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John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008


    Finally a great book about John Bonham! He has inspired drummers everywhere since the beginning of Led Zeppelin in 1968, and this book will tell you why. You can definitely tell that Chris Welch and Geoff Nicholls are drummers that have done there homework. They do a stellar job helping tell the life of Bonham. Other books about Led Zeppelin tell about each member¿s childhood for a little, and then quickly get on to the famous part. But this book sheds light on John¿s earlier days, and how he became the powerhouse of Zeppelin and the godfather of heavy rock drumming. That part is more important anyway. Every drummer knows how great John Bonham is, 'and if they don¿t then they probably aren¿t a very good drummer', but not many people know about the things he went through, like fighting his brother, promising his wife he¿d quit drumming, and leaving any band for a higher paying one. This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone into good musicianship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008


    Aside from the well known fact that John Bonham was the greatest rock drummer to ever live, Chris Welch and Geoff Nicholls do a great job showing the human side of John growing up and fighting with his brother. They tell about his friends and what he liked to do as a kid growing up in Worcestershire, England. As Bonham grows up he is introduced to the drumming world that Joe Morello and Max Roach ruled at the time. Bonham meets Carmin Appice, (drummer for Vanilla Fudge) and joins the almighty Led Zeppelin in 1968. For the rest of the biography it talks about normal rock star behavior in the 70¿s including trashing hotel rooms and enormous amounts of drugs consumed. Bonham struggled with alcohol which ultimately killed him on September 25th, 1980. What separates this book from others is how it describes the signature ¿Bonham drum set up¿, including the legendary 26x14¿ bass drum. This biography shows the other side of John Henry Bonham instead of the drummer for Led Zeppelin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005


    Bonham rules, he is my all time favorite drummer. I love Peart and Moon but I think Bonham is way better. I loved this book! Zeppelin for President

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