE BAND. ONLY NEGATIVE IS, HE SOMETIMES TALKS ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE, BUT NOT TOO MUCH. IF YOU ARE A BIG FAN LIKE ME, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IF YOUR NOT A FAN, YOU PROBABLY WON'T CARE ABOUT THE STORIES, BUT I DO!!

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Very well done. Never thought I would enjoy a audio book, after reading the book on three

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Ron eckerman, really brings this book to life!

The way Ron told the story, I felt like I had known these guys..just down home people from the south like me. I remember hearing about the plane crash, I was getting up and ready for school that morning.. Wow how devastating the news was that dreadful day...
I would and will definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves the lynyrd skynyrd band! Or just fans of southern rock period!
The book is well written and Ron brings it to life with such detail of what it took to keep this band on the road....a great read!

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  • 09-23-19

Great insight into life in Lynyrd Skynyrd

Great inside view of life in the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Some truly wild and hair raising stuff! Hilarious and also tragic. This in indeed Rock’n’Roll!

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  • 07-23-19

Triumph and tragedy

If you're a fan of Skynyrd then you will find this account of their life on the road entertaining and interesting. Written and read with enthusiasm and skill by Ron Eckerman who was their tour manager at the time of the fatal plane crash, but who was one of the lucky ones to survive relatively unscathed. There is so much humour and colour in this book that you just have to get it and enjoy it. Though there is of course this sadness too that this great band loved by so many was cruelly devastated whilst still in its prime.