LZ-'75: Across America with Led Zeppelin Hardcover – 28 Oct 2010
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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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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.
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.
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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For some reason I didnt like the look of this book when it was released and I certainly didnt like the original price either. Read morePublished on 8 April 2011 by Feedback68