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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Z&hellip by Mick Wall
Whilst this is certainly the best, most complete and well-balanced, biography of Led Zeppelin currently available, the competition is really not great. Also, if you've read the sensational books by Richard Coles & Stephen Davis as well as the good Barney Hoskyns book on Led Zeppellin IV, you'll have already read a large part of 'When Giants Walked...". This is somewhat ironic given how frequently Wall refers to Led Zeppelin's 'borrowing' of other people's music.

The parts of the book comprised of original material are also somewhat marred by Wall's attempt to be different by inserting into the narrative long italicised passages of 'flashbacks' from the protagonist's lives which,… Read more
Alias David Bowie by Peter Gillman
Alias David Bowie by Peter Gillman
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book covers Bowie's family history and early life in great (sometimes exhaustive) detail and follows his career up until his appearance at Live Aid in 1985. It has been used as a source by other writers on Bowie, including Nicholas Pegg in his excellent 'The Complete David Bowie' and, whilst Bowie himself didn't participate in or approve of the book, the Gillmans interviewed approximately 150 people in preparation.

Peter & Leni Gillman's research is also extremely thorough and they provide factual (and counterfactual) information ranging from the details of Bowie's schooling and where he was brought up, through to specific details of the financial extravagance of the MainMan… Read more
Gaucho ~ Steely Dan
Gaucho ~ Steely Dan
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Steely Dan's undisputed peak was Aja and The Royal Scam is a close second but, for me, Gaucho is the only other great album they made, although even Fagen & Becker agree that they may have gone too far with it.

Interestingly given the obsessive perfectionism (and bad luck) that plagued this album, it features fewer session players than previous albums, and Becker & Fagen perform on more tracks.

Babylon Sisters is as good as anything Becker & Fagen ever recorded. Bernard Purdie's drums are incredible (and were the basis of Jeff Pocaro's famous Rosanna beat), but there are amazing details in what is an apparantly minimal arrangement, including bass clarinets, muted… Read more