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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.

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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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