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Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin [Paperback]

Chris Welch , Chris Charlesworth
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6 Oct 2002
Wrestler turned rock manager, the late Peter Grant made his name as the manager of Led Zeppelin, helping to turn them into rock's biggest attraction by the mid Seventies. The book reveals the facts about his suspended prison sentence, his dispute with the group over unpaid royalties and his retiring from the music industry , and his rumoured heroin addiction.Written with the full co-operation of Grant's family and friends to give a unique access into the most fabled and feared man in the music business.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (6 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711991952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711991958
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Provides an illuminating read for anyone wondering about the ravages of rock supremacy. It's particularly good on the subject of Zep's peculiar movie, The Song Remains the Same. With the details of Zep's rise and fall receding into history, their legend and influence secure. this story's medley of tragic endings reminds us that no one is so powerful as to be immune to power's consequences.' MOJO

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Song Remains the Same 12 Feb 2002
Three stars may seem a bit harsh, as the book itself, is well written , and obviously Chris Welch has a love for Grant, and Zeppelin. He had quite a bit of access to the band, relatively compared to other journalists, from early on, even accompannying the band on tour.
The facts early on in the book are fascinating and contributions from Micky Most in particular, shed a great light on early rock and roll tours, which Grant, drove for, and became tour manager to a number of legendary performers of questionable mental stability.
The fact that Mickie and Peter shared an office, but different clients, reveals many a comic moment, and obviously fueled Peter's knowledge for the job of handling Led Zeppelin.
From here on in, more than half the book really just covers familiar ground for Zep fans with an already bulging bookshelf of Zep titles, including Chris' own Zep biography, save for a more detailed account of the infamous Bill Graham incident, revolving around Grant's son.
My main disappointment, arises with the post Zep years, barely given any space, briefly mentioning his activities in and around his home town, baring in mind that this covers more years than his piloting of the Zeppelin ascent. Surely this was a real opportunity to read more of the man and not necessarily the beast of legend, stories of this time, from only colleages such as fellow managers who only touch on superficial matters.
It would have been so much better, if Welch could have got more contributions, from his family for a more balanced account of the man away from the industry, and most noticably Page and Plant who could have really illuminated the personality of the man, and contradicted the more gratuitous stories that have surrounded the myth of the band thus far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warts and all 23 Jan 2005
This is a straight-down-the-line account of Peter Grant, excusing nothing, presenting the man for who he was -- fiercely loyal to his bands, a bully to everyone who got in their way. It's impossible to read without recognising that today's world would have no place for Peter Grant. He broke a fair few laws in a fair few countries, and by and large got away with it. But he also stood up to the recording and promoting dinosaurs which were simply not ready for the changes in popular music that took place at the end of the sixties and into the seventies.
The writing is refreshingly iconoclastic. This is not a reverent account for devoted fans. In telling the story of Grant, the author gives us the story of the band, but from a purely non-musical point of view. It's a story of law-suits, dodgy deals, punch-ups, sharp negotiation, and incredibly astute marketing. It's also the story of people who did successfully take Grant and Zeppelin for a ride, including the people who persuaded them they could make a film of the band without any relevant experience. If you've ever wondered why the 'Song Remains the Same' is so - well - bitty, this book will tell you why.
If you are a compulsive collector of Zeppelin ephemera, this book will probably give you little in the way of extra facts and anecdotes. But if you want to understand Peter Grant the human being, or if you want to take a ride through a unique and unrepeatable piece of rock history, I believe you will find it a compelling read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome insight into the man behind Led Zep 10 Jun 2003
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I was very impressed with this book. Usually books on Zep and their entourage (though it is probably the same for any band!) fall into two categories - the overly sychophantic or the scurrilous. Welch's book on Grant avoids both. While he is obviously a huge fan of the band, he judiciciously quotes some less than complementary observations about the band made at the time by those who got to know them 'up close' and just lets the reader make up his or her own mind.
But, of course, the main focus of the book is Grant himself, a physically huge, hard-headed bully in a number of respects but a manager who did geneuinely care for his artists. The material on Grant's post Zeppelin period - his long depression and reclusiveness followed by the healing relationship he developed with the former manager of Dire Straits in the years just before his death, is quite moving and provides some genuine insight into a complex character. If you are a Zep fan, you should not be without this biography of the man who clearly made them what they were (for better or worse).
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 7 Dec 2010
I love chris welchs books gives you a great image of the real person. Peter grant was a larger than life bloke and this book goes into great detail of this man from his wrestling days and doorman at the 2is cafe.I really love this book and have read it several times,this is one you will not want to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grant deserves much better 10 April 2002
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Peter Grant was a genius, a sweeping comment admittedly, but true in my opinion. He was the first manager who both understood the changing dynamics of popular music culture and the leverage that change gave him to extract maximum economic return for his artist. This book acknowledges that fact, but then really does not explore it in any great detail, with the possible exception of the concert industry. Two interesting side notes and one real complaint. The author does not acknowledge the role of Steve Weiss(spc ?) Zep's and Hendrix's attorney for the role he played in Grant's successful efforts to change the economics of the concert business in the artists favor. The author also quotes Mickie Most, the record producer, and in these quotes there is the strong implication that Most had a financial interest, perhaps even partnership interest in Zep, yet Welch does not follow up with any clarification. The complaint is this. Grant was not a dodering relic at the end of his life. To imply this is insulting, both to the memory of Grant and to his surviving son and daughter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite nice really
On first sight the book looks horrible, dense black text looking like it's from a John Bull printing set, and the photos look hideous like cheap xerox copies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Toby Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Made Zeppelin Fly
Whilst there can be little doubt that a group of Zeppelin's combined musical talent would have been a success anyway, it is also doubtful whether they would have become the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. T. Procter
3.0 out of 5 stars MQ
Interesting read, but through rose tinted specs. A more gritty account would be have been better received. The dynamics with the band are underplayed.
Published 21 months ago by TQ
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hero to many
A book that reveals the side that drove Mr Grant and showed that good management takes care of the money and not interfere with the creative process that makes the money.
Published 21 months ago by Tox
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of the best music books I've ever read along with Charles Shaar Murrays "Crosstown Traffic".

Growing up with Zeppelins music I was always aware of Peter Grants name... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Feedback68
4.0 out of 5 stars A bygone age
Peter Grant was without doubt a colorful and fascinating character and a very useful adjunct to Led Zeppelin as he was one of those rare people who was capable of arranging... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mr. M. Kostyrka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved this book. Being brought up as a big Zeppelin fan, this books summed it up. I loved the atmosphere created, very funny parts, very shocking parts, very interesting. Read more
Published on 29 May 2004 by "drummermcd"
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial!
What do you learn on reading this? If you are a Led Zeppelin fan, as I am, I suspect nothing, if you are new to the group you will get to know the basics of the Peter Grant legend... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2003 by Mr. Neil R. J. Saint
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