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My Years with Lynyrd Skynyrd

Love, Life, and Death, Southern Style

by Ron Eckerman 

Plane crash survivor and former rock and roll tour manager Ron Eckerman pours out his heart and soul in this memoir of life on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd during their rise to international stardom. His book includes the details of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of singer and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, back-up singer Cassie Gaines, and assistant tour manager Dean Kilpatrick.

Original Book Release: October 20, 2011
Re-released: August 2014 in memory of Ron Eckerman
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Ron was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in May of 2013, and lost his battle on May 11, 2014. 

For more information on Ron's cancer battle, please see the Acute Myeloid Leukemia page attached to this site.

Thank you to all the friends and fans who overwhelmed Ron and Carolyn with the outpouring of love and prayers during his cancer fight. 

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the leukemia department at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Also special thanks to the billing and admissions department for accepting Ron into the program for those who have no health insurance. Without you, his life would have ended so much sooner. 

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