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Treasures of Led Zeppelin

Treasures Of Led Zeppelin
Chris Welch is a British rock journalist that has interviewed everyone from Tina Turner, Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd), Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Phil Collins, just to name a few. He joined the staff of Melody Maker in October 1964 and the first band that he interviewed was The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton.

On October 18, 1968, Chris Welch attended a concert at London's Marquee Club on Wardour Street. Support band was a local band named Sleepy and the night was headlined by The Yardbirds, whom only a week later changed their name to Led Zeppelin. He claimed that there was only 150 people there that night at the Marquee and wrote in an interview of the night that "this band will go far". Too right.

Welch had seen Led Zeppelin in concert on many more occasions while reporting for Melody Maker, including at the Carnegie Hall in 1969, the entire German Tour in Spring 1970, Earls Court in 1975 and the occasional solo Plant or Page gig.

In addition to interviews, Welch is quite the author of rock noteables, including Jimi Hendrix, Cream, David Bowie, John Bonham and Peter Grant, as well as writing liner notes for many albums.

Treasures of Led Zeppelin is set to hit U.S. book stores on October 5, 2010, although it has already been released in the United Kingdom on May 13. It is Welch's 6th book with the subject related to Led Zeppelin and the first book in 12 years directly about Zeppelin. Treasures of Led Zeppelin focuses on the memorabilia related to Led Zeppelin, including replications of ticket stubs, posters, flyers and other items. Rounding out this 64-page behemouth, is a chronologized biography, including years before and after Led Zeppelin up until July 2009. A gathering of the usual photos helps visually guide the reader along the way in the history of Led Zeppelin.

To the reader who is just an occasional fan of Led Zeppelin, this book is perfect. It contains a little bit of everything visually to stimulate your senses and educate you on Led Zeppelin. To the more avid fanatic, however, it is evident that there is a bit some of the dates and facts are incorrect. Some of the pieces of memorabilia are affixed to the pages in the box with something that resembles scotch tape and some of the guides to identify what pieces of memorabilia are have been placed a bit illogically. With that said, I was a little disappointed at the end of reading this book. For someone with the credentials and experience that Chris Welch has, I wish that this book could have been a little bit better.

In any event, Treasures of Led Zeppelin absolutely does not fail to gain the attention with it's colorful use of the memorabilia and photographs. It does present some facts that are only known to the well seasoned Led Zeppelin and it can definitely be used as a resource point.

Jeff Strawman, August 2010

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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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