Broken Bottles, Severed Hands and Drunken Carnage: The Real Story Behind Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Infamous ‘Bloodbath In Hamburg’

Every group needs a leader, and in Lynyrd SkynyrdIn the case of Ronnie Van Zant. Standing just over five and a half feet in his cowboy boots, which he lacked in physical stature, he made up for in his presence and attitude.

Quick-tempered and quick-fisted, Ronnie ruled Skynyrd with an iron rod. When he drank, he turned into that late guitarist Gary Rossington called “a badass who loved to fight”, and Rossington and his comrades had the blues to prove it.

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