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One of the best music books ever,
This review is from: Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin (Hardcover)
Not before time, a chronicle of the biggest and perhaps best rock band since The Beatles which not only tells the story with all its complex and, up until now, often hidden twists and turns, but digs deep into the dramatis personae, both within the group but also the friends, hangers-on and the machine that helped create and sustain the success.
The oral history format really works, bringing to vivid life everyone involved, leaving only a few unanswered questions, most notably on Jimmy Page's childhood and upbringing. My guess is an absent or ineffectual father but a driven, snobbish mother wanting the very best for her boy but acutely aware that they were relatively unprosperous people living in a very well-to-do suburb. But I may be dead wrong, and, sadly, the amazing array of witnesses who contribute to this history touch only lightly on why JP is the strange way he is. Otherwise, this is a book that sets the bar a notch higher for any history of a modern music phenomenon.