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Quite nice really,
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This review is from: Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin (Paperback)
On first sight the book looks horrible, dense black text looking like it's from a John Bull printing set, and the photos look hideous like cheap xerox copies. It's a "proper book" though, published by Omnibus, so something has gone clearly wrong in their Quality Control Department.
Once your eyes acclimatise, it's an easy read, spoiled only by the occasional clunkiness of Chris Welch's prose, and shot through with the author's suppositions and surmises. Welch's story of Pete Grant, or "G" as he appears to have been known, is straightforward and informative, but marred by repetition of facts, and a tendency to use long quotes from interviewees which are poorly flagged, making it unclear who is saying what, or if the text has now dropped back to Welch. There's no index, and no proper references, only a few sprinkled footnotes.
The most striking aspect of the story told here is quite how horrible most people in and around Zep were, and the drugs and booze made them and their behaviour all the more horrible. How all that fabulous music got made is baffling.
After over 200 pages of violence, debauchery, bonkers behaviour and rank unpleasantness, Welch concludes the book by saying (I paraphrase) "Actually G was quite nice really".