29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Probably all true,
By A Customer
This review is from: Hammer of the Gods: Definitive Biography of "Led Zeppelin" (Paperback)
Notorious for being the book that neither Robert Plant or Jimmy Page have read, let alone endorsed, most of the 'sordid' tales don't seem that shocking, in light of the standard behaviour now required of modern rock stars. What does come across very strongly, though, is the general madness that the lifestyle created for the band, which then trapped them, and which made some of the excesses inevitable: the impossible stress of touring and the constantly building pressures to deliver better and better material, without the protective corporate shield of modern management, and above all a deep rooting in the kind of hard blues where sex and drugs and alcohol were standard routes to creativity - no wonder they went off the rails by the end. Yes, they were selfish and indulgent, and no, Jimmy Page probably shouldn't have dumped little Lori Maddox like that, but they created a timeless and genuinely thrilling sound. And a myth that fans lap up as much as the music. This book walks through the whole lot, with plenty of gossip, much of which is sourced from Richard Cole and probably true-ish, and it does give you the story behind 'Royal Orleans' on Presence, which you wouldn't ever work out from Plant's garbled lyrics. Most of all, it makes you realise that when all this madness was going on, they were in their early twenties - and also that it was a very, very different world. Fans who still long for a note-faithful reunion probably won't after reading this: it couldn't ever be the same.