Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Rock Reads: Turn it Up by Ron Eckerman

Reviewed by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
Eckerman is a concert tour manager and he was handling Lynyrd Skynyrd around the time of the release of their Gimme Back My Bullets album. In Turn it Up! (a reference to the beginning of "Sweet Home Alabama") Eckerman reveals that he didn't really want the job; he was aware of the band's reputation for being difficult and he didn't even (at the time) particularly care for their music. Against his better judgment Eckerman signed on for a six-week stint where besides handling the business of tour management he had to basically baby sit the booze and coked-up band, sometimes heading off the brawls they were trying to start and other times just picking up the pieces afterwards. About the time his initial stint ended Eckerman was starting to like the band, particularly singer Ronnie Van Zant, and he had earned their respect too. So he re-upped, essentially agreeing to road manage Skynyrd permanently, and that meant that he was with them when their plane crashed in 1977, killing Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, back-up singer Cassie Gaines, fellow band employee Dean Kilpatrick and the plane's 2-man crew. So really Eckerman tells two stories here; the plane crash plays out via each chapter's introductory paragraphs while a very detailed description of life on the road with the southern rock hellions comprises most of the book. Eckerman's marriage was hanging on by a thread during this entire period, another factor that was sucking the sanity out of his life but that adds flavor to a story already packed with outrageous personalities and situations. By book's end, where Eckerman wakes up in the hospital and groggily hears of the crash carnage, he's told his story in such a way that the reader feels the loss as their own. A bit sadly though, in the final pages Eckerman states that as Skynyrd's tour manager he feels that he was the only one who could've prevented the tragedy by canceling the ill-fated flight, suspecting that the backfiring of the plane's engines on a previous flight indicated a lack of airworthiness. Turn it Up! though is definitely not written with the relief of guilt in mind; Eckerman clearly loves rock'n'roll and the men and women who make it and it shows on every page here.


Share this article


tell a friend about this article

.


...end





.
News Reports
.

Day in Rock: Family Confirms AC/DC's Malcolm Young Has Dementia- Jimmy Page Looks To Form New Band- New Found Glory Claims One Direction Stole Their Song- Weezer CD Stream- more

Day in Pop Chris Brown Vs TMZ- Jennifer Lopez Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver- Annie Lennox Calls Out Beyonce As 'Feminist Lite'- One Direction Fans Vs Jon Stewart- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Scott Ian Relives Metallica Drama In Excerpt From Memoir- Queen Release Alternate Version of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills- Rancid Releases Video For Three New Songs- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock



.
Top Rock News Stories

Today's Full Day in Rock Report

Family Confirms AC/DC's Malcolm Young Has Dementia

Jimmy Page Looks To Form New Band

New Found Glory Claims One Direction Stole Their Song

Weezer Streaming New Album Online

Guns N' Roses' Bumblefoot Says It's Not So Easy For Axl Rose

Judas Priest Already Looking Forward To Next Album

Sixx A.M. Went For Bigger Vibe On New Album

Halestorm Producing 'Magical' Moments In The Studio

Nine Below Zero's Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour

Pink Floyd Engineer Andy Jackson Releasing New Album

Yes and IO Earth Lead Cruise To The Edge Lineup

Top Pop News Stories

Today's Full Day in Pop Report

Chris Brown Vs TMZ

Jennifer Lopez Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver

Annie Lennox Calls Out Beyonce As 'Feminist Lite'

One Direction Fans Vs Jon Stewart

Preacher Threatens Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy with Lawsuit Over Sample

Rain Man Sues Krewella For $5 Million

Steve Aoki and Parody Site in Cease and Desist Battle

Gwen Stefani Working On New Album With Pharrell

Florida Georgia Line Reveal New Song Bumpin' the Night

Darius Rucker Releases Homegrown Honey Video

Dierks Bentley Raises $335K at Miles & Music Benefit

Latest Reviews

Recent Reviews and Interviews

Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years

MorleyView St. Madness

Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One

Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken

On The Record: The Turtles- Skylar Gudasz

Quick Flicks: David Bowie is

Road Trip: Elvis in Shreveport: Still in the Building

Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

MorleyView From Light Rose The Angels

Death - Leprosy

Road Trip: Under the Volcano: Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email- Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.