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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
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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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