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Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World by Denny Somach was released on November 6, 2012 by Sterling. Somach produces and writes for Carol Miller's widely syndicated radio program of the same name.

You can divide up the 256-page book into three main sections: A Chronology, Interviews & a Discography.

The Chronology lists Led Zeppelin-related events in almost a day-to-day frequency in the years of 1968 to 1980. Some of the events are common knowledge, such as on April 1, 1971, Led Zeppelin performed the Paris Theatre concert, recorded by BBC Radio for John Peel’s In Concert Program. Others are less known, such as on August 26, 1970 The time of Led Zeppelin’s concert at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, was shifted from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This was because John Paul Jones’s father, Joe Baldwin, had just died. Ticket refunds were offered to those who were inconvenienced by the change of time. A local newspaper reported that Jones had left the concert early and that an unidentified girl wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the concert promoter, Belkin Productions, filled in on bass for an encore. Putting all of the events in chronological order really allows for a sense of how busy and heavy & how great of a ride Zeppelin really was.

There are twenty-seven interviews included, which were conducted by Somach over the years. Somach interviewed musicians, such as Jason Bonham, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper, insiders, such as Richard Cole, Eddie Kramer and Cameron Crowe. Those that were interviewed were contemporaries of Led Zeppelin, people were actually there at the time, giving first-hand accounts of what went on and what did not happen. Some truths were made mention of that had squashed some of the oldest tales in Zeppelin lore.

The Discography expands on existing versions that contained factual information, such as track listings and studio personnel names by giving the back story and listing of pertinent events related to each album, starting with Led Zeppelin up through the 2007 reunion concert, which hadn’t been released at the time of this book’s publication.

This is quite a charming book. There’s no fictional fluff or drama located within. Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World is all about the truthful info that Led Zeppelin fanatics want to know.

Jeff Strawman
November 23, 2012

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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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