'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.
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