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Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

First impression: The book is beautiful, beginning with the cover. The layout and art direction are superb. The focus changes frequently, which keeps it interesting.

The book is generally organized in chronological order, except when it makes more sense not to.

There are images of Led Zeppelin from all phases of the band's history, including several items from Jimmy's days with the Yardbirds.

The book includes concert photos, promo photos, photos of Les Pauls and the doubleneck, photos of memorabilia, including concert tickets, posters, and various LP and CD releases from around the world.

Comments about Zep from band members, and from many other musicians are sprinkled throughout the book. The range of people who are admirers of LZ is truly amazing; from Steve Earle to Ray Davies to so many other artists.

The author includes interesting commentary about various aspects of Zep's career. He recounts concerts he attended.

Each album is looked at again, by other contributors. I haven't read all the re-reviews, but the review for Led Zeppelin was great. It really captures how it seemed when it was released, and also covers its long-lasting impact.

There are complete lists of each tour. I did not check each dates against the other sources that are available, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone at FBO eventually does. The dates I did notice, particularly for the better-known shows, were accurate.

Whenever photos or posters are pictured, the complete image is almost always used, as opposed to the collage-style, which often blocks out something you would like to see. Photos include information on the exact date the photo was taken.

Many of the photos are familiar, and much of the memorabilia and posters are well-known, too, but there are also many items pictured that I had not seen before.

Even if you have some of this information somewhere else, it is great to have it all in one place.

When I first heard about this book, my initial thought was, do I really need another Zep book? I really like the Shadwick and Cross-Flannagan books, so why this?

Now that I have spent some time with Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin, I would like to commend the author for his work. It is a very well-done book, and all but the most casual Zep fan (is there such a thing?) would probably love it.

Thanks to pfiskio

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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