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Publisher's Summary

Led Zeppelin rose to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Jason
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • 03-22-10

author too obsessed w occult

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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2nd person is the worst

the second person story telling is so irritating. It might sometimes be 5 minutes before you even know who the story was referring to. The narrator does a fine job and the (story) is ok. .

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entertaining as expected

If your a zeppelin fan this is worth the read. Simon Vance is wonderful, as he always is. I especially like the flashback scenes which I thought was an interesting approch to the story, despite it not coming from the artists themselves. regardless it's great, well researched and addictive. Get it....now.

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The story babbled on and on. Could not keep track of who he was speaking about

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Informative listen

An enjoyable book about a band that had such an impact on my early years. So many rumours disputed, some confirmed, and a whole lot of behind the scenes happenings that I never knew about. This book is very detailed, I especially enjoyed the way the author told the tales of each member's lives, sporadically throughout the book. It made for a very interesting listen, a nice touch as opposed to the common approach of telling in chronological order the beginning, middle and end in one chapter. In this case, we were still being told about the growth of each member, prior to joining the group, until the very end of the book. I really liked his method of describing this. Highly recommend for anybody who was into Zeppelin, or even growing up in the 70's, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. The narration was also very well done, although I don't know of any book in which Simon Vance does not make better by doing the narration. Even some of the lesser books I have read became enjoyable with Mr Vance as the narrator. In this case, Mr Vance made a good book much better.

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Great Listen

Great listen with a lot of interesting factoids. Two complaints is the British slang is a little tough to understand and the frequent quasi flashbacks accounted to the various people in the book. The slang is easy enough to deal with but I did find myself stopping the book to look up different terms. The flashbacks are just kinda odd and add little to the story of Led Zeppelin.

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Amazing, honest, wow, what a dark ending

It’s a great book, and having the albums on hand while listening really brings it all to life. It’s also a glimpse into what happens when genuine genius and talent meet with serendipity. The author paints a great image of the pursuit and achievement of a vision; the exhilaration and joy, but also the excess and inevitable downward turn of Rota Fortunae.

Inspirational as it is tragic, it’s a snapshot of exactly what the title suggests. You’ll get what you paid for, and a whole lotta love.

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Incredible read for fans

This book was on my must read list forever. I adore Led Zeppelin but I had no clue about how the legacy of "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" with Zeppelin started. There's nothing spared from this book. It taught me about the music business and the legacy that these four rock stars made more than any documentary ever could. I highly regard this book for teaching me about my favorite band and I must recommend this to any fan of Zeppelin. The narrator is a favorite of mine as well. Overall I give this book a perfect score but I'm biased.

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Pretty Great!

like others have said, the narration takes getting used to, but then its great. Takes you through the entire career in an interesting, even paced manner. stories were good, leaened some things I didn't know about the band...and I thought I knew everything!

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great

it was hard to follow the flashbacks at times but it was very enthralling. definitely compelling