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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 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

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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