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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

December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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