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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Greatest Hard Rock Band

  by Spencer Robertshaw

published: 15 / 1 / 2012

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Greatest Hard Rock Band


Spencer Robertshaw enjoys George Case's fact-packed new book about Led Zeppelin

This book by George Case is a brilliant mine of information which puts to rest some of the questions you might have had arising from Led Zeppelin folklore. It also provides a whole amount of information that you will not have known about Led Zep that will definitely make you do a double or triple take back to that paragraph or the page it is on as you are hit by that feeling of “Did I really read that?” The book covers events from the days in the 1960s when the members of the band were individually finding their feet as musicians until its sad break up in 1980 when the group’s talented but definitely wild drummer John Bonham more or less drowned in his own vomit (There is a more technical explanation in the book.). Author George Case has the detective skills of MI5 on a good day. If you want to know the truth about the famous fish and the groupie tale or how many TVs were thrown out of hotel windows, there is a good section dedicated to that. If, however, you want to know facts and figures concerning the band’s concerts, album releases, profits and anything else you could possibly think up, then there are chapters on all that too. There are a lot of images that fans won’t have seen as they cover sometimes the most obscure parts of Zeppelin’s existence. Every year in the band’s twelve year life is also chronicled, and one excellent addition to this is at the end of each chapter on this you are given a quick run down of other important things that happened that year. Political information is listed, alongside details about which bands had released which singles and which important historical figures had passed away This both provides a timeline and also puts into perspective the band’s own place in history. It is a great book, packed with facts, but, never too straight-laced or serious will often have you laughing loudly, as it accounts a world of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll and what happened when a group of talented lads were given a free pass to do whatever they wanted anywhere in the world.

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