ROCK’S COMPLICATED HISTORY WITH THE CONFEDERATE FLAG


The divisive image - which many view as a symbol of racism due to its connections with slavery, while others argue is an emblem of Southern pride - has a long history with many rock artists.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is arguably the classic rock group most closely associated with the flag. The iconic Southern rock band incorporated its image into merchandise and marketing material for decades following their rise to fame in the early '70s, while also routinely using the Confederate flag as a backdrop during their live performances. The Stars and Bars was even prominently featured on the cover to their 1988 live album Southern by the Grace of God.

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