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Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin

If you put in one part Sorceror, one part Thunder, one part Groove, one Lemon and one part Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, what do you get?

Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin, of course! In June 2012, Alfred Music Publishing released this 93-page book as part of its "Uke 'An Play" series, which also allows you to play like The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffet. It is the result of over 2 years of research and writing.

Included songs are Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, D'yer Mak'er, Dancing Days, Good Times Bad Times, Houses of the Holy, Immigrant Song, In the Evening, Kashmir, Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman), The Ocean, Over the Hills and Far Away, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

One might think that this release may have a limited target audience since it is, of course, tablature arranged for ukulele, however that is so much far from the truth, it's insane.

You can be a Youtube star, you can play for your company christmas parties, put your infant children to sleep, be nostalgic to your Zeppelin roots, be the next ukulele virtuoso, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I'll admit that I was a bit hesitant when this arrived at my doorstep. I tuned up my 1960s Lindell soprano uke, symbolically put on my black Cosmic outfit and played along to Rock And Roll, daydreaming that the lights came on stage and I was standing there in front of 25,000 people at Madison Square Garden.

It was a pure pleasure playing with Led Zeppelin songs and Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin. I can't hardly wait to see which band gets released next in their series.

Jeff Strawman
Sept. 10, 2012

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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