Veterans and military members can receive free e-book about Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant
Published: November 20, 2012 11:54AM
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:56AM

Ronnie Van Zant, founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died 35 years ago in an airplane crash.

Now a book honoring Van Zant, written by Ron Eckerman, will be given away in e-book format free to members of the Armed Forces and veterans until Christmas.

“The other day I was on a radio program that went out to our military and I announced I'd give each and every one of them a free ebook for Christmas,” Eckerman says in a press release. “I hope everybody will spread the word for me. They'll be able to order it from www.turnitupbook.com starting on Thanksgiving Day, formatted for their phone, laptop, ereader or tablet.”

Eckerman was with the band two of the four years Lynyrd Skynyrd was on the map before Van Zant's death, and both witnessed and assisted in their climb to the top of the music industry. Now, after 35 years of silence, Eckerman recounts his experiences with the band and the horror of the plane crash in his book, Turn It Up!

“This book was a labor of love. There was an important piece of music history missing, a tremendous amount of misleading and false information out there... it had to be cleared up,” Eckerman continues. “So I created a factual manuscript that reveals the personalities and relationships of one of the most iconic bands in music history - Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

Eckerman was a tour manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd and has taught theater and artist management at Santa Monica College.

The book is available in all ebook formats and can be read on any electronic reading device. To order a copy, members of the military and veterans can go to the website www.turnitupbook.com and follow the ordering instructions, beginning on Thanksgiving Day and lasting until Christmas Day.