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 have always been a huge Led Zeppelin fan and this is the most in-depth biography of the band. Gives details of all the key-players who influenced Page, Bonham, Jones and Plant as well as in-depth insight into the lives of all who contributed to their success, mystery, and to their demise. A real behind-the-scenes story. A must-listen for any Zeppelin fan!!
this could be about 1/2 the length -- some interesting background, but more gossip and he focuses way too much on Crowley and the occult -- obviously an obsession with the author, and while mildly interesting to me, not what I was looking for... this book desperately need an abridged version that cuts out all the occult crap and talks more about the music and the band -- also the conceit of pretending to read from the diaries of each band member gets tiresome... especially after the 20th time! Don't buy this audiobook.
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I would recommend to any classic rock fan.
The most interesting aspect of the story is how much of a role Jimmy Page played in Led Zeppelin. I found Jimmy Page's interest in occult very interesting.
The guy who does the Geiko Gecko....oh wait they sound the same.
I love Led Zeppelin, so when I saw this book on Audible, I had to get it. The stories in this book at just delicious--these guys were the quintessential out of control British rock stars, and they relished their roles to the hilt. The stories of their sexual escapades, while not for the faint of heart, are really funny and crazy.
I wasn't wild about the fake first person flashback sequences, and I wish the author had just written the information in a more conventional fashion, but the book has so much interesting material that I would highly recommend it. Be sure to have you Led Zeppelin library available on iTunes so you can listen to the tracks as they are discussed.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. They are truly one of the greatest rock and roll bands onstage and off. Crazy stories, check. Early life of each artist, check. Rise to power and back down again, check.
I'm listening for the second time. I liked it that much. Informative rock and roll stuff. Zeppelin fans can really appreciate this one.
I thought Mick Wall’s bio of Led Zeppelin was quite good and I burned through the 18 hours very quickly. I have been a Zeppelin fan since junior high and have always been looking for a decent biography of the band but could just never find one. Finally, (many) years later here it is. I’m no Zeppelin aficionado. There are definitely fans out there who know much more about the band than I do but neither am I a casual fan. I was always intrigued by the occult mystique that surrounded the band and Mick Wall goes into great detail trying to shed light on this aspect. I learned a lot of new information about the band and the listen was highly entertaining.
I was one of the first Zeppelin fans when they first found a name for themselves back in the 60's I was really looking forward to the book but I really did not find it that exciting. It was okay and there were some interesting things in it but it wasn't one of those books that you just can't put down.
I am a Christian but I have a pretty good tolerance for a little smut here and there but this book starts off too sexually explicit from the get-go and so I bagged it.
I definitely recommend this audio book for readers/listeners who are interested in the band or in tales of rock and roll history. Much of the book is fascinating and brings a lot of detail about the creative process and the experience of rock and roll. It is also satisfying in the way it follows up into the present day.
However the book also has it's silly side, especially in the constant harping on satanism, and the repetition--especially in the arty 2nd person flashback scenes to the musicians early lives. These flash backs grow old very very quickly.
The narrator is brilliant; making this an extremely good audio book experience; making it easy to get past the sillier parts of the book!
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