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(Book). John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham was the godfather of hard rock drumming and he remains an idol to legions of Led Zeppelin and heavy metal fans worldwide. Although Bonham had to be courted away from more lucrative offers, he joined the newly formed band in 1968, helping guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant create such famous songs as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir" until his sudden death in 1980 at the age of 32. His unmistakable drum patterns are among the most emulated and sampled by today's rock drummers. This book is the first
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(Book). John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham was the godfather of hard rock drumming and he remains an idol to legions of Led Zeppelin and heavy metal fans worldwide. Although Bonham had to be courted away from more lucrative offers, he joined the newly formed band in 1968, helping guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant create such famous songs as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir" until his sudden death in 1980 at the age of 32. His unmistakable drum patterns are among the most emulated and sampled by today's rock drummers. This book is the first biography focusing on Bonham, providing a detailed track-by-track analysis of his greatest recordings, 45 color photos, and the most detailed and accurate inventory ever of Bonham's drum kits and percussion equipment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879306588
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Sammy

    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

    Bonham!

    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

    GREAT!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Finally...Bonham. But is there another one in the works?

    Being a player and a student of the art of drumming, I was deeply influenced by Bonham when I began playing @30 years ago. It was nice to know the chronology of events that led to the formation of Zeppelin and some of the details of the groups musical success. The authors' attempt at humor in some parts is sophomoric at best and made me grimace at times. Great pictures and a must glance-through for all those drummers out there starved for any book on this revolutionary drummer. Any book coming out on Neil Peart, Carmen Appice, Ginger Baker, or Tommy Aldridge anytime soon?

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