Es­sen­tial read for Led Zep­pelin fans

Te Puke Times - - Books - Tony Nielsen

Af­ter com­ing to­gether al­most by ac­ci­dent, the four mem­bers of what was to be­come Led Zep­pelin re­hearsed in a small room be­low a record shop in Lon­don’s Ger­rard St. The plan was to hon­our a se­ries of gigs that were booked for the Yard­birds in Scan­di­navia. The first of­fi­cial gig to­gether was in Den­mark on Septem­ber 7, 1968.

To cel­e­brate the 50 year mile­stone of their be­gin­ning, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate a 400 page mas­ter­piece trac­ing the his­tory and the success story that Led Zep­pelin be­came. It’s the first and only of­fi­cial il­lus­trated book by the band. And they have spared noth­ing to make it a won­der­ful com­mem­o­ra­tion.

The 400 plus page chrono­log­i­cally por­trays the 50 years that Led Zep­pelin has been at the fore­front of the rock mu­sic genre. There are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of ex­clu­sive and care­fully cu­rated im­ages and art­works per­son­ally se­lected by the trio.

Page, Plant and Jones have also writ­ten their own ex­clu­sive an­no­ta­tions so you get to live the life of Led Zep­pelin through their eyes and through the im­ages only they have ac­cess to, in­clud­ing ma­te­rial from the At­lantic Records ar­chives.

For any fan of Led Zep­pelin this is an es­sen­tial record of the band, for rock fans in gen­eral it’s also a stun­ning book to trace the life of a four­some who had no peers dur­ing their tour of duty 1968 through to 1980 when the death of drum­mer John Bon­ham sig­nalled the end of Led Zep­pelin. The band has since per­formed oc­ca­sion­ally, usu­ally with Bon­ham’s son Ja­son at the drum stool.

Led Zep­pelin at their 2007 reunion con­cert.

Led Zep­pelinBy Led Zep­pelin, Reel Art Press, $116.99

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