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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

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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