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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

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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