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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

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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