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This review is from: Stairway to Heaven (Paperback)
Some of this book is true, some of it not true, some of it Cole knew not to be true and some he simply can't remember. When Robert Plant mentioned it to him, he looked sheepish and said "some of it is true, you know." Basically, it is too long ago for him to remember much of what is presented as fact, plus, he was heavily into drugs at the time.
The book is badly written anyway in my opinion and could have done with severe editing and the admission that it isn't really about Zeppelin but about all the bands he ever toured with written as one band to make it sell better. This is John Paul Jone's opinion too. That having been said, if you want to read a book with some similarity to what MIGHT have happened at some points in a rock band's career, and don't care too much that it's lurid and in bad taste or whether it's true either, well I still can't say buy this book because I hated it and the bits that I didn't mind reading were obscured by the stomach churning stuff that I did.
I think it also worth remarking that most of the worst behaviour written about, was actually from Cole himself, who did not portray himself in a good light, though I wonder if he realises that.
My advice is to read "led Zeppelin the definitive Biography" by Yorke, if you want a more palatable and truthful account of Zep's journey through the years.
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Initial post: 25 Mar 2013 14:58:27 GMT
Mr. N Neal says:
Thank you for the review. What makes you so strongly negative about this book? How do you know that so much is not truthful? Richard Cole was not at all educated and was a 'heavy', from what I know about him, so it is no surprise that it is badly written. He has, it would appear, shot himself in the foot while writing it.
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