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Mage Music: The Blog - Writings on Magic and Creativity

Magick is the science and art of bringing about actual changes in reality in accordance with the practitioner’s desire and will.

Mage Music: The Blog is a compilation of selected posts from jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com from May 7, 2012 through November 22, 2014 from author Life Strand. The blog was begun with the intention of discussing and analyzing the music of the extraordinary guitarist, Jimmy Page. It evolved into a broader look at the creative nature of Magick and the connection of Magick with music and other forms of art. This book is the text of blog.

Wow. Reading this book has been quite a journey. Taking what I know about Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and life in general, which seems to be an average amount for someone in my age bracket, and opening the door to something I can’t say that I had avoided in the past, but just never knew the correct path to take to begin the quest.

I will say that during the course of turning the pages that the dim bulb in my head certainly became quite bright. I cannot now claim to be an expert on the subject, I do not host vast volumes of knowledge, however, there is a certain level of enlightenment that I now possess. Using more familiar subjects and concepts allowed the unknown to become unknown.

This is just an amazing and thought-provoking piece of literature. Whether you’re a novice, an expert or anywhere in between, you will learn something. I did.

-Jeff Strawman
April 25, 2015

Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin: Interviews and Encounters

Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin: Interviews and Encounters
Led Zeppelin fans will recognize some of the more classic Led Zeppelin interviews and articles, like Zeppelin's first concert review from December 1968 'Rock Concert Is Real Groovy', or anything from Cameron Crowe or Rolling Stone or the 1977 article from Stephen Rosen.

Led Zeppelin On Led Zeppelin: Interview And Encounters, edited by Hank Bordowitz, presents fifty-one lesser-known articles and interviews about Led Zeppelin and their members from 1968 up until 2011, from music commentator Ritchie Yorke, Chris Welch, HP Newquist and Rick McGrath, to name a few. Even William S. Burroughs' article on Jimmy Page, which appeared in the June 1975 issue of Crawdaddy is presented, complete with transcript of their actual meeting.

Even though these articles are lesser-known to a larger percentage of fans, they still are important. They stray from the usual tabloid rock writer formula, which seeks to write on the sex, drugs and rock and roll. I will admit that there is plenty on rock and roll, however these articles presented also dive deeper into the very core of the four people in Led Zeppelin. My take is that there weren't microphones shoved down their throats and the guys were not feeling threatened during the interviews. They come forth as being very genuine and honest about what they have to say about being taken along the journies of their careers. They were very willing to say what was on their minds and let the readers into their souls.

One thing that is pleasing to read in articles that were written in the time period after Led Zeppelin disbanded, in the 1980s, that instantly Plant was trying to move forward from the ashes and establish himself as a solo artist. That this wasn't just a decision that he made after the 2007 reunion concert. All this time, he had been publically stating the very same thing. On the same note, through his own words, or lack of words, it shows Jimmy Page painting his own picture about his future after Led Zeppelin.

This truly is a fascinating and exciting collection presented in this book. It truly allows the reader to experience a more personal insight and, to a certain extent, breaks down a bit of the whole mystique of Led Zeppelin as a whole, without destroying that revered image that so many millions of fans have, allowing them to know Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham as real people.

Oh, and if you wanted to know the meaning being the title of Hats Off To (Roy) Harper, Jimmy Page talks about that in a August 4, 1979 article from NME magazine.

-Jeff Strawman
January 10, 2015

What You Want Is In The Limo

What You Want Is In The Limo

“The year 1973 distills a decade’s worth of decadence into twelve awesome months and resets the clock for the rest of the seventies and all that they imply. It’s a year that, by any measure, ought to be its own decade.” – Michael Walker

What You Want Is In The Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and the Who in 1973, the year that the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born is a very thorough look at the year in which three bands, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and The Who became megahits, superstars, ultra sensations and every adjective in between. From skyrocketing album sales, to publicity (both good and bad), tickets sales, fans (and groupies) and the hype, if ever there was a formula for bands on how to succeed, these three bands figured it out.

What this book succeeded in what truly laying down the blueprints for this formula: how the bands formed, what the state the world was in at this time, what outside influences there were, and how the bands catapulted from the rest of the musical crowds. This all formed the catalyst, the tinder for the explosive fire that was what the bands experienced in 1973.

The book is very well written. It gives an intellectual immersion into these bands’ lives, not necessarily in a day-by-day basis, but selected important events that allows any reader to understand how they became as ridiculously popular as they were without over-stimulation.

My attention was definitely kept to the stories contained within this book from start to finish. Some of the information was sourced from existing interviews, which as a self-proclaimed superfan, I’ve read before, however, it is how the information was sewn together, molded and formed, was how it was made into such an enjoyable read. And yes, author Michael Walker did go the full distance in how the bands advanced beyond the year 1973 into the present day.

When I first found out about the book, the main title What You Want Is In The Limo obviously invoked salacious thoughts in my head of potentially embarrassing recollections of the band members by groupies who had enjoyed their own portion of the bands, but this book is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. What the bands wanted wasn’t just five minutes in heaven with offered wanton product, it was the fame, the money, the music, the buzz!

It is quite a tall task to prove the theory that one year in each of these bands’ lives was the equivalent of a decade, however, Walker absolutely succeeded.

What You Want Is In The Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and the Who in 1973, the year that the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born is available July 23, 2013 at all major bookstores and online for eReaders.

-Jeff Strawman

July 24, 2013

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World by Denny Somach was released on November 6, 2012 by Sterling. Somach produces and writes for Carol Miller's widely syndicated radio program of the same name.

You can divide up the 256-page book into three main sections: A Chronology, Interviews & a Discography.

The Chronology lists Led Zeppelin-related events in almost a day-to-day frequency in the years of 1968 to 1980. Some of the events are common knowledge, such as on April 1, 1971, Led Zeppelin performed the Paris Theatre concert, recorded by BBC Radio for John Peel’s In Concert Program. Others are less known, such as on August 26, 1970 The time of Led Zeppelin’s concert at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, was shifted from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This was because John Paul Jones’s father, Joe Baldwin, had just died. Ticket refunds were offered to those who were inconvenienced by the change of time. A local newspaper reported that Jones had left the concert early and that an unidentified girl wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the concert promoter, Belkin Productions, filled in on bass for an encore. Putting all of the events in chronological order really allows for a sense of how busy and heavy & how great of a ride Zeppelin really was.

There are twenty-seven interviews included, which were conducted by Somach over the years. Somach interviewed musicians, such as Jason Bonham, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper, insiders, such as Richard Cole, Eddie Kramer and Cameron Crowe. Those that were interviewed were contemporaries of Led Zeppelin, people were actually there at the time, giving first-hand accounts of what went on and what did not happen. Some truths were made mention of that had squashed some of the oldest tales in Zeppelin lore.

The Discography expands on existing versions that contained factual information, such as track listings and studio personnel names by giving the back story and listing of pertinent events related to each album, starting with Led Zeppelin up through the 2007 reunion concert, which hadn’t been released at the time of this book’s publication.

This is quite a charming book. There’s no fictional fluff or drama located within. Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World is all about the truthful info that Led Zeppelin fanatics want to know.

Jeff Strawman
November 23, 2012

Afterglow by Black Country Communion

Black Country Communion - Afterglow (2012)

af-ter-glow
noun

1. The pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.

Perhaps it was foreshadowing or maybe they were well under way from being no more, but I cannot think of a more apt title for Black Country Communion's third and last studio album. It was recorded in June 2012 in five whirlwind days at Revolver Studio, Thousand Oaks, California with Kevin Shirley as producer.

Due to their virtually non-existent touring schedule as BCC, Glenn Hughes had approximately six months to write material. Although Hughes claimed that Afterglow was going to be a continuation from the first two albums, he was writing darker lyrics, with more drama and wanted to have more acoustic moments.

This album would definitely be considered to be included in the classic rock genre of the 1960s and 1970s, however it benefits from being in the 21st century, with the added experience from the band and the modern recording capabilities.

This album packs a huge load of groove and funk, thanks to drummer Jason Bonham and bassist/lead vocalist Glenn Hughes. Guitarist Joe Bonamassa adds virtuoistic blues noodlings that slices through the aural butter with a hot Gibson Les Paul. Although existent, I wish that Derek Sherinian's keyboards would have taken a more featured role on the album. With Sherinian's resume, I would have expected him to match more with Bonamassa's guitars.

It's hard not to compare BCC's efforts on this album to other bands, the keyboards and drums on Midnight Sun are very reminiscent of some of the anthems from The Who. The split vocal styling on Cry Freedom remind me of some of the vocals from Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. Plus, all of the songs have a healthy sprinkling of Led Zeppelin on them.

What a shame that this is most likely the last that we will be receiving from Black Country Communion. This is an extremely strong sounding album, both musically and lyrically, with no hint of fading away. It comes in with a huge, rhythmic punch and goes out with an angry, aggressive, groove-tacular stomp.

Afterglow was released on October 29, 2012 internationally and on October 30, 2012 in the United States on Bonamassa's J&R Adventures label.

Thanks for a great nearly three years and three albums.

Jeff Strawman
October 31, 2012

Rotosound RFB1 Fuzz Pedal

rotosound rfb

It was no doubt that in 1965, when budding guitarists listened to the Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction for the first time in summer 1965, their jaws dropped. What was a relatively simply three-note riff, had a layer of echo plus the Maestro Fuzztone pedal. Soon, fuzztone pedals were in high demand and multiple manufacturers and flavors popped up.

Engineer Gary Hurst started handmaking pedals at Larry Macari's Musical Exchange music store under the name Sola Sound(s) in 1965. One of most famous customers was Jeff Beck, who used the Sola Sound Tone Bender pedal in the Yardbirds on songs such as Heart Full Of Soul, Over Under Sideways Down and Psycho Daisies. Jimmy Page took notice of Beck's acquisition and by the time Page switched over to guitar, he also employed one. A receipt said that he took possession in December 1966.

Page brought the Tone Bender with him to Led Zeppelin and he used it to create the the fuzz distortion up until the Marshall amplifier took over in March 1971. For a short period in June 1969, Page used the Rotosound MK III. You can see and hear it in the French Tous En Scene footage from Led Zeppelin's 2003 DVD.

Jason How, the son of the founder of Rotosound, decided to have the MK II re-imagined. Like the original, a Darlington Pair of germanium transistors were used for a high input gain. Some components were updated since their original counterparts were not available. The original style of battery was no longer available in the UK, so a more current PP3 (9-volt) was used.

The Fuzz control changes the amount of drive, from a soft crunch to a gruff growl, but retaining that fabled germanium roundness. The Treble control varies the ratio of bass to treble, allowing a good variation from muddy to crisp. The Volume control varies the output level.

The pedal (RRP £250, $379) is encased in a pressed steel box finished in a gloss silver hammer powder coating, again mimicking the traditional Rotosound pedal. It is extremely robust, durable and hardwearing and in keeping with their tradition of manufacturing in the UK, the pedal is made at Rotosound's factory in Sevenoaks, Kent under the strictest quality control. It will be shipping November/December 2012.

I found the Rotosound RFB1 to be a delight. With settings dialed in at Fuzz @ 75%, Treble @ 33% and Volume @ 100%, I imagined myself as the young guitar wizard James Patrick Page at L'Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin Bicêtre in Paris, France on June 19, 1969, rocking through Communication Breakdown, crushing the eardrums of unsuspecting French audience members, with the sizzling fuzz crunch.

For the sound that you are looking for, there is no other. The Rotosound RFB1 is it.

You can order the Rotosound RFB1 from many fine online retailers or from Rotosound.com.

Jeff Strawman
October 27, 2012



BEAT mm - Jørgen Angels Fotografier 1966-1983

BEAT mm - Jørgen Angels Fotografier 1966-1983
Although I am a huge Jørgen Angel fan, I was completely apprehensive about reading this book for the first time. For starters, I am an English-speaking American. The accompanying text is in Dutch. Oh boy.

I can say, after finishing the book, that the language barrier did not detract me from thoroughly enjoying this book at all. It contained a lot of anecdotes of Mr. Angel meeting all of the musicians, plus some biographical info. I was able to guess at what was being said, however, to be honest I was more interested in the 500 photographs in this 272-page book.

In addition to the more well-known artists such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Queen, and David Bowie (to name a select few), there are more regional acts included in this book, such as Deltagården, Røde Mor, C.V. Jørdensen and Sanne Salomonsen.

What I thought that added to the overall greatness of the book was the sporadic themed collections of photographs, such as HAIR, CROWD, GUITAR HERO, ROCK SINGER and OG DER ER MEGET MERE (AND THERE IS MUCH MORE).

The photographs included in this book contain 1/10 of 1 percent of the total amount of photographs in Jørgen Angel's collection. This book is really a massively large collection of photographs that stand up well against any other book of photographs I've seen.

For more information, go to DenGambleBy website or order directly at klim.dk.

Jeff Strawman
October 25, 2012

Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin

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

From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin

From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin

I had first heard of Dave Lewis in the mid-late 1990s when I purchased Led Zeppelin: The Concert File. I was absolutely blown away by the amount of detail that went into this book, I thought that it must have come from the heavens itself. I became a quick fan of his Tight But Loose website, which not only supported his long-running Led Zeppelin fanzine of the same name, but kept up-to-date information on everything Led Zeppelin. Some of his other books have gone into updated editions and he put out a book on the 1979 Knebworth concerts and Led Zeppelin's 1980 European tour and I thought to myself, 'What can possibly be written about Led Zeppelin that hasn't been written before?"

Enter From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin's discography. Some other books have referenced Zeppelin's discography, including Dave's own A Celebration, however Whisper stands out from any others, due to the discography being the primary subject in this book. This is, in fact, an updated edition of Dave's 2003 book "Led Zeppelin: The Complete Guide To Their Music" - with track-by-track analyses and live appearances of both studio albums, as well as compliations and their video discography.

Also included is a very detailed timeline that chronologizes live Zeppelin dates, album releases and public appearances. Dave also lists the top 30 bootlegs from all parts of Zeppelin's career as well as a though list of studio outtakes.

Noone will ever find another book like this in existance just for the simple fact that it was written by the ultimate Led Zeppelin fan. It doesn't come off as a book written by a stiff, unknowning non-fan. It's a very tight but loose and personable, reference manual.

If you're a casual fan or a diehard Zeppaholic, this book will be a great read.

From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin is available at TBLWeb or at Amazon in paperback or Kindle formats.

Jeff Strawman
August 10, 2012

Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy

Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
If you did not have the pleasure of seeing Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy in concert, this release is something that you'll want to see. Filmed live on February 9, 2011 at Nashville, Tennessee's War Memorial Auditorium, this concert captures a hot performance on what was a snowy, cold night.

Lead singer Robert Plant brings his 40+ years of singing experience and his new-found love for American music, plus his old repertoire, singer/guitarist Patty Griffin brings her gospel/soul/country-style vocals plus some excellent acoustic guitar rhythm, Buddy Miller brings his arsenal of string instruments, including, acoustic guitars, Wandre electric and a Teo 12-string. He's an excellent picker that lends itself to the Americana roots style of playing, but I feel that he's got a mean streak of rock inside him, which shines while he's playing. Multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott is a real delight. He plays acoustic, electric, mandola, pedal steel and banjo, plus he's got a hell of a great voice. So full of soul. It's not what you would expect upon first seeing him. Bassist Byron House was brought in by Buddy Miller and does not disappoint. He plays both upright bass and electric four-string both with ease and adds some very tasty bass lines. Percussionist Marco Giovino fills in the blanks and adds so much, but doesn't make an attempt to take center stage.

The set list for Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy is pretty standard for the tour, offering up some new songs, some old songs and everything in between.

Set list:

1. Black Dog
2. Angel Dance
3. Houses of the Holy
4. House of Cards
5. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday
6. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
8. Tangerine
9. A Satisfied Mind
10. Move Up
11. Down to the Sea
12. Ramble On
13. Gallows Pole
14. In the Mood
15. Rock and Roll
16. I Bid You Goodnight

Long gone is the golden god, flowing lion's mane, cock rock. What you will see in this release is not Led Zeppelin or anything close. It is bits and pieces of Americana, roots, country, soul and gospel goodness. Robert said in an included interview that he now prefers the intimacy of playing at smaller auditoriums and ballrooms. The music that they play requires it. This release captures the live experience so well, with full-stage shots as well as close-up views, it's as if you could have been in the audience that night.

Robert Plant has moved on to the Sensational Space Shifters, returning to a more international edge that Plant is known for, but for the brief amount of existance that the Band Of Joy performed, this release captures that time perfectly.

Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 10 and worldwide on July 9 through Universal Music Group International at all the online retailers, as well as your usual retail stores. I highly recommend that you reserve yourself a copy now.

Jeff Strawman
July 3, 2012


Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up

Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up
Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up by Greg Russo was released on December 20, 2011 by Crossfire Publications. It's now in it's fifth edition and it's easy to see why it's such a popular publication. It definitely lives up to something that the author, Mr. Russo mentions in the Introduction, which is "My goals is still to present the most informative and accurate account of The Yardbirds' history."

That history doesn't just contain information from the classic years of 1963-1968, it's very well updated through all of the reunions and various member changes & flavors. It chronicles The Yardbirds from a rhythm and blues band, to a blues rock band, through the psychedelic years and beyond. It gives accurate histories on each member's subsequent solo careers, but what is most mind boggling is the various appendices at the end of the book which contain tour dates, discographies, radio transmissions and video releases.

If you've read one of the earlier editions or none at all, pick up a copy of Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up [5th edition]. You'll learn a lot.

-Jeff Strawman
June 05, 2012


Led Zeppelin FAQ

Led Zeppelin FAQ
You think you're an expert on Led Zeppelin? You think you know it all? Wrong. You be well-advised to pick up Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That's Left To Know About The Greatest Hard Rock Band Of All Time by George Case.

Released in paperback on November 01, 2011 and for Kindle on January 31, 2012 by Backbeat Books, LZ FAQ is the be all and end all fountain of information on Led Zeppelin. You might remember George Case from his epic 2007 book Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man: An Unauthorized Biography. Clearly Mr. Case ate his Wheaties while doing the research on LZ FAQ and it shows. It's the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the Encyclopædia Britannica and the Gutenberg Bible all in one. It's King Kong, Godzilla and that thing from the movie Cloverfield.

It's completely astounding the level of research and organization that was put forth to compile this LZ FAQ. In the Ackknowledgement, Mr. Case said that it took over two years to complete it. I don't doubt this. In addition to a similar set of FAQ on Led Zeppelin that's been floating around on the Internet for years, LZ FAQ takes it beyond the stratosphere by exploring popular topics and themes for discussion and runs with it.

If you can commit this knowledge contained within LZ FAQ to memory, I am sure that you would be an excellent contender at the American game show Jeopardy. You could be a one-person ZepFest. You would make your parents proud.

-Jeff Strawman
June 05, 2012


Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused

Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused
Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused is a documentary DVD that was released on April 10, 2012. It is the brainchild of Sonia Anderson, independent filmmaker, whose credits include documentaries on The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.

Dazed & Confused contains a wealth of archival footage, both concert and interviews, from early in their career, including the 1969 Danish TV performance up through Robert Plant's years. Many interviews from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham are interspersed with the biographical narration from Dave Kelly.

Also, included are interviews and dialogue by rock producer Nick Tauber, film director & friend of Jimmy Page, Tony Palmer and British journalist & author, Kris Needs.

Steve McNerney provided the instrumental & incidental soundtrack to this documentary. To those "more-than-casual" Led Zeppelin fans, you would definitely take note that the soundtrack contains music that sounds nearly identical to studio Zeppelin tracks, however if you are a casual fan, the soundtrack adds to the exemplary storytelling.

This DVD would be perfect for the casual Led Zeppelin fan, as it gives excellent, commonly-known (read basic) facts about the band and their career that has spanned 40 years, including solo, Page/Plant and reunion eras. The concert footage is pretty standard fare, seemingly been released on concert movie The Song Remains The Same or 2003's DVD.

Although you may have seen the bits and pieces of this documentary separately, you have not seen it organized in this way. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You might learn something.

-Jeff Strawman
June 05, 2012


Led Zeppelin Guitar Method

Led Zeppelin Guitar Method: Immerse Yourself in the Music and Mythology of Led Zeppelin as You Learn to Play Guitar (Book & Enhanced CD)
Led Zeppelin Guitar Method: Immerse Yourself in the Music and Mythology of Led Zeppelin as You Learn to Play Guitar (Book & Enhanced CD) by Ron Manus and L.C. Harnsberger was released on April 1, 2012 by Alfred Publishing & no, this is no April Fools' joke, this book is impressive.

The book is geared towards those people that are Led Zeppelin listeners that want to take the step forward to be like Jimmy Page and play guitar. It does a very thorough job to instruct the reader on the basics, like how to hold the guitar, how to hold a guitar pick, different parts of the guitar plus how to read guitar tablature and various parts of the musical staff. This is all before one note of a Led Zeppelin song is transcribed.

Led Zeppelin Guitar Method features 26 Led Zeppelin songs to learn. Now, if there's anything you retain, please understand that you must use the included Enhanced CD to play along with and not the original studio CDs. The tablature in the book is written in a different key and would not sound right to your ears. The book starts out very basically with one-note melodies and builds up to multi-note chords and fingerpicking exercises.

Whether you have never picked up a guitar before or are looking to hone up on your skills, Led Zeppelin Guitar Method is a very thorough book to learn from.

The Band Of Joy

The Band Of Joy by Harry Barber

The Band Of Joy is not only a band name or an album title, it is now a book, written and self-published by Harry Barber, roadie for at least three incarnations of the band. The book offers excellent first-person experiences from a source as close as one could get to the band.

The Band Of Joy formed out of the ashes of many other bands as these guys were already career musicians at young ages, Robert Plant from Listen, Vernon Pereira and Chris Brown from The Stringbeats. Plant had become bored that Listen had stalled in it's success and he wanted more. Members of the first Band Of Joy convened at Holy Joe's Rehearsal Rooms and began playing gigs in April 1967.

Whether it was new found fame or something else, Robert Plant's personality was the main reason that the first Band Of Joy ended. The rest of the band had basically kicked Plant out and replaced him. Being that Plant himself came up with the band's name, he formed his own Band Of Joy with members of the band Paper and performed in the same areas as the former Band Of Joy. Eventually, a fourth Band Of Joy was formed in November 1967, once again with Robert Plant, who brought his former bandmate and drummer from the Crawling King Snakes, John Henry Bonham.

By the end of May 1968, The Band Of Joy was stalling. John Bonham accepted an offer to play drums with Tim Rose and Robert Plant left to go to London to shop his demo around for a proper contract and to jam with Alexis Korner. A sixth Band Of Joy formed to fulfil some previously scheduled performances. Various members of The Band Of Joy regrouped through the years with limited success and moved on to other bands or got out of the music industry altogether.

The Band Of Joy had limited press coverage, as they were a regional band and forty years later, very little is known about them. Only a little nugget of info is given by Robert Plant in current interviews or by another former member of the band that is still alive. This book absolutely fills a huge void in the world of knowledge about The Band Of Joy. Along with first-hand accounts of the band's history, the book gives band member biographies, venue information, gig dates and information on equipment that band members had used. For the die-hard fan or even the occasional fan, this book is a must have.

To order, go to Mr. Barber's website, http://bandofjoy.com.

Led Zeppelin: The Making Of Their Legendary Third Album

Record Collector Christmas 2010

The Christmas 2010 Issue of Record Collector has an excellent article on Led Zeppelin and the making of their legendary third album. Although Led Zeppelin III was released on October 5, 1970 in the US and had certified Gold status three days later, the seeds for this memorable album were planted more than a year earlier.

Led Zeppelin was released at the beginning of 1969 and Led Zeppelin II was released a mere ten months later on the coattails of the success of the first album. There was a definite Led Zeppelin mania going on in the United States. Led Zeppelin had virtually been on the road non-stop for the last year, with five tours in America and six in Europe and England. The last date of the tour in the US on April 19, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada had to be cancelled because Robert Plant had collapsed at the previous night’s performance, due to exhaustion. The band needed a break.

Robert Plant had suggested a place to retreat to - South Snowdonia. His family had taken holiday in nearby Llynfant Valley in the 1950s and he was very enchanted by the remoteness of the area and the stories of English folk lore that were told. Robert, Jimmy, Robert’s with Maureen and daughter Carmen, Charlotte Martin, Jimmy’s girlfriend, along with roadies Clive Coulson and Sandy MacGregor travelled up to Bron-Yr-Aur, a small derelict cottage, atop a small hill, two miles from Machynlleth, Powys, Wales, in May 1970. There was no running water, no electricity, no phones, just the perfect place to bring a couple of acoustic guitars and a tape recorder and record some new music.

Although the actual recording for Led Zeppelin III was done a month later at Headley Grange, East Hampshire, England, the beginnings of many of Led Zeppelin’s songs had their beginnings at Bron-Yr-Aur, including Friends, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, That’s The Way, Over The Hills And Far Away, The Crunge, The Rover, Bron-Yr-Aur, Down By The Seaside and Poor Tom. Additional recording was done in Olympic Studios and Island Studios, back in London, England in June and July 1970.

At the end of June 1970, they had a one-off performance in Reykjavik, Iceland, as part of a culural exchange visit organized by the British Government. The following weekend, Led Zeppelin headlined the Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music. They took the stage at sunset, upon Peter Grant’s insistence, which was at approximately 8:30PM. This performance was unarguably one of their most important of their career to date. It both opened the eyes to the British fans and those who had initially snubbed them in the past 18 months, as well as premiering their acoustic dynamic.

The Boy Next Door (a.k.a. That’s The Way) was given quick and polite applause. This was most certainly a shock to the audience who was expecting another Whole Lotta Love or How Many More Times. The only new material the public had heard what eventually would make it on Led Zeppelin III was Since I’ve Been Loving You, but the lyrics has changed, so anything was new to them.

Likewise, the press was shocked. They said things like “LED ZEPPELIN GO ACOUSTIC”, “THIS ISN’T LED ZEPPELIN II” and “THIS CHANGE IS THE END OF LED ZEPPELIN”. All of this is laughable since three songs on the first album were acoustic, as well as portions of two songs on the second album. All that this was cement the fact that Led Zeppelin was so much more than just an electric and distorted band and it would go on to be a part of Robert Plant’s solo career, even up to the present date.

Led Zeppelin: The Making of their Legendary Third Album does a superb job of chronicling this time period from October 1969 through December 1970, exploring every facet of Led Zeppelin, from the live experience to the period of recording to the critics’ and fans’ reactions and everything in-between.

Also including in this issue of Record Collector is a small article on the cover design of Led Zeppelin III by artist Zacron, a look into the influences of Led Zeppelin that led to their acoustic interests, an article on bootleg recordings of this time period, a track-by-track listing of the songs that made it onto Led Zeppelin III and those that did not as well as a Rare Pressings Guide to the LPs of Led Zeppelin III that were released throughout the world.

As an added bonus, if you skim toward the end of the magazine, in the Digging For Gold section, you will find an article on an alternate pressing of Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, that was discovered in the possession of legendary collection Ken Barnes. It contained several different images in the die-cut windows of the album cover. This article tells the story of that experience.

Record Collector Issue #383 Christmas 2010 is currently on newsstands and available for purchase on their website.

Jeff Strawman
December 7, 2010

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics

Gerald "Jezz" Woodroffe was Robert Plant's keyboard player from 1982 until late 1985. He was featured in three Robert Plant solo albums, Pictures at Eleven, The Principle of Moments and Shaken 'n' Stirred. He toured with Robert Plant, Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez and others from June 1983 until September 1985 and co-wrote some of the more memorable Robert Plant solo tracks, such as Burning Down One Side, Stranger Here... Than Over There and Big Log.

Since then, Woodroffe has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Sally Hope and has put out five albums, Squaw Peak, Purusha Cover Me (1997), Manna From Heaven (1998), Medicine (2002) and Pearl (2007) and a new album Retrospective is set to be released later in 2010.

In 2004, Woodroffe released an album of Led Zeppelin covers, with double bassist Iona Mackintosh and drummer Ivor Roland, entitled In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics. The idea was not originally Woodroffe's, but of former Robert Plant guitarist, Robbie Blunt, who mentioned it in a phone call conversation. Since I've Been Loving You was the first track that was reconstructed.

There was enough interest in this album to have Woodroffe revisit it in July 2010, have it remastered and add a new track -- Big Log, from the 1983 album The Principle of Moments.

This album rocks, er swings! From start to finish it does not fail to captivate my attention. It conjures up thoughts of West Coast jazz clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, with dimly lit, smoky small rooms, with Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, Joe Marello and Stan Getz playing until the sun came up. Woodroffe stays true to the original tunes, while still taking alternative improvisational journeys into the sonic unknown.

Most every musical genre has been applied by various artists to the music of Led Zeppelin over the years, some with good success and others that might be summed up with the Led Zeppelin track What Is And What Should Never Be (an excellent track itself... Volume 2, Jezz?) however In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics has got to be one of the finest-sounding versions available today.

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics
Track Listing:
1. Moby Dick - 1:30
2. Kashmir - 5:39
3. The Rain Song - 5:36
4. No Quarter - 4:56
5. Dazed And Confused - 5:03
6. That's The Way - 3:54
7. Four Sticks - 4:51
8. Since I've Been Loving You - 6:04
9. Stairway To Heaven - 6:46
10. Big Log - 7:04

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics is available at http://www.sallyhope.col.uk/shop.php
Jeff Strawman, August 2010

Treasures of Led Zeppelin

Treasures Of Led Zeppelin
Chris Welch is a British rock journalist that has interviewed everyone from Tina Turner, Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd), Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Phil Collins, just to name a few. He joined the staff of Melody Maker in October 1964 and the first band that he interviewed was The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton.

On October 18, 1968, Chris Welch attended a concert at London's Marquee Club on Wardour Street. Support band was a local band named Sleepy and the night was headlined by The Yardbirds, whom only a week later changed their name to Led Zeppelin. He claimed that there was only 150 people there that night at the Marquee and wrote in an interview of the night that "this band will go far". Too right.

Welch had seen Led Zeppelin in concert on many more occasions while reporting for Melody Maker, including at the Carnegie Hall in 1969, the entire German Tour in Spring 1970, Earls Court in 1975 and the occasional solo Plant or Page gig.

In addition to interviews, Welch is quite the author of rock noteables, including Jimi Hendrix, Cream, David Bowie, John Bonham and Peter Grant, as well as writing liner notes for many albums.

Treasures of Led Zeppelin is set to hit U.S. book stores on October 5, 2010, although it has already been released in the United Kingdom on May 13. It is Welch's 6th book with the subject related to Led Zeppelin and the first book in 12 years directly about Zeppelin. Treasures of Led Zeppelin focuses on the memorabilia related to Led Zeppelin, including replications of ticket stubs, posters, flyers and other items. Rounding out this 64-page behemouth, is a chronologized biography, including years before and after Led Zeppelin up until July 2009. A gathering of the usual photos helps visually guide the reader along the way in the history of Led Zeppelin.

To the reader who is just an occasional fan of Led Zeppelin, this book is perfect. It contains a little bit of everything visually to stimulate your senses and educate you on Led Zeppelin. To the more avid fanatic, however, it is evident that there is a bit some of the dates and facts are incorrect. Some of the pieces of memorabilia are affixed to the pages in the box with something that resembles scotch tape and some of the guides to identify what pieces of memorabilia are have been placed a bit illogically. With that said, I was a little disappointed at the end of reading this book. For someone with the credentials and experience that Chris Welch has, I wish that this book could have been a little bit better.

In any event, Treasures of Led Zeppelin absolutely does not fail to gain the attention with it's colorful use of the memorabilia and photographs. It does present some facts that are only known to the well seasoned Led Zeppelin and it can definitely be used as a resource point.

Jeff Strawman, August 2010

LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour

LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour

"Hey, man, how are you? Do you have a minute? Do you want to come on the road with Led Zeppelin? You do? That's great! Can you get a magazine assignment? You think you can? Terrific. I only need a letter from your editor. Let me know. I'll save you a seat on the Starship. Gotta go. God bless you - good-bye." Led Zeppelin's publicist Danny Goldberg had called up journalist Stephen Davis to cover the upcoming 1975 American tour of Led Zeppelin to "change the image" of Led Zeppelin in America from the wild barbarians that the media made them to be.

Davis had recorded his notes into three notebooks which eventually got filed away into a box. When he went to recall information from the notes from his 1985 book Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, the notebooks had gone missing, having been misplaced in moving. He ended up using the transcript for his original article. Ten years later Aerosmith guitarist enlisted Davis to write his speech inducting Led Zeppelin into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and, once again, his search for his LZ-'75 notebooks came up short, although the final speech from Perry and from Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler was nothing short of brilliant. Davis finally found the notebooks in 2005, along with some cassette tape interview recordings and some other items from the tour. This book is the journey that journalist Stephen Davis had taken on tour with Led Zeppelin from January to March 1975.

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After a warmup meeting with Goldberg at Zeppelin's New York City, Davis joined up with Zeppelin on the first Chicago date on the 1975 tour. He was set to write an article, not for Creem or Rolling Stone, but for The Atlantic Review, a monthly political magazine.

The tour was already doomed with Jimmy Page spraining his left ring finger in a train door before leaving England and Robert Plant catching influenza upon arrival to the United States. The band had a few warmups in a London Theatre and a few warmup gigs in front of the public, but were extremely rusty in the month of January. The band were messing up songs that should have been easy to perform. Combining the disappointment of that with the fast paced life of going from concerts to limousines to the Starship and on to the next concert made for low band morale and having each of the band members to slowly separate from each other into their own worlds offstage.

Slowly, throughout the month of February, Robert's voice improved and Jimmy's hand was healing and Led Zeppelin's performance level was coming back. Offstage, Led Zeppelin hadn't skipped a beat. John Bonham was overindulging in alcohol as a way to self medicate his pain from being homesick from his family in England, although his attempted to call home every day before he passed out went to bed. Since he was drinking as much as he was, Bonham both earned the new nickname "The Beast" who would act out violently against anyone who would even breathe incorrectly in his direction (journalists, roadies, groupies) and also would have gastrointestinal issues that would force the convoy of limousines to have to stop multiple times on the way to the airport for Bonham.

In early March 1975, Stephen Davis had called his photographer friend Peter Simon had come up to Los Angeles to photograph Robert Plant while Davis interviewed him. Mid-interview, Plant walked out onto the balcony, stretched out his arms to the world and proclaimed "I AM A GOLDEN GOD!"

After that, Led Zeppelin flew up the west coast and performed shows in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. By the time that Led Zeppelin had reached their last few gigs at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, they were a well-oiled machine. Record executives, the fans and the groupies were all there, driving them to a higher level. Led Zeppelin had finished their tour on the top.

Davis had said goodbye and went home to transcribe his notes into an article for The Atlantic Review. The article was rejected by the editors, calling Led Zeppelin screaming monkies. Davis didn't care because he still got paid. He had secured a seat on the Starship and got to experience the best band in the world on their best tour ever.

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I _love_ this book. It isn't told with any particular angle or promotion. It's told from the first-hand perspective who was there to witness from the beginning to the end of the 1975 US Tour. If you enjoyed the stories that were told in Hammer Of The Gods then LZ-'75 will be a delicious slice of pie with a scoop of ice cream on top for you. The 224 pages of stories contained within this book certainly make you a fly on the wall for every second. Go out and get this book!

Celebration Day: The Led Zeppelin Encyclopedia

Celebration Day: The Led Zeppelin Encyclopedia

Everyone knows that Peter Grant was Led Zeppelin's manager, that he was often called the fifth member of the band and that Olympic Studios was the location that tracks from Led Zeppelin, , Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti were recorded at. Do you know the connection between Led Zeppelin and Glynis Johns is? How about Rushcock Parish Church? What is the significance of the University of Surrey for Led Zeppelin and who is George Hardie?

Answers to these questions and many more can be found in Celebration Day: The "Led Zeppelin" Encyclopedia >, an unofficial publication written by rock journalists Malcolm Dome and Jerry Ewing, available in bookstores on June 23, 2010. While other types of books on Led Zeppelin have saturated the market, this is the first real encyclopedia-style book spanning the entire time of Led Zeppelin and the members solo careers.

Reading through this book, I was constantly amazed at the information contained within, becoming as wide-eyed as I was when I dropped Led Zeppelin II onto the turntable at my buddy's house for the first time in high school.

This book holds a very important permanent place in my library, one that cannot be replaced. It is both an excellent read and an excellent all-around reference manual for the band Led Zeppelin and everything related.

Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics

Modern Meditations - Rock goes Zen : The Rock Classics

When I was asked to review a new CD entitled Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics, I was hesitant. I have heard most every interpretation of a Led Zeppelin song, from Jazz-based to classical to death metal and everything in between. I give every one of them credit for originality as they all had certainly opened my eyes. Some of the interpretations were outstanding and others were... well, just lacking.

With that said, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics. This CD was performed and produced by multi-instumentalist and 2000 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Dan Mylette. The first track fades in very slowly, with some rich chords from the Hammond organ, then adds layers of strings and finally some echoed guitar. All of the different textures of instruments compliment each other very well.

The effectiveness of music labelled as being meditative is no joke either. I listened to this on two different occasions while driving the car and both times I had to cut my trips short due to wanting to fall asleep, being so relaxed. These interpretations of rock classics are not hard on the ears at all. In fact, they are extremely soothing. I wonder, however, that other people may do what I did, which was trying to listen too hard to the melody of each song instead of the letting the tracks have it's desired effect. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure.

Included are interpretations from songs by Bob Dylan (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), The Beatles (Across The Universe), David Bowie (Changes), The Rolling Stones (You Can't Always Get What You Want), John Lennon (Imagine), Van Morrison (Into The Mystic), U2 (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For), The Police (Message in a Bottle), Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Bob Marley (One Love), Led Zeppelin (Stairway To Heaven) and a Modern Meditations' original track entitled Infinity.

This has to be one of the most exciting and entertaining collections of music I have ever seen. I think that most people would enjoy this CD in their collection.

Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls

Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls

Everyone needs to give Charles R. Cross an A+ for originality. What would possibly give a new Led Zeppelin biography an original edge in the oversaturated world these days? Why, of course, reproduced Led Zeppelin memorabilia. All joking aside, in this world of 50 million biographies about Led Zeppelin, authors strive to achieve an edge, to emerge in front of the rest. All of the stories that can be told have been told and all of the pictures have been posted. What's new? What can give the average reader the experience of living in the time of the 1960s and 1970s when Led Zeppelin was still in existance? Reproduced Led Zeppelin memorabilia.

The stories and facts contained with the 104 pages of the hardcovered book Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls are top-notch. It contains 90 full-color and black-and-white images, including some never-before-published and rare photos. This book is an excellent resource for knowledge on Led Zeppelin. Every time I pick it up, intending on viewing a couple pages, I end up flipping through the entire book.

This book definitely has a permanent place on my coffee table, with it's colorful covers and colorful inside. A+, Mr. Cross. A+!!!

Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band

Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true, then this book is worth at least 200 thousand words. Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band by Jerry Prochnicky and Ralph Hulett is an amazing and eye-opening look at Led Zeppelin from their first performance in Denmark on September 7, 1968 through their reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London, England on December 10, 2007.

Over 60 photographers have contributed their photos and stories to give a full look and perspective into an amazing history. From photos at the Rose Palace in Pasadena, California and the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts in May 1969 and February 1972 photos of Jimmy Page bending the D string during Heartbreaker at the Sydney Showground to Robert Plant in the San Diego Sports Arena on June 19, 1977 with clenched fist and the band performing their last song at the last concert before John Bonham died, you truly get everything in-between.

In addition to photos of live performances, you also get candid and private photos of the band members at home with their families, like John Paul Jones playing mandolin outside on the steps of his country estate in Hertfordshire, England for his wife Maureen and two of his daughters, Tamara and Jacinda, in August 1970 and Robert Plant, curled up in a wicker chair with his daughter Carmen.

Also captured are early shots of the band in the studio, working on tracks for upcoming albums as well as backstage shots before and after live concerts.

This hard covered, 216-page book is a perfect visual companion to Prochincky and Hulett's 2005 book Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight With Led Zeppelin. Whether this book ends up on your coffee table or in your bookcase library of Led Zeppelin-related books, it should be a required addition.

Jeff Strawman
October 2, 2009

Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story of Classic Rock's Greatest Robbery

Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story of Classic Rock's Greatest Robbery
When my husband, Jeff (owner of led-zeppelin.org), asked me to read and write a review on a Led Zeppelin book Black Dogs by Jason Buhrmester, I admit I was skeptical - I am NOT a Led Zeppelin fan.

However, all that being said, I picked up Black Dogs and I began reading. Honestly, this was on book I could not put down - I even walked around the house while reading.

Mr. Buhrmester has a way of writing that makes this story of the theft of Led Zeppelin's money almost believable.

Throughout the story of a bunch of bumbling idiots, and how they may have pulled off this "heist" was quite entertaining and very hilarious at time. More often than not, I had to shake my head at the imporbability of the "heist" happening as Mr. Buhrmester writes, but in actuality, a lot of "heists" happen in the way he proposes.

All in all, the Black Dogs book was an extremely interesting read and I would most likely be reading it again. I highly recommend all Led Zeppelin fans read it, as well as those that like the true crime books, and even for the general fiction reader. You definitely won't be disappointed! I wasn't! --Michelle Strawman, July 11, 2009

Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin Vol. One

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"Page was really, really fast on the guitar. What a player - and loud! Plant's vocals were almost out of control and had a desparate quality to them that i hadn't heard in any other singer, quite like that. Bonham and Jones looked and sounded like they knew what they were doing. Like I said before, we didn't know who Jones, Bonham and Plant were. My friends were stunned at how Zeppelin played too. We were all impressed at how good they were. And they were only an opening act." -Bob Stall on Led Zeppelin's Dec. 29. 1968 Portland, Oregon Performance.

Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin, Volume 1 Break & Enter by Frank Reddon is the first part in a series on Led Zeppelin as told by people that were there, seeing them live and concert and from the outside perspective of those that were alive and aware of the changing times of rock music.

From Don Fitzpatrick, who promoted Led Zeppelin at the JFK Pavilion, Gonzaga University at Spokane, Washington, who got swung at by Jimmy Page for introuducing the band incorrectly to the late, great DJ/VJ J.J. Jackson who attended Zeppelin's January 1969 Boston Tea Party shows to Andy Simpson, a San Francisco blues guitarist who discusses the 1960s music scene in San Francisco, I really got a total and complete sense of Led Zeppelin in their infancy.

This 736-page behemoth boasts 53 separate interviewees as well as a section of learning resources, which contains suggested books, articles, websites, officially released CDs and DVDs.

Volume 2: You Shook U.S. and Volume 3: The Tape Kept A-Rollin' are future volumes in this series set to be released later in 2009 and I personally cannot wait to read them as quickly and with such enthusiasm as I did this 1st edition.

You can order Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin, Volume 1 Break & Enter online and via mail from the Enzepplopedia Publishing, Inc. website.

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.

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

Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz

Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz
Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz, a new CD released on October 1, 2008 by Wave Mechanics Union, interprets the works of classic rock and progressive bands Yes, Rush, The Who, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Police and Led Zeppelin, to name a few, and gives them the ultimate jazz makeover.

Assembled from almost 30 musicians from Indianapolis, Nashville and Los Angeles, this project is absolutely top notch. When I closed my eyes, I swear I could hear the smooth and silky stylings of Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Vocalist Lydia McAdams exemplifies the very essence of jazz singing and the arrangements of Ryan Fraley and Ralph Johnson left me speechless in how they transformed guitar, bass, keyboards and drums into a full jazz orchestra.

I played this CD recently at a cocktail party and turned the volume up just enough so that other guests could just barely hear the vocals. I stood back in the corner to watch the reaction and was amazed. Between the people mouthing the words, to the giggles, to the heads turning to the toetapping, everyone in the room could not believe what they heard. Aside from the popularity of the original tracks, these new arrangements easily caught the attention of the party guests.

Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz is currently available from Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, iTunes, and the group's website progjazz.com.

The Rock 'N' Roll Wedding Collection

The Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection
Gnarrrrly! Now you rockers that are heading down the aisle can stay true to your roots and make your chick stay happy. The Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection offers fifteen tracks of everything from rock classics to new rock favorites.

I found while listening to this CD that these string quartet versions are very interesting recreations of the original, even letting instruments play as the lead vocals.

For those about to rock, say I do!

Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man

Jimmy Page: Magus, Magician, Man

Entering the middle years of the 1970s, Jimmy Page had a good case to be leading the world's biggest rock group, in a day when such a title was hotly contested and carried a serious cultural cachet. Without ever becoming a household name or a multimedia fixture, Led Zeppelin was an indisputable success within the music industry and among the teeming youth market.

Author George Case has penned the first biography of Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page. Although unauthorized, Case has included countless intimate stories about Page and the rest of Led Zeppelin, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer/percussionist John Bonham.

Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man is an EXCELLENT book that I am sure is the result on thousands of hours of research and piecing together many articles and interviews.

Starting with Page's birth in January 1944 in Heston, George Case paints a very detailed portrait of every facet of Jimmy Page's life, from his days as a session man to being a Yardbird to the twelve years in Led Zeppelin to being a solo artist up through Page's OBE ceremony.

Along with Mick Bonham's John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin and Chris Welch's Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin, I recommend George Case's Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man as the only autobiography you will need on Jimmy Page. Now, if only Robert Plant and John Paul Jones would follow suit.

The Song Remains The Same DVD (2007)

The Song Remains The Same DVD

Ever since the 1976 theatrical release, Led Zeppelin fans noticed that The Song Remains The Same wasn't right. Jimmy Page's fingers weren't moving together with the sound, John Paul Jones wore three different outfits, abrupt tempo and musical changes (ie: bad splicing) and what's up with those fantasy scenes?

Well, John Paul Jones still has the same bad clothes and Jimmy Page still climbs to the top of the mountain only to find himself, however Jimmy Page and producer Kevin Shirley have made a valiant attempt to match the audio up with the visuals. Due to legal restrictions, the video couldn't be altered visually. On top of that, the audio has been remastered and remixed in Dolby 5.1 aural goodness.

Something new, which wasn't included in 1997's direct-to-DVD release, is the addition of a second disc of extras. The extras include two never-before-released performances of Celebration Day, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean (which were included in 2003's DVD), TV Footage about the 1973 Tampa concert, Led Zeppelin robbed during the MSG concerts, Robert Plant's BBC Interview, the original movie trailer and a Radio Profile Spotlight by Cameron Crowe from 1976.

All in all, this release is greatly desired and appreciated. Hopefully, it is the first of many more things to come from Jimmy Page and company.

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby  Renditions of Led Zeppelin

Close the door, put out the lights... and turn on the nightlight. Tonight your baby will fall asleep to the sounds of Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin from the Rockabye Baby! series, now available from Baby Rock Records. 11 of the most popular tracks by Led Zeppelin have been transformed into melodious lullabies by performer and arranger Michael Armstrong. Instead of distorted Gibson guitar licks and Fender Jazz bass grooves, glockenspiel, vibraphone, mellotron and other instruments complete these songs.

Just as a test, I let this CD play for my two-week old daughter. Within minutes she and her mother were both asleep in their respective beds. I, personally, find this CD to be very relaxing in the car and at work, yet it still makes me toe-tap to the beat.

As the liner notes say, "Hasn't it been a long time since your baby rock and rolled?"

Media Reviews

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Release Date: December 15, 2014
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What You Want Is In The Limo What You Want Is In The Limo
by Michael Walker
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World
by Denny Somach
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Rotosound RFB1 Fuzz Pedal Rotosound RFB1 Fuzz Pedal
Release Date: November/December 2012
Afterglow by Black Country Communion Afterglow by Black Country Communion
Release Date: October 29, 2012
BEAT mm - Jørgen Angels Fotografier 1966-1983 BEAT mm - Jørgen Angels Fotografier 1966-1983
by Martin Blom Hansen
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin
by Alfred Music Publishing
Release Date: June 2012
From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin
by Dave Lewis
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
by Universal
Release Date: July 9, 2012
Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused
by Cinema Epoch
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Led Zeppelin Guitar Method Led Zeppelin Guitar Method
by Rob Manus and L.C. Harnsberger
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up
by Greg Russo
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Led Zeppelin FAQ Led Zeppelin FAQ
by George Case
Release Date: November 1, 2011
The Band Of Joy The Band Of Joy
Record Collector Magazine
by Harry Barber
Release Date: 2010
Led Zeppelin: The Making Of Their Legendary Third Album Led Zeppelin: The Making Of Their Legendary Third Album
Record Collector Magazine
by Dave Lewis
Release Date: Christmas 2010
LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour
by Stephen Welch
Release Date: October 28, 2010
Treasures of Led Zeppelin Treasures of Led Zeppelin
by Chris Welch
Release Date: October 05, 2010
In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics
by Jezz Woodroffe
Release Date: August 5, 2010
Celebration Day: The Led Zeppelin Encyclopedia Celebration Day: The Led Zeppelin Encyclopedia
by Malcom Dome and Jerry Ewing
Release Date: June 23, 2010
Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics
by Various Artists
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls
by Charles R. Cross
Release Date: October 06, 2009
Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band
by Jerry Prochnicky
Release Date: October 01, 2009
Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story of Classic Rock's Greatest Robbery Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story of Classic Rock's Greatest Robbery
by Jason Buhrmester
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin Vol. One Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin Vol. One
by Frank Reddon
Release Date: January 1, 2008
The Making of Led Zeppelin's IV The Making of Led Zeppelin's IV
by Robert Godwin
Release Date: December 1, 2008
Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time
by Jon Bream
Release Date: October 1, 2008
Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz Second Season: Progressive and Classic Rock as Jazz
by Wave Mechanics Union
Release Date: October 1, 2008
The Rock 'N' Roll Wedding Collection The Rock 'N' Roll Wedding Collection
by Vitamin String Quartet
Release Date: March 1, 2008
The Song Remains The Same The Song Remains The Same (2007)
by Led Zeppelin
Release Date: November 20, 2007
Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man
by George Case
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin
by Various Artists
Release Date: October 31, 2006
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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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