Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

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Overview

The members of Led Zeppelin are major deities in the pantheon of rock gods. The first and heaviest of the heavy metal monsters, they violently shook the foundations of rock music and took no prisoners on the road. Their tours were legendary, their lives were exalted?and in an era well known for sex and drugs, the mighty Zeppelin set an unattainable standard of excess and mythos for any band that tried to follow them. They were power, they were fantasy, they were black magic. No band ever flew as high as Led ...

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Overview

The members of Led Zeppelin are major deities in the pantheon of rock gods. The first and heaviest of the heavy metal monsters, they violently shook the foundations of rock music and took no prisoners on the road. Their tours were legendary, their lives were exalted—and in an era well known for sex and drugs, the mighty Zeppelin set an unattainable standard of excess and mythos for any band that tried to follow them. They were power, they were fantasy, they were black magic. No band ever flew as high as Led Zeppelin or suffered so disastrous a fall. And only some of them lived to tell the tale.

Hammer of the Gods is the New York Times bestselling epic saga of the hard reign of Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham—a spellbinding, electrifying, no-holds-barred classic of rock 'n' roll history that has now been updated to include the continuing adventures of the band.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“One of the most notorious rock biographies ever written.”
Village Voice
“Incredible.”
Chicago Tribune
“One of the most notorious rock biographies ever written.”
Village Voice
“Incredible.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061473081
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 264,883
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Davis is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way and Fleetwood. Other books include Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, and Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Part 1
Overture     3
The Train Kept A-Rollin'     10
Zeppelin Rising     40
The Year of the Shark     67
Valhalla I Am Coming     107
The Secret Society     130
The Continental Riot House     154
Part 2
The Starship     179
An Angel with a Broken Wing     212
Nobody's Fault     230
Power, Mystery, and the Hammer of the Gods     267
In the Evening     289
Coda     307
"Led Zeppelin" Flies Again     324
Zeppelin in the Square of the Dead     337
A Led Zeppelin Bibliography     361
A Led Zeppelin Discography     371
Acknowledgments     377
Index     379

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    Inside The Warped World of Led Zeppelin

    This Book was a great View of one of Rock's greatest groups. Peter Grant is the unsung hero, orchestrating some wild and down right sick fun. This saga follows Led Zeppelin as it forms around Jimmy Page in the post Yardbird's days, to become a Legend. Inside accounts of Groupies, Drugs, Booze, sex, the imfamous shark incedent and other excesses, as well as a great comentary about doing buisness on tour, make this a Rock And Roll Must Read!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Loved It

    A MUST read for any Led fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    Hammer has fallen

    I think that this book is the best compilation of all of Led Zeppelin's accomplisments and drawbacks. Surely there are rumors, but you cannot just ignore them. Rumors are a huge part of rock bands' egos and reputation. Led Zeppelin is defined well in this book and I felt very informed and enlightened when I was finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    power mystery & magick

    This book is every bit worthy of it,s controversial reputation.The stories in the book make for great story telling and it also proves how much fame can go to your head.I think the rumours about black magic are total rubbish Zeppelin did,nt need that tomake great music ,However they certainly had some shady characters in their entourage.One criticism of the auther is that he slightly glamourises the hard drug abuse.All in all an excellent expose and tribute to the most amazing rock and roll band the world has ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    Awsome Ride

    This is a killer book that any Zeppelin fan would like. Eventhough some say the book is based on rumors rather than facts, Hammer of the Gods does give you a very good idea of what this amazing band is all about. It takes you through a sweet pilgrimage, and makes you feel like your right with them the whole way. The only critizism of the book I have, is I wish the author made Bonham's death a little more dramatic, rather than just stating it. But other than that I would recommend this book to anyone that likes this phenomenal band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    Whole Lotta Facts

    I'd really recommend this novel if you don't know a whole lotta Zeppelin yet, because a lot is learned here and it's fairly exciting. It does have drag-on moments, and the period from 1980-1990 is boring and tired, but the story of how the band met, and some of the groupie tales are interesting and funny. Jimmy Page is God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    A tabloid novel

    As a huge Led Zep fan I found the book to be a sensationalized version of reality. While it was entertaining, I thought the author was simply trying to give people what they wanted to hear; rumours abounded concerning Zeppelin and this book tries to support all the rumours with hearsay and gossip. Many of the details conflict with what I've read and heard in other books, TV interviews etc. For a great biography of the band, read the book by Ritchie Yorke. It provides a more insightful, factual and personal biography of the band and its music. Hammer of The Gods is entertaining, but true fans know it's overblown and does a great disservice to the best band rock-n-roll ever produced

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    Waste of Time

    Don't buy this book. The author's writing is very choppy and the reading is slow. This book is written based on more rumors than fact. Also, for the Led Zeppelin fan, there isn't much new info in the book. I don't recommend this book. But on the other hand, Richard Cole's 'Stairway to Heaven' is good reading. I couldn't put this bbok down.

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