Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time

Book - 2008
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They were the heaviest band ever, creating the blueprint for an entire musical genre and becoming a touchstone for an entire generation and their children. Now, to celebrate their fortieth anniversary and December 2007 reunion, here's the first-ever complete illustrated history of Led Zeppelin.

This all-star tribute to one of the biggest rock 'n' roll bands of all time features many of today's top American and English rock journalists from Rolling Stone , Creem , Billboard and more, as well as reflections on the band's inspiration from some of rock's top performers, including Aerosmith, Heart, the Minutemen, the Hold Steady, and others. An appendix features the complete discography.

Glorious concert and behind-the-scenes photography from some of the top names in rock photography covers the band from their first 1968 show as Led Zeppelin through the 2007 reunion. Also included are more than 200 rare concert posters, backstage passes, tickets, LPs and singles, T-shirts, buttons, and more from the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Japan, all comprising a book as epic as the band it honors.

Created from the ashes of the Yardbirds by guitarist and session wizard Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin featured virtuoso bass player John Paul Jones, gonzo drummer John Bonham, and Robert Plant, a vocalist like no other before him. The band singlehandedly defined what rock 'n' roll could be, leaving in their wake a trail of tales as tall or as a real as we wanted them to be.

Published: Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780760335079
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 BRE
Characteristics: 287 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,29 cm.


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RickyFico Sep 06, 2012

Excellent book and as one of the lucky ones to have seen Zep in concert this book surely brings it all back. Highly recommended.

Nov 21, 2011

A collection of essays and photos of the Led Zeppelin story. If you're looking for in-depth analysis, look elsewhere because you will not find it here. What you will find is a great coffee table book about Led Zeppelin that hits the high and familiar notes (gigantic rock gods conquer world) as well as the naggly sour low ones (Page's stealing of blues standards and love of underage groupies). Personal impressions and recollections by the various contributing authors, with plenty of references, bibliography, notes, discography, and more, pont the way to getting that detailed info should one so desire. A pretty good book for any Zep enthusiast's bookshelf. One standout (or bizarre aberration depending on your point of view) is the interview of Jimmy Page by William S. Burroughs for Creem magazine in 1975. It doesn't have much to do with Zeppelin but does present some food for thought as to the higher purpose and meaning of all music to the human mind, psyche, and soul, and gives us a glimpse into just how incredibly self-absorbed and out there was old Willie; when Burroughs postulates an aspect of his pet thesis on crowd behaviour to Page in the guise of an interview question, Page replies "Er, um, please continue". The copy of the book I borrowed had several pages missing, which one can only assume were big glossy concert photos, of which the book is full, which also had text parts that left chunks out of the essays, and which now grace some stoner idiot's wall or more likely, trash bin after getting evicted. Thanks a lot stoner, way to show the respect for the band, the library, and other potential readers of the book. Not even Jimmy Page at his most demonic would have done something like that. Shame on you. ***p.s. after reading the previous comment, I think we have a lead on where those missing pages went.*** ROFL

Aug 19, 2011

Killer! You gotta love these snaps.


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