Ronnie Van Zant - ROCK AT THE GARDENS (1948-1977)

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I took this picture at the Jacksonville Memorial Gardens of the marker where Ronnie Van Zant was buried over 34 years ago after a fatal plane crash in 1977. Ronnie Van Zant was the founder, singer and leader of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. I pass by this beautiful place often but seldom stop. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a major influence in my youth and I'm sure Ronnie Van Zant has also influenced my adult life as well. I still can't believe how fast those 34 years have traveled. ;)

54 responses

  • Dennis Blauer

    Dennis Blauer said (12 Jan 2008):

    yeah! that is so true for me also and now that i think about it, Lynyrd Skynyrd pretty much set the standard for Southern Rock that still holds true today. i recently found a copy of the album that shows them all previous to the crash, with the fire, at a garage sale! man! i miss albums! i think the music industry really hurt pop art when they made the switch to 8-tracks, then to cassettes, then to CDs, and now music doesn't even have cover art! By the way, what do i have to do to get my name url, to point to my Flickr account like yours?

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (19 Jan 2008):

    well composed photo & this was such a tragic event

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski said (21 Mar 2008):

    Nice photo tribute to a great rock icon! and Dennis.......I'm with you on the albums -- of course, I've been lugging mine around for 30 something years. My son continues to add to the collection though, which is cool.

  • David C. Kennedy

    David C. Kennedy said (22 Mar 2008):

    I've often thought about what Ronnie's final resting place looked like - thanks so much for posting the cool shot. I'm just another person who was profoundly moved by Lynyrd Skynyrd's music. No doubt one of the all-time greatest rock bands! It's good to know some people still listen to and care about the band and Ronnie. Great rock from the past seems to be dying among the youth of today and it's a real shame because it's truly timeless music that I feel transcends changing styles and trends. I can only keep hoping that music with quality songwriting and excellent musicianship will eventually make a real comeback. RIP to all of the Skynyrd boys ( and girls ) who have passed away. Thank God we still have their fantastic music!

  • Kat

    Kat gave props (22 Mar 2008):

    Thanks for getting this shot! I grew up listening to Ronnie as well & now it's so awesome to hear my son at 17 playing his music on the guitar. The black & white & the shadows are perfect. I can only imagine the feelings going through you as you stood there.

  • Ariana Bauer

    Ariana Bauer said (24 Mar 2008):

    Such a simple gravestone for an incredible musician. I may be young, but I grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd and adore their music. I wish I could have seen them all play together.

  • maloos khansarian

    maloos khansarian said (27 Mar 2008):

    simple....I like it very & white

  • Eric Abernethy

    Eric Abernethy said (27 Mar 2008):

    I grew in NC and still live here and you know I can dig this. Southern Rock that will never die.

  • Jeff Cochran

    Jeff Cochran gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    I cant believe it's been 30 years,were did it go

  • Carrie Scott

    Carrie Scott said (7 Apr 2008):

    great the shadows

  • Dave Dubrick

    Dave Dubrick gave props (24 Apr 2008):

    You did a great job capturing this. Well done.

  • Masha Ivanova

    Masha Ivanova (Deleted) said (26 Apr 2008):

    interesting. so sad and interesting

  • Gerard sexton

    Gerard sexton (Deleted) said (5 May 2008):

    interesting although from my era i never really knew much of their music only the really popular stuff. i googled ronnie & discovered what i never realised or probably knew but was too stoned for it to register! sad the grave had to be moved!

  • victor jackson

    victor jackson said (26 May 2008):

    I used to hang out in the garage n their early days.

  • Kristin Platts

    Kristin Platts gave props (27 May 2008):

    Free Bird!

  • Katy Wimer

    Katy Wimer gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Beautiful. I like that you captured the shadow of the tree.

  • Jim Glass

    Jim Glass said (8 Jun 2008):

    Great photo! Lynyrd Skynyrd is the best band in America, both then and now.

  • Alan Graham

    Alan Graham said (19 Jun 2008):

    30 years ago?!?!?!?!?!?!
    Oh God, I'm old.

  • Anne Brisco

    Anne Brisco (Deleted) said (24 Jun 2008):

    I love how the palm frames this memorial. Very well done. Your ability to capture so much within a frame is wonderful. I really enjoy your work.

  • Raf M

    Raf M said (10 Jul 2008):

    How cool was that to be there.. You go to Salinas California?

  • Kristine Bailey

    Kristine Bailey gave props (16 Jul 2008):

    Nice Tribute to Ronnie!

  • Shirley Cowell

    Shirley Cowell said (6 Aug 2008):

    Walking through cemetaries is something I like to do so a picture like this feels like home. You are so on the mark with the past 30 years. It's been just a tick of the clock.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Got my vote; YEAH !!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    Hell my vote!!

  • Donna Adamski

    Donna Adamski gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks. 1st concert I ever went to. Then and now one of my favorite bands.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2008):


  • Virginia Norrie

    Virginia Norrie said (31 Aug 2008):

    Awesome shot, I love capturing nature in any shot. It reminds us of the natural beauty that always surrounds us anywhere we are - you can always find beauty! I believe I was at the last concert before the crash in Hollywood, Fla. They played at the Hollywood Sportatorium, I was 16. What a great concert. What a terrible tragedy.

  • Julie Steidl

    Julie Steidl gave props (1 Sep 2008):

    All I can say is "N I C E" !

  • Mark Krajnak

    Mark Krajnak said (2 Sep 2008):

    Got my vote!

  • Randy Fite

    Randy Fite gave props (3 Sep 2008):

    hope to have a free bird on my stone when the time comes

  • Sk Wier

    Sk Wier gave props (6 Sep 2008):

    Excellent photo (as well as the comments about it)! I really like your use of shadow on the tomb stone. It adds a sense of depth and emotion to the shot!

  • Maurizio Giglio

    Maurizio Giglio gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Excellent shot!

  • Debbie Dancer

    Debbie Dancer gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    wonderful shot. brings to mind "Free Bird"..Rock on!!!!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (25 Sep 2008):

    X-cellent entry and capture Paul! Keep the Faith!

  • Norman Caldwell

    Norman Caldwell (Deleted) gave props (26 Sep 2008):

    All the years we used to listen to his music. Great tribute.

  • tom leeman

    tom leeman said (5 Oct 2008):


  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (9 Oct 2008):

    Definately ROCKS!

  • Selina Jackson

    Selina Jackson gave props (13 Oct 2008):

    got my vote

  • Jun Villaruz

    Jun Villaruz said (30 Oct 2008):

    RIP Ronnie..

  • Kelly Rockett

    Kelly Rockett gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    29 is way too young to die. He was young and touched so many lives with his music. Those were good times and I missthe music and the times. I feel sorry for our youth, today, They haven't a clue. RIP Mr Van Zant. We still love the music, today.

  • Muki Aledori

    Muki Aledori said (16 Mar 2009):

    I like this shot, it's poetic

  • vitorio benedetti

    vitorio benedetti said (11 May 2009):

    Free Bird.

  • David Stephen

    David Stephen gave props (28 May 2009):

    My all-time favorite band...

  • Wendy Marlow

    Wendy Marlow (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    I think I like this one most of all of them. Skynyrd was an awesome band and they are missed every day.

  • Joy McCalla

    Joy McCalla gave props (20 Sep 2009):

    Beautiful capture

  • Michael LeBlanc

    Michael LeBlanc said (9 Apr 2011):

    really cool shot!

  • Vinny Vance

    Vinny Vance said (15 Apr 2011):

    Saw them a few times...where is he buried?...Gainesville FL?...One of the greatest live bands ever...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    I remember the airplane crash very well. We were living in Birmingham, Alabama, and the band had only recently released "Sweet Home, Alabama." The state mourned. I didn't realize that Ronnie was born in '48 -- the same year I was born. He was only 29! The photo is very moody and evocative. Nice work.

  • Rob van Praag

    Rob van Praag said (26 Feb 2012):

    I hope Neil young will remember............

  • Rob van Praag

    Rob van Praag said (26 Feb 2012):

    I think the Van Zants are from Dutch origin, like the captain....Don van Vliet

  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker gave props (8 Aug 2012):

    Great shot of Ronnie's resting place. I can almost hear "Freebird".

  • Brescia Porter

    Brescia Porter gave props (12 Nov 2014):

    Beautiful tribute

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