” As I Recall … JACKSONVILLE’S PLACE IN AMERICAN ROCK HISTORY,” is a reflective look at some of those responsible for the placement of Jacksonville, Florida on the universal map of rock and roll. This autobiographical account of personal and professional triumph and tragedy takes the reader through the formative years of both Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, recounting those days when making records was only a dream.
Former 38 Special stage manager and co-writer, Larry Steele, gives a first-hand account of growing up on the Westside of Jacksonville, of forming his first band with Allen Collins, and of the journey they each pursued, where scores of novice musicians sought a better way of life.
Steele describes his own experiences as a musician, along with the friendships that would endure the rivalry which existed between his own band and those who would eventually become Lynyrd Skynyrd.
After years of performing with various bands in the North Florida area, including a brief stint with Skynyrd in 1973, he would begin his employment with 38 Special in January, 1980. From here is chronicled the 38 story from its very beginning: the frustrations of living in the shadow of Skynyrd while trying to perfect a sound of their own, and their decision to push forward after the tragic loss of their friend, brother and mentor, Ronnie Van Zant.
From the rehearsal hall, to the recording studios, to headlining the most renowned concert venues of North America, Europe and Japan, take a ride on the buses, planes and bullet trains that took them all the way there.