Robert Plant: A Life

Robert Plant: A Life

by Paul Rees


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Robert Plant by Paul Rees is the definitive biography of Led Zeppelin's legendary frontman. As lead singer for one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time—whose song "Stairway to Heaven" has been played more times on American radio than any other track—Robert Plant defined what it means to be a rock god.

Over the course of his twenty-year career, British music journalist and editor Paul Rees has interviewed such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Bono, and AC/DC. Rees now offers a full portrait of Robert Plant for the first time, exploring the forces that shaped him, the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years—including his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham—and his life as a solo artist today.

Illustrated with more than two dozen photographs, Robert Plant: A LIfe is the never-before-told story of a gifted, complicated music icon who changed the face of rock 'n' roll.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062281395
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 770,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Rees has written about music for more than twenty years. He has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna to Bono, Take That, and AC/DC. His work has appeared in many publications, including the Sunday Times Culture, the Telegraph, the Independent, and the Evening Standard. He was also editor of two of the UK's most successful and long-standing music publications, Q magazine and Kerrang!, for a total of twelve years. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Encore 1

Part 1 Beginnings

1 The Black Country 9

2 The Devil's Music 24

3 King Mod 35

4 The Rubber Man 48

5 The Real Desperation Scene 63

Part 2 Airborne

6 Boom! Boom! Boom! 83

7 Valhalla 102

8 Blond Elvis 117

9 Sodom and Gomorrah 132

10 Crash 149

11 Darkness, Darkness 164

12 The Out Door 182

Part 3 Solo

13 Exorcism 201

14 Sea of Love 217

15 Tall Cool One 230

16 Crossroads 246

17 Good Times, Bad Times 256

18 Down from the Mountain 273

19 Rebirth 285

20 Gone, Gone, Gone 295

21 Joy 310

22 Coda 322

Acknowledgments 333

Sources 337

Index 341

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Robert Plant: A Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
An important bit of information is missing from this book's description, which is that it's an unauthorized biography. Robert Plant refused to take part in the writing of this book. Consequently, the content is absent any insight into his thoughts, emotions, and motivations in both his career and his personal life. The first few chapters track Plant's childhood, but this is told from the perspective of outsiders and long ago school friends. While interesting, conclusions reached are strictly supposition. The rest of the book mostly tracks his recording career, his life story told in terms of his musical evolution.  For the most part, everything here is lifted from old interviews, articles, and books already published on Led Zeppelin. The author did not speak to anyone close to Plant for this book, including his surviving band members. If you've read a good book on the band (not Hammer of the Gods), then you probably already know most of what's written in this biography.  I didn't feel there was much effort to supply readers with depth. Early in the book, the author states that, since Plant is not a musician, he has difficulty expressing what he wants musically to the band. Later, we find him strumming the tunes on a guitar. As a fan, I know that he does now play guitar, though I don't think he did early in his career. I have no idea when he picked up the instrument. The author apparently doesn't know either, and he made no attempt to find out or clarify such a simple fact.  Another problem I have with this book is that there are at least a couple glaring factual errors. The most prominent of these is the author's claim that Plant's son Karac died at the age of seven. He was, in fact, five years old when he died. Another oddity comes with Plant's youngest son, Jesse. The author claims his birth mother is shrouded in mystery, despite most everyone knowing his mother is the sister of Plant's ex-wife.  I grew up loving Led Zeppelin, and have followed Robert Plant's career since. I was excited to see a biography had finally been written about him, and was hoping for something that would go deeper than his sexcapades and the turmoil of the Zeppelin days. In that respect, this book is a disappointment. What we have is more a chronology of events, rather than a biography. Still, Robert Plant remains a powerful figure in the musical world and I'm happy one author has finally attempted to commemorate that journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough from Robert Plant himself, felt like the author built stories around the few comments that Plant did say in this book. I'm not saying they are not true, just I would have liked to have heard more from RP himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as the frontman to my favorite band of all-time and growing up listening to them in my house, i couldn't wait to read it when it came out. It is a great read but at the same time the content is absent of any of his own thoughts, and emotions. Its just using previous records and articles so as much as I enjoyed the book, I do wish we got to hear more from robert himself.
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