LYNYRD SKYNYRD Interview
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“I want you to know before we get started that I hate writers so whatever you have to say, say it quick!” he shouted in my face.
Standing nose to nose with him (I have always been pretty gutsy) I asked, “Why do you hate writers? You just met me. Why would you hate me?”
“Because writers lie. They take everything I say out of context and then print it to make me look ignorant,” he said.
“You see this? It’s a tape recorder,” I told him. “I intend to record this interview and when it is printed, if you are misquoted, taken out of context or made to look ignorant I swear I will never do another interview with anyone.”
What was I thinking? I was very naïve, but I meant what I said.
|Ronnie Van Zant|
There was no place to sit but the floor so I made myself comfy on the carpet. (Yes, my hair was long and dark then and my signature felt hat was part of my identity.)
He introduced his friends and when he got to the end, I said, “You don’t have to go any further. I know who Al Kooper is!”
Kooper just looked at me silently, expressionless. I admit I was disappointed. I would rather have been interviewing him at that moment.
Van Zant proceeded to offer me a drink and I declined. He called room service and ordered screwdrivers for everybody. We chatted for a while, conversationally, and then the tray of drinks was delivered. Van Zant placed them on his lap, offered them to his friends and after they declined he started drinking. Later on, the interview began.