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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

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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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