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Led Zeppelin The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band (Hardcover)

Author:  Barney Hoskyns
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0470894326
ISBN-13: 9780470894323
Sku: 230978796
Publish Date: 10/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 2T
Pages:  538
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The definitive oral history of the iconic, bestselling rock band Led Zeppelin

With Robert Plant on lead vocal and Jimmy Page on guitar, Led Zeppelin is one of the most iconic, legendary, and influential rock bands in musical history. Tales of their indulgence in sex, drugs, and excess have swirled for decades. In this definitive oral history of the band, Barney Hoskyns finally reveals the truth about Led Zeppelin, paring away the myths and describing what life was really like for four young men on top of the world, enjoying fame on a scale that not even the Beatles experienced as a touring live act. Through fresh new interviews with the surviving band members, close friends, their tour manager, and scores of other fascinating characters, Hoskyns provides deep insights into the personalities of the band members and chronicles the group's dramatic rise, fall, and legacy.

  • Based on more than 200 interviews with everyone from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones to road manager Richard Cole, their late manager Peter Grant, and many others central to the Zeppelin story
  • Features striking photos of the band both on and offstage, many published here for the first time
  • Takes a fresh look at Led Zeppelin's music, cultural significance, and legend, as well as the highs and lows of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle on the road
  • Analyzes the way the band wrote, arranged, and recorded, from how they created the stupendous sound and dynamics on "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" to the group's folk-suffused acoustic side embodied in songs like "Friends" and "That's the Way"
  • Written by Barney Hoskyns, contributing editor at British Vogue who is the author of the bestselling book Hotel California and the co-founder of online music-journalism library Rock's Backpages
Author Bio
Barney Hoskyns
Rock critic and writer Barney Hoskyns was born in London and educated at Oxford. On graduating in 1980, he parlayed an unsuccessful attempt at a first novel into a journalistic career that has involved writing for Melody Maker, New Musical Express, Rolling Stone, and Spin, among other influential publications. His first book, SAY IT ONE TIME FOR THE BROKENHEARTED, was published in 1987, while a controversial biography of the Band, ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, remains one of the most authoritative books on the group. He has also worked as a contributing editor for Vogue, and as the U.S. bureau chief for the British music magazine, Mojo, as well as broadcasting regularly on music on radio and TV in the UK. Begun in 2000, his website,, is a remarkable archive of rock writing containing pieces by a wide variety of writers on artists from the 1960s to the present.

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0538
Product attributePublisher:   John Wiley & Sons
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