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on 26 December 2015
Excellent book! Really informative and a quality production.
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on 13 January 2017
Pressie for step dad and he loves it.
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on 16 January 2006
There's never been a really top-notch unarguably excellent biography of Led Zeppelin; unusual for a band with such a high public profile. Perhaps the problem lies with the band's reluctance to embrace the world of rock journalism, relying instead on word of mouth and the taste of their audiences to get their message across.
This has meant that there have been some very laudible attempts at career analysis - the live concerts have been well documented by Luis Rey, Dave Lewis et al, the albums have been much celebrated and dissected and there's been a couple of infamous "expose" accounts of the scurrilous nature of the seamier side of their carrer as rock music's top attraction (Hammer Of The Gods, Stairway To Heaven).
There's also been innumerable cash-in's which hope to sell because they mention the groups name (and generally the fourth album) in the title.
So I approached this as yet another "cut-and-paste" exercise, which, in fact it appears to be - but it's a very good one indeed, generally well researched and seemingly accurate. It's not definitive - the co-operation of the surviving band band members would have been needed to achieve that and would probably have compromised what has been written, as it's by no means a glowing account, nor is it a sensationalised romp.
What you get is a large paperback, generally well illustrated (a few mistakes in the captions, which reduces the credibility somewhat - a shame)although I would have liked some more dynamic live images and some colour to contrast with the numerous phot "studies". This would almost certainly added considerably to the price however. The book contains a comprehensive history of the band, their albums and the tours, together with contemporary quotes and reviews. The author contributes lengthy reviews of the albums, which themselves are generally pretty much on-the-money, showing he has both a decent knowledge of the music, the recordings and the song writing roots of the band. The format is easy to read yet informative, and despite having read far more books on Led Zeppelin than I ever need to, I found this to be a good read, especially for anyone looking for a single book on the band and an unbiased, balanced review of their recordings and career.
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on 14 August 2008
I felt the same way after reading Michael Munn's biography of Duke Wayne: like Mr. Shadwick was there, backstage, talking to these fabulous musicians, to find their thoughts, their problems and their power to drive through the rough 70's.
OK, lots of their powerful songs were "borrowed" from other musicians, re-orchestrated, re-named and given their stage power. So? The Led Zep music and message remains so strong and vivid, after all these years.
Really nice work!
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