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This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical analysis, as well as an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans. Fast draws on academic and journalistic writing as well as a new interview with band member John Paul Jones. Specific pieces examined include "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Whole Lotta Love."
|Introduction: Led Zeppelin and the Carnivalesque||3|
|1||Dazed and Confused: Intertextuality, Ritual, Gender||17|
|2||Stairway to Heaven: Myth, Epic, Ritual||49|
|3||Over the Hills and Far Away: Difference and Representation||85|
|4||The Wanton Song: The Riff and the Body||113|
|5||Whole Lotta Love: Performing Gender||159|
|App.: Fan Questionnaire||203|
Posted February 1, 2008
Was exactly what I had been looking for in a book about Led Zeppelin. Articulated many of my thoughts about Zep that I've never been able to find words for. Gives intelligent explanations about Zep's appeal, from it's inception to present day Rock God status. Talks about Led Zeppelin holistically, not just the music or image, but how each worked and enhanced the other. Am not a musician so much of the detailed musical discussion went over my head, but still able to understand the points Susan Fast makes. This book should appeal to musicians, and fans of music.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.