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[BOOK] Led Zeppelin – Five Glorious Nights

RUFUS STONE LIMITED EDITIONS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB 4th 2015

RUFUS STONE TO RELEASE LED ZEPPELIN – FIVE GLORIOUS NIGHTS TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF LED ZEPPELINS APPEARANCE AT EARLS COURT IN 1975

In May 1975, Led Zeppelin performed five momentous concerts at the Earls Court Arena in London to a combined audience of 85,000 fans. It found the band at the peak of their powers, slaying the sold out audiences with a nightly marathon three and a half hour presentation of light, sound, power and energy. Led Zeppelin’s appearances at Earls Court represented a career high for the group and four decades on, are still held in the highest esteem by the vast following.

They were also some of their most visually appealing shows complete with pioneering laser effects, a large video projection screen and the band themselves more than dressed for the occasion – Jimmy Page in a two piece dragon suit, Robert Plant with a cut off shirt allowing for bare chested narcissism, John Paul Jones in a quirky Spanish jacket complete with onions and John Bonham in a glittering T-shirt high on the drum rostrum.

Now for the first time, an extensive collection of timeless images of Led Zeppelin on stage at Earls Court in all their regal splendour, are brought together in a de-luxe limited edition volume.

Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 captures the visual magnificence of the band though the photographic images of some of the finest rock photographers of the era – who were right there on the spot to capture rock history.

Drawing from the archives of variety of photographers including Barry Plummer, Dick Barnatt, Ian Dickson, Michael Putland, Mick Gold, Gus Stewart and more – the book chronicles the sheer visual splendour of these historic concerts though an extensive collection of colour and black and white photos – many of them rarely seen. The photos are complimented by rare memorabilia and a written commentary that puts into perspective exactly why these concerts were some of the finest Led Zeppelin ever performed.

The book is compiled by Dave Lewis – the highly respected Led Zeppelin archivist and author and editor of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose. Dave was in attendance at all five of the Earls Court concerts.

Published on the 40th anniversary of the event and as sadly, the bulldozers move in to demolish the Earls Court Exhibition Centre itself, Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 offers a permanent visual record of a band at their absolute zenith – in a setting that truly justified their status as the world’s greatest live rock attraction.

Five glorious nights in May 1975 – relive them through the visual splendour of this magnificent deluxe volume that captures the power and glory of Led Zeppelin on stage at Earls Court 40 years ago...

The book will be available in a strict limited edition quantity, individually numbered and will ship on the anniversary date of the Earls Court shows. People can register their interest in the book, and receive a special pre-release offer by going to www.fivegloriousnights.co.uk

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Notes for Editors

Quite simply we're passionate about music, books and publishing.

We are a group of creative thinkers, working together to create a new publishing venture specialising in producing the best quality products that both fans and artiste would be proud to own. It's that simple.

The market for "investment books" has grown over the last few years but this means limited edition high-end products can sell for £400 up to £3000. Even we think this is a little steep. Our approach is to generate high quality, bespoke content in short runs at a price point people can afford. Yes, they are still expensive but you are buying a product that can't be purchased on the highstreet, that features hours of investment in intellectual content and the very highest production standards. Quite simply we only produce books and boxsets we'd buy ourselves.

As the "label" grows we have plans for some exciting and unsual books. We'd like to work directly with a variety of artistes and bands at all levels with projects starting at just 250 copies. Of course, some of our titles will be gloriously unofficial but sometimes that makes for a better, more independent product. You'll get to read and see stuff your favourite artiste might not be over the moon with... but that's why you love them.. right?

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Led Zeppelin History

August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position
August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band
August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas
August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show
August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis
August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex
August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album
August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios
August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night
August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes
August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident
August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters
August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same
August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children
August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday
August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands
August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine
August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.
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