The Tragedy of Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Angel of darkness is upon you . . . the smell of death surrounds you.” — “That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynyrd; recorded in the summer of 1977 in Doraville, Georgia. One of the last songs Ronnie Van Zant wrote

On October 19, 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd finished their show at South Carolina’s Greenville Memorial Auditorium and prepared to depart for their next gig in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the following day. This was their…