Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream a reality: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.
Finally, the full, shocking story is told from the inside.
©2009 Mick Wall; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever....Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive." (Daily Telegraph)
"That Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement. That he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the 'definitive' category." (Classic Rock magazine)
"Wall painstakingly traces Zeppelin's development and musical pedigree. His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work….an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world." (Publishers Weekly)
I could not wait til I left for work and got off work so I could listen to another hour. I dearly love led zep music but hate to now know about the occult influences. and the drugs oh my! The devil finds his way into everything. But he won't beat me on the this... ill continue to see Jesus instead. The random
talking to un named people was jacked up. Wth????? I hated when the writer did that. maybe I'm not smart enough for this guy.
Not sure why he was so cool on the O2 concert. The video shows tens of thousands of people going ape s#!+ whilst he's looking at his watch. Not buying it. He's not an authority on Led Zep if he thinks ITTOD was weak. Not their best work, but not weak. Sounds like envy to me. That said, he's a good writer, even if most of this book is historical fiction.
Loved it. The audio version is especially awesome for an American, I tried reading the book but it was slower since some is written in the voice of the British members of the band.
I should have known an authorized biography narrated by Simon Vance could be similar to his TV documentaries, which are terrible. So was this book. Made it to chapter 3 before I dumped the book
Convinced Jimmy Page to write it!
Not in this century
Author's attempt to relate facts about the character's lives through their own words written by the author was a failed attempt to make the biography more interesring. The facts and characters were interesting enough on their own not needing such a contrived style of writing.
Zep begins and ends with Page.
Vance perfectly captures the working class Northern British attitude in his voice, which is essential for telling this story.
AND he pronounced "Bron-Y-Aur" correctly!
"Giants" is a wonderfully researched book, on a topic that is pretty well tread and Wall manages to unearth enough information and insights into the Zep story to make this book a must read for Zeppelin fans.
It's a compelling read that captures the essential elements of the bands rise and subsequent troubles when coping with their own fame. But Walls decision to add second person narratives throughout this Bio not only damages the credibility of the author, but also pulls the reader from his nicely paced and constructed narrative.
Yes, I get that bios are often stylistically lazy in their execution, but this dramatic second person device came close to ruining this book for me. I found it totally unnecessary and rather irritating. Wall even warns the reader at the start of the book, basically saying, "While I tried hard to research and take educated guesses as to what the band might say in these instances, I MADE IT UP!"
And while I appreciate an author trying to add color to a story, I would argue that a well executed biography ( Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In: The Beatles, All These Years", a fine example of a rock Bio at the top of its form) really should be about nothing more than comprehensive research and artistic/editorial flare.
Having said that, it is a testament to Walls research and writing that I held on. Without these irritants, the rating would have been 5.
Once was enough. It was a mostly satisfying listen and I would recommend the book to anyone with more than a passing appreciation of Led Zeppelin's mystique.
No. The longish bits about the Crowley stuff, while perhaps important with regards particularly to Page, didn't always make for a fascinating listen. There were also the uncomfortable passages where the author wrote as though 'speaking' directly to individual subjects as if present for various historical events in their lives from childhood on. Made for jarring transitions in narrative style, at times. Yet, it sometimes DID help to dramatise events that could only be speculated upon. Perhaps this book is best described as a dramatisation, rather than as a biography.
Very much enjoyed Simon Vance's narration. Despite criticisms, this was a fun and mostly engrossing listen. Certainly, I feel as though I now have a better appreciation for the sequence of events and the times in which they occurred. I cannot ascertain how accurate this telling of Zeppelin's history is, but it has a certain ring of authenticity - at least in the broad strokes. Given that no authorised story is likely to emerge, this might be as good as it gets. Even if we were to one day have the definitive word from the living sources, who's to say what details might be suppressed or altered?
Only listened to the audio version. I'd like to see the book to review and make some notes.
If the topic interested me.
You bet. Some good behind the scenes information, recording info etc... I don't really care about the behavior that much. I want to know about the gear and inspiration for the songs, well the ones they did compose.
Mick Wall made dumb comments about Alice Cooper and got the Moby Grape release completely wrong.
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