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Rock Gods: Led Zeppeling
on 28 September 2015
Mick Wall’s ‘When giants walked the earth’ is a forensic analysis of the rise of Led Zeppelin that displays an intimate knowledge of the music. More importantly the book tackles the dark side of the band, their legendary excess while on the road, Jimmy Page’s obsession with the occult as well discussing the volatile internal politics of the band complete with Peter Grant whose physical and psychological presence looms large throughout their story.
Neither does the book shy away from analysing the band’s gradual decline and fall from grace with the corresponding rise of punk and new wave music which coincided with John Bonham’s death. Equally their subsequent rehabilitation in recent years is also discussed along with Robert Plant’s reluctance to reignite the Led Zeppelin flame.
If you want to understand what made Led Zeppelin a behemoth in the 1970s and afterthought in the early 1980s and now bona fide rock gods, this book reveals the whole story without fear or favour, a must for any Zeppelin fan.