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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

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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