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LZ-'75: Across America with Led Zeppelin Hardcover – 28 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007377940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007377947
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Timely tales of rock star excess’ LA Times

"LZ-'75" is a must read for all Led Zeppelin fans as well as anyone interested in the reality of rock stars and the lives they lead.’ Metal Underground

Praise for ‘Hammer of the Gods’:

'The biggest surprise success of the year . . . the Led Zep tale, drenched in sex, drugs and psychic abuse, demonstrated the validity of all the old adages about talent, power and corruption. Stephen Davis's grimy homage to imperial excess and demonic influence had fans slavering for more' Rolling Stone

About the Author

Stephen Davis is a veteran rock writer and contributor to Rolling Stone and The New York Times


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An easy read, but difficult to believe a lot of the stories given the author's reputation for er, distorting the truth some what.And do we really believe the author's lost journals suddenly turned up again years later enabling him to frame most of the stories in this book? Quite.

Any Zep fan worth their salt will soon spot the inaccuracies in any case, but it's worth a read to get a flavour of what Zep were really all about back in '75. Not worth buying then, but worth picking up from the bargain bin. An ok read, just.
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Really not impressed - he has a particular style which I do not like. It left me with a feeling of disbelief since I cannot imagine the band talking to someone like this. In other words are his reminscences real or second hand? Whenever I have watched Jimmy talking to journalists, even those he maybe trusts, he is always very specific and never talks about his private life, music being his favourite subject. So I would say to any potential seekers of insight into his private life along with the rest of the band - you will be disappointed. More than just gossip, I would really like to see a sensible, balanced view of the relationships within their very close knit circle. Tony Palmer who directed a short film about the band (he had travelled with them also), makes a comment at the end of the film that in the first place they were serious musicians, who expected those who came to their concerts to start with this premis and Palmer didn't believe most of the rubbish written at the time about the outrageous behaviour - they were in fact consistently the opposite. I can understand Jimmy producing his book of photographs which tell a much greater story without much comment!
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Hammer Of The Gods was Stephen's previous effort about Zep and their tour escapades.
That book became a good if not reliable source of tales from the Zep camp back in the hey day of the early 70's.
Most of his stories were however lifted from the much better and more believeable 'Stairway To Heaven' by Richard Cole,
This new book is based mainly on the troubled USA tour in 1975. Davis uses his collection of note pads and memos which amzingly have been misplaced for the last three decades.
Davis paints a picture of 4 guys who werent that happy to leave their mansions and families to embark on yet another tour. But when they got to LA, the usual debauched image of Drugs,groupies and black magic takes hold.Happy Days!
He blags his way to meet Jimmy Page on the back of a stolen pre published manuscript from another guys interview. Then having secured a seat at the court of Mr Plant ( gettng these meetings was very very hard and yet he was staying in the same hotel)he eventually finds that his interviews dont get published anyway!
Apart from some juicy gossip as a result of a hillarious 'interview' with two roadies theres nothing new here that most Zep fans didnt already know.
The concert recollections could have been collated by anyone with a good set of bootlegs from the tour.
Still for a fan like me who luckily saw them on the first and last night at Earls Court I have to agree with Davis that Zep peaked as a live and Studio band in 1975.
The demons that followed them throughtout that year only increased in time and ultimately finshed them off in 1980.
I'd recommend this book to younger Zep fans with curiosity about the myths that will always surround this most magnifcent of Rock bands.
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I very much enjoyed this read. For me 1975 was the year they peaked, both on stage & in the studio. Physical Graffiti was their greatest album followed by the US tour & the five Earl's Court shows, which in my opinion were their greatest moments on stage.
The book itself is an easy read & entertaining. As mentioned above, could easily be read in a day. Nothing really new that hasn't been mentioned before but otherwise a worthy addition to the Zeppelin book collection... ENJOY !!
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