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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

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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