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How many more times (is this story going to be told)?,
This review is from: When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin (Paperback)
When this book is good it is great and when it's not, it is really toe curlingly bad. Shame, as if it was editored by someone who could stand up to the mightly Mick Wall, it could have been fantastic.
Where does it shine? It reads well, and covers the story in depth. It fails by assuming the story of Led Zeppelin was (in order of importance and interest) Jimmy Page, then Robert Plant, then John Bonham then some other bloke. Even Alistair Crowley gets a bigger single photo than poor John Paul Jones. He was treated badly by the band, by how the band is seen historically in this day and age and this book carries on the same thought process. Also, the bits of the book written in italics, written about the members and others involved are frankly dreadful.
It also slags off another book on Led Zeppelin, something that comes across as childish and very unprofessional.
Too many negatives? It is a good book, but it is slightly arrogant and one can tell it is the work of someone who has a standing as a rock boigrapher and who's name carries some clout. Perhaps were it by an unknown it would be slightly less sure of itself and be a more balaned read.