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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story of rockn'roll hedonism, 22 Jan 2011
This review is from: Hammer of the Gods: Led Zeppelin Unauthorised (Paperback)
This is widely regarded as the best book about Zeppelin though there have been comparatively few others and the band themselves have never gone into print to set the record straight. When it was published Page and Plant were reportedly annoyed because of some factual inaccuracies and because Davis's accounts of the band's wilder exploits were largely based on conversations with Richard Cole, their roughneck tour manager (who went on to write an even more lurid account entitled "Stairway to Heaven"). As a fan of the band I think Davis is quite good on their music and the sheer impact of the band, especially in the US. The book is well structured too, each chapter devoted to Zep's albums and successive tours. Leaving aside whether or not Cole embellished some of his stories about Zep's behaviour on tour (which he seemed to instigate most of the time) it is now a matter of record that Peter Grant, their quasi gangster manager, presided over a fearsome operation that involved every rock in roll cliche: groupie gang bangs, business conducted through intimidation and violence, heavy usage of hard drugs and flirtation with cod philosophies and mysticism (in Page's case, Satanism). For Plant and Page to claim in later years that they were all misrepresented a bit (as if they drank lemon tea and went to bed early every night after the show was over) is partly what makes the book such an entertaining and plausible read.
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