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From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin

From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin

I had first heard of Dave Lewis in the mid-late 1990s when I purchased Led Zeppelin: The Concert File. I was absolutely blown away by the amount of detail that went into this book, I thought that it must have come from the heavens itself. I became a quick fan of his Tight But Loose website, which not only supported his long-running Led Zeppelin fanzine of the same name, but kept up-to-date information on everything Led Zeppelin. Some of his other books have gone into updated editions and he put out a book on the 1979 Knebworth concerts and Led Zeppelin's 1980 European tour and I thought to myself, 'What can possibly be written about Led Zeppelin that hasn't been written before?"

Enter From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin's discography. Some other books have referenced Zeppelin's discography, including Dave's own A Celebration, however Whisper stands out from any others, due to the discography being the primary subject in this book. This is, in fact, an updated edition of Dave's 2003 book "Led Zeppelin: The Complete Guide To Their Music" - with track-by-track analyses and live appearances of both studio albums, as well as compliations and their video discography.

Also included is a very detailed timeline that chronologizes live Zeppelin dates, album releases and public appearances. Dave also lists the top 30 bootlegs from all parts of Zeppelin's career as well as a though list of studio outtakes.

Noone will ever find another book like this in existance just for the simple fact that it was written by the ultimate Led Zeppelin fan. It doesn't come off as a book written by a stiff, unknowning non-fan. It's a very tight but loose and personable, reference manual.

If you're a casual fan or a diehard Zeppaholic, this book will be a great read.

From a Whisper to a Scream: Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin is available at TBLWeb or at Amazon in paperback or Kindle formats.

Jeff Strawman
August 10, 2012

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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