Monday, August 13, 2018

The Southern Muse of Ronnie Van Zant


The 1970’s were an interesting time in the South. The 1970’s were the last time Southerners could be Southern without feeling the need to apologize for, or be ironic about, their Southern identity. In fact, in the 1970’s, it seemed to actually go a little beyond this. We shouldn’t push this too far, but in 1970’s America there seemed to be an acceptance of the South as a cultural asset to American life, something that added value to that classic 70’s notion of the ‘Great American Melting Pot.’ In America in the 1970’s, being Southern could be a good thing. It could even been cool to be Southern.


  1. I embraced Skynyrd and my inner hillbilly at an early age.

  2. There's a video clip of Lynryd Skynyrd in Oakland, CA with their giant Confederate Flag backdrop. Everyone was enjoying themselves and with no protests. There was tolerance for diversity back then and everyone knew that flag was simply celebrating Southern Pride and Heritage. Now it would bring out ignorance, bigotry and even violent intolerance. Too bad!! How far we have fallen!! --Ron W

    1. How far we have fallen!!

      Indeed and I never tire of posting this. Maybe time to do it again. Girls= no makeup, no rings, no Tattoos just wholesome.