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Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin Paperback – 25 Sep 2006
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'Provides an illuminating read for anyone wondering about the ravages of rock supremacy. It's particularly good on the subject of Zep's peculiar movie, The Song Remains the Same. With the details of Zep's rise and fall receding into history, their legend and influence secure. this story's medley of tragic endings reminds us that no one is so powerful as to be immune to power's consequences.' MOJO
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Chris Welch is among the US's best-known music journalists. After a long and distinguished career on Melody Maker, he became editor of Metal Hammer magazine and also edited Rock World. He has written numerous books on rock and pop, including biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Genesis and Peter Gabriel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But, of course, the main focus of the book is Grant himself, a physically huge, hard-headed bully in a number of respects but a manager who did geneuinely care for his artists. The material on Grant's post Zeppelin period - his long depression and reclusiveness followed by the healing relationship he developed with the former manager of Dire Straits in the years just before his death, is quite moving and provides some genuine insight into a complex character. If you are a Zep fan, you should not be without this biography of the man who clearly made them what they were (for better or worse).
I was kind of hoping this would be a bit more insightful about the man who managed one of te biggest rock bands in the world and not just focused on the band's career (ie. shows played, tours, money earned). Obviously a book on Peter Grant is going to have a great focus on Led Zeppelin, but at points it feels that it is too focused on them and not on Grant, which is not exactly what you expect from a biography. It would have been interesting to learn more about Grant's story and learn from him rather than just a read on things that, as a fan of a band, we already know.
The writing is refreshingly iconoclastic. This is not a reverent account for devoted fans. In telling the story of Grant, the author gives us the story of the band, but from a purely non-musical point of view. It's a story of law-suits, dodgy deals, punch-ups, sharp negotiation, and incredibly astute marketing. It's also the story of people who did successfully take Grant and Zeppelin for a ride, including the people who persuaded them they could make a film of the band without any relevant experience. If you've ever wondered why the 'Song Remains the Same' is so - well - bitty, this book will tell you why.
If you are a compulsive collector of Zeppelin ephemera, this book will probably give you little in the way of extra facts and anecdotes. But if you want to understand Peter Grant the human being, or if you want to take a ride through a unique and unrepeatable piece of rock history, I believe you will find it a compelling read.
The facts early on in the book are fascinating and contributions from Micky Most in particular, shed a great light on early rock and roll tours, which Grant, drove for, and became tour manager to a number of legendary performers of questionable mental stability.
The fact that Mickie and Peter shared an office, but different clients, reveals many a comic moment, and obviously fueled Peter's knowledge for the job of handling Led Zeppelin.
From here on in, more than half the book really just covers familiar ground for Zep fans with an already bulging bookshelf of Zep titles, including Chris' own Zep biography, save for a more detailed account of the infamous Bill Graham incident, revolving around Grant's son.
My main disappointment, arises with the post Zep years, barely given any space, briefly mentioning his activities in and around his home town, baring in mind that this covers more years than his piloting of the Zeppelin ascent. Surely this was a real opportunity to read more of the man and not necessarily the beast of legend, stories of this time, from only colleages such as fellow managers who only touch on superficial matters.
It would have been so much better, if Welch could have got more contributions, from his family for a more balanced account of the man away from the industry, and most noticably Page and Plant who could have really illuminated the personality of the man, and contradicted the more gratuitous stories that have surrounded the myth of the band thus far.
For the people new to Zeppelin story though, this is as good a place to start as any, with some wonderful anacdotes, especially the one about John Bonham and the midnight sandwich!
I suppose we must wait for Robert's and Jimmy's own revelations to appear, I for one though, am not holding my breath, a sadly missed opportunity this time out!
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