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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

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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