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The Making of Led Zeppelin's IV

The Making of Led Zeppelin IV
The Making of Led Zeppelin's by Robert Godwin is a thoroughly exhausting discovery into every aspect of Led Zeppelin's fourth untitled album.

This softbound book starts off right away, diving into some of the band's most mysterious aspects, the four symbols. From John Bonham's symbol that looks like the Ballantine Beer logo, to John Paul Jones' man-woman-child-themed logo, to Robert Plant's Ra symbol to the eternally unknown Zoso, everything gets explained, with historical documentation.

Godwin also displays different album covers and singles covers from different countries, as well a history of the recording of the album, with interview snippets from the people that were there, a history of Headley Grange, the old house in which most of the album was recorded in as well as a description of how the epic Stairway To Heaven was created.

Around the time that the fourth album was released, Led Zeppelin had finished their Return To The Clubs tour, another US tour, a trip to Japan and were about to start a tour through England. A chapter on these tours that featured songs from the fourth album is chronologed.

Finally, a listing, a description and a bit of history is told about each track in the album.

This book should have a rightful place in every Led Zeppelin fanatic's bookcase. It contains 112 pages of pure facts, no bloat.

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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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