Music: The Rotgut Life

No American rock group works harder or equals the decibel level of Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band of seven Southerners who seldom see their homes outside Jacksonville. An energetic blend of English heavy metal and funky, rural blues, Skynyrd's music occasionally dominates its lyrics, but their teeny-tot fans like it that way. The group, named after the members' high school gym teacher (perversely spelled but phonetically pronounced), has sold more than 3 million albums. Its fifth LP, One More from the Road, has recorded sales of 350,000 copies since its release four weeks ago.

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