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The final word on the world's greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin.

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Mick Wall was the founding editor of Classic Rock Magazine. He's the author of numerous music titles, including books on Iron Maiden, Don Arden, Axl Rose, Led Zeppelin and John Peel. He ghosted XS All Areas: The Autobiography of Status Quo and is a former DJ on Capital Radio.

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Simon Vance transports the listener back in time to the dawn of heavy metal in rock journalist Wall's biography of the legendary Led Zeppelin. Tracing the origins and history of the band and its members-from the early days with the Yardbirds to the birth and global conquest of the Mighty Zeppelin-Vance delivers a gritty performance that captures the spirit of both the band and the late 1960s. Although Wall's portrait is often unpalatably sycophantic-particularly unfortunate are the melodramatic sections told in the second person-Vance's range of voices and lively, spirited narration enliven the detailed history of the band and the private lives of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. A must for die-hard Zeppelin fans only, this audiobook, with its 18 hours of smitten zealotry, may prove too much for the casual listener. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 14). (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

A document of a bygone age... they summed up the best and worst of rock culture in the 1970s -- Robert Sandall * TIMES *
an exemplary rock biography * CATHOLIC HERALD *
Well illustrated and utterly compelling * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER *

In the days before the Internet, this would have been hailed as the definitive tome on one of rock's most hallowed bands. And it still might be. But with virtually every Zeppelin secret or anecdote posted on some web page, this book is a bit of an anticlimax for hard-core Zepheads craving new info. But this biography, built from research and personal interviews with band members, can be a bible on the band for general music fans who don't fill their closets with Zeppelin concert bootlegs. British music journalist Wall (W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose) deserves credit for refraining from retreading groupie stories or the drama of premature deaths; instead, he devotes ample space to the idea of Zeppelin's musical plagiarism and explores, in much detail, guitarist Jimmy Page's fascination with the occult. Verdict Save for some awkward second-person passages "flashing back" to band members' pasts, Wall's thorough book can be as engrossing and epic as a Zeppelin tune. Recommended for rock music fans and anyone with curiosities about pop culture and the occult.-Robert Morast, Fargo, ND Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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