Showtime Debuts Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Aug. 18

‘If I Leave Here Tomorrow’ depicts southern-fried band’s ups and downs, including death of Ronnie Van Zant
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The documentary Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow premieres on Showtime Aug. 18. Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring interviews and never-before-seen footage, the film “takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands,” said Showtime. “Rising from the swamps of the Deep South, these good ol’ boys from Jacksonville, Florida came to define an era with their hard-rocking boogie-woogie sound, soulful lyrics, drunken and dangerous antics and their controversial use of the rebel flag.”

The film also serves as a portrait of band leader Ronnie Van Zant, whose life was cut short by a plane crash when he was 29.

Still from Lynyrd Skynyrd special (Showtime)

If I Leave Here Tomorrow is primarily narrated by Gary Rossington, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Commentary comes from drummer Artimus Pyle, songwriter Ed King, producer Al Kooper and others.

The band’s classic songs include “Free Bird,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Showtime has released a steady stream of music docs, including Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Whitney. “Can I Be Me” and New Wave: Dare to be Different, about progressive former Long Island radio station WLIR. Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley or Bust debuts July 27.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow is produced by Diane Becker and John Battsek for Passion Pictures in association with CMT Productions. Andrew Ruhemann, Brian Philips, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon are executive producers.

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