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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

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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