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Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography: From Early Days to Page and Plant Paperback – 18 Feb 1999

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863697445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863697449
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Their music blazed a trail across the world but Led Zeppelin's media silence was as deafening as their live shows. Throughout their extraordinary career the band were untouchables, refusing interviews and treating press attention with disdain. Few journalists were allowed to enter the house of the holy, even when Led Zeplin ll knocked Abbey Road from number 1 and Stairway To Heaven became the most requested radio track of all time.

Yet one writer did penetrate their inner sanctum. Ritchie Yorke has eaten, slept and breathed Led Zeppelin for the length of his distinguished career, touring with them and regularly granted an audience with the band. The result is Led Zeppelin - From the early days to Page and Plant. Originally published as The Led Zeppelin Biography in 1975, and frequently updated, it's a definitive rock work which is the most detailed study ever of a group who remained a closed book to every other writer.

Over two decades and 50 million album sales since it first appeared, this famous account of Led Zeppelin's odyssey is updated to cover the death of infamous manager Peter Grant and the successful musical reunion of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin - From the early days to Page and Plant is the stuff of rock legend.

'Ritchie Yorke's alright - he's been one of us from the bloody beginning' - Robert Plant

'Ritchie saw it as it was' - Peter Grant

About the Author

Ritchie Yorke was the Canadian correspondent for Rolling Stone for several years. He currently lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.


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A comprehensive biography of the indisputable rock and roll kings. Not sure if this is endorsed by the band, but Richie York certainly has a thorough inside track to Robert, Jimmy, John and John-P's lives. The book charts their lives from children to present day, and documents the immense influence Zep has on present day music, cataloging all the members previous achievements before coming together to form LZ. A lot of detail is gone into in the production of their studio albums, giving background info and notes on most of the tracks. It's thorough, gripping, inspiring and fascinating reading, though trails off a bit at the end after Bonzo's tragic death and the resulting split of the band.
Well worth reading, for all LZ fans (which you must be to be reading this...) - and also music fans in general as it also gives a fascinating overview of the music scene in the late 60s and early 70s, with "new" bands like the equally excellent Doors and Stones emerging.
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Although this book does contain some valuable information, it is HEAVILY biased.
In the seventies, it seemed to be fashionable to write bad things about Led Zep. Not so Ritchie Yorke. He was the odd man out, and consistently sang their praises in the press. So when Led Zeppelin decided that they didn't like the press anymore, Mr Yorke was the odd one out who still enjoyed a measure of access to "the inner circle". This was, of course, due to his not ever having written anything bad about "the boys". And he still can't.
Another thing: Ritchie Yorke has this obsession with alleteration(?), which drives you up the wall after a hundred pages of "simply superb settings" and "maddening mobs" and "glorious groupies" and "fabulous Fenders" and you get the imbecile idiotic irritating idea.
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