When Lynyrd Skynyrd emerged onto the world stage in 1973, it was the result of a collective determination. The group had struggled to gain recognition since their formation eight years earlier. The music industry had decided that they were just another act in the Southern Rock movement, it eventually became apparent that they had the potential to become one of the finest rock bands in history.
They were led by the headstrong and domineering Ronnie Van Zant — a tough, blue collar brawler with his powerful stage presence, distinctive vocals and gritty, honest lyrics. His energy and vision propelled the group until its tragic end in 1977.
This film revisits the story of Lynyrd Skynyrd in a manner never before attempted. It uses a mixture of seldom seen film, new and archive interviews, contributions from an esteemed panel of members past and present (as well as those closest to the group), plus location shoots, rare photographs, news reports, and a harrowing first-hand description of the fateful 1977 plane crash.