Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music, 1968-1980

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(Book). Led Zeppelin may have disbanded in 1980, but their legacy lives on. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always insisted that the music they made, onstage or in the studio, was the important thing. This meticulous book turns away from Zeppelin's well-chronicled antics on the road to explore what made them the biggest rock band of their day and an enduring influence on generations of musicians. With many rare and seldom-seen photographs, this is the definitive vindication of Led Zeppelin's place at the pinnacle of 20th ...
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Overview

(Book). Led Zeppelin may have disbanded in 1980, but their legacy lives on. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always insisted that the music they made, onstage or in the studio, was the important thing. This meticulous book turns away from Zeppelin's well-chronicled antics on the road to explore what made them the biggest rock band of their day and an enduring influence on generations of musicians. With many rare and seldom-seen photographs, this is the definitive vindication of Led Zeppelin's place at the pinnacle of 20th century musical achievement.
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Shadwick, author of the similarly exhaustive and excellent Jimi Hendrix: Musician, has produced a lengthy work worthy of Led Zeppelin's stature and legend. The band's complete evolution is covered in depth, from its rising from the ashes of the Yardbirds in 1968 to the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. There have been several analogous efforts, notably Stephen Davis's Hammer of the Gods and former Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole's Stairway to Heaven, both of which largely focus on the band's penchant for overindulgence and generally bad behavior. Shadwick, however, takes a much broader approach-he mostly passes over the tales of debauchery in favor of a thorough and insightful analysis of the band's music and the unique personalities and working methods of its four members. In fact, Bonham, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones appear less as the crazed rock stars of popular media portrayals than as accomplished musicians who worked incredibly hard on stage and in the studio. The definitive book; highly recommended for all libraries.-Dave Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879308711
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 432,001
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    A Band and Their Music

    Led Zeppelin was the biggest rock band in its time and for twelve years they rocked the world. This Book By Keith Shadwick explains in detail about Led Zeppelin. For example how they came together, all of the tours they went on, their albums, and the end of the band. Also this book talks about what was going on during this time peroid like the Veitnam war, Nixon being president, and the rise of a new rock generation. There are a few different themes and messages in this book like one exampe is that the future is unpredictable. One peice of evidence that could support this is while on tour Robert Plant's son dies and it ended the tour. Somethings I like was that there was pictures of the band, how it talked about certain albums and tours, and how easy the vocab was. Somethings I didn't like was how discriptive it was. There was way to much information in this book so after a while it got boring to read unless there was a picture or something on the page. Someone should read this book to get very specific information about the band. Someone should not read this book if they were bored becasue this book can isn't that exciting. If your were to read this book you would need to be commited because its very long and it has a lot of facts. If you like this book I would recommend Jimi Hendrix: Musician this book is also factual.

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