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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin [Kindle Edition]

Mick Wall
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The final word on the world's greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin.



They were 'the last great band of the sixties; the first great band of the seventies'; they rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of both Page and Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction and death.



WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH reveals for the first time the true extent of band leader Jimmy Page's longstanding interest in the occult, and goes behind the scenes to expose the truth behind their much-hyped yet spectacularly contrived comeback at London's O2 arena last year, and how Jimmy Page plans to bring the band back permanently - if only his former protégé, now part-time nemesis, Robert Plant will allow him to. Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream of Led Zeppelin into an even more incredible and hard-to-swallow reality: Page, Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.



The culmination of several years research, this book tells the full, shocking story of Led Zeppelin from the inside, written by someone who has known Jimmy Page for over twenty years.



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'So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever...Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive.' (DAILY TELEGRAPH )

'As well as being the most complete account yet of a great British rock band, When Giants Walked the Earth is, as its name implies, a document of a bygone age....Wall has done his subject proud.' (SUNDAY TIMES )

'It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects' (GUARDIAN )

'This fantastic account of Led Zeppelin's wild and decadent heyday is as detailed and definitive as music biographies get.' (LONDON LITE )

'The definitive account of rock legends Led Zeppelin' (DAILY RECORD )

'A fascinating and diligently reseached account of rock'n'roll excess.' (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST )

'The definitive book about Led Zeppelin... Mick Wall has done a fine job here and certainly knows his stuff.' (BIRMINGHAM POST )

'That Wall can add so much fresh details to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievements. That he manages to humanise these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the "definitive" category.' (CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE )

'We've read about the booze, drugs, devil worship and deviant sex... Mick Wall delves a loot deeper into the dark stuff' (IRISH TIMES )

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'So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever...Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'As well as being the most complete account yet of a great British rock band, When Giants Walked the Earth is, as its name implies, a document of a bygone age...Wall has done his subject proud.' SUNDAY TIMES 'It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects' GUARDIAN 'This fantastic account of Led Zeppelin's wild and decadent heyday is as detailed and definitive as music biographies get.' LONDON LITE 'The definitive account of rock legends Led Zeppelin' DAILY RECORD 'A fascinating and diligently reseached account of rock'n'roll excess.' YORKSHIRE EVENING POST 'The definitive book about Led Zeppelin... Mick Wall has done a fine job here and certainly knows his stuff.' BIRMINGHAM POST 'That Wall can add so much fresh details to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievements. That he manages to humanise these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the "definitive" category.' CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE 'We've read about the booze, drugs, devil worship and deviant sex... Mick Wall delves a loot deeper into the dark stuff' IRISH TIMES

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin - In The Light 19 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback
Out of the three Zeppelin biographies that I have read, this is by far the best. Diligently researched, and well written it keeps you wanting to return to the albums (always a sign of a good music book) with each record being examined in great detail, which led to me purchasing Moby Grape's "Grape Jam" (1967) ... Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Led Zep fan 12 Feb. 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is just fantastic. It really does tell the whole story of the behemoth that was Led Zeppelin. The reviews aren't kidding when they say that this is THE definitive Zep biography. I haven't read any of the other bio's, like Hammer of the Gods, but after reading When Giants Walked the Earth I don't want to.
My only criticism is that at some points the italic "in the mind of" sections can be a bit confusing because you don't instantly know who Wall is impersonating.

Overall, this is a must-read. I think I'll be rereading it in a year or two.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant 29 Nov. 2008
Format:Hardcover
I only started reading this because I bought it for my husband for Xmas but once I started I couldn't put it down. I used to read music books when I was younger but stopped when I realised they were nearly always fan books. This isn't like that. It's obvious Mick Wall knows his stuff and has spoken to everyone including the band but he doesn't pull any punches. I don't know if the band will like it but they should because it's not only a great book about them but just a great book anyway. Utterly brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More shade than light 30 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback
This is an exhaustive and mostly enjoyable account of Led Zeppelin's rise and fall. While not authorized, Mick Wall has had plenty of first-hand access to band members and associates, and his knowledge of their history is positively encyclopaedic.

He takes a leap by imagining first-person commentaries from band members - the italicized parts - mimicking their thoughts and spoken mannerisms (Page ambitious and secretive, Plant naïve and boastful, Jones quiet and studious, Bonham & Grant aggressive and sweary). This technique traces their rise from obscurity to superstardom and has the effect of bringing the different personalities down to earth. Still, it is highly subjective, bordering on pure fiction.

He also gives inordinate amount of space to Page's occult interests, particularly a well-informed chapter given over to Aleister Crowley (funny, I didn't realize Crowley was in Zeppelin... what did he play?). Fair enough, Jimmy Page was surely more into this realm than he has ever let on publicly, but as for magic(k) being the source of the band's success and subsequent downfall... nah. It's like the stories of the Mafia `making' Frank Sinatra (and Bon Jovi...) Yes, they may have played a part, but if it's so easy, why don't the wise-guys rustle up a whole rosta of successful artists? Too pat, too conspiracy-theory. Zeppelin's music by itself had a far more power than any amateur occult hocus-pocus.

Mick Wall's analysis of the music is mostly balanced and acute and he gives Zeppelin credit where it is due. The book sent me back to the records and heightened my appreciation of much of the band's output, even if he glosses over the later re-releases, etc, including the superb live bootleg 'How The West Was Won'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a traveler of both time and space 4 May 2012
Format:Paperback
I was a bit reluctant to come to this book as having read classic rock magazine for years i have always found Mr Wall to be biased for Jimmy Page and blame Robert Plant for not giving Page what he wants and getting the band back together.
The book though gives a fair and impartial view of the band,yes he does hold Page in very high regard as he should be and credit must be given as he does not shy away from showing both sides of Page both good and bad.
At first the "inside thoughts" of each member of the band take some time to get used to but i found it a refreshing way to give background to all of the main players in the Zep story while getting straight into the history of the band.
The story of the band is given proper time and attention and it is full of great insights into how each album came into being...
I very much enjoyed the story of the band and how Mr Wall presented the book.
I am still in camp Plant though.
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