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Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin

Interviews and Encounters

Edited by Hank Bordowitz

Musicians in Their Own Words


480 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781613738801

Rights: WOR X UK, AU, NZ & IE

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2017)


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There are lots of wild stories about Led Zeppelin—some true, some false. Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin dishes up the facts, in the band's own words, as they saw them. It shoots down the folklore and assumptions about Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham and presents the band's full history, from when Jimmy Page was playing skiffle to the day the band was honored by the Kennedy Center for their contribution to American and global culture. Any band is an amalgam of the players, but in very special cases, those players form an entity unto itself. Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin captures the ideas of all of the band's members at the time they created classics like "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Kashmir" but also encapsulates the idea of the band itself as it crafted the music that changed pop culture. In the process, the book offers insight into what made Led Zeppelin tick—and what made it the most popular band in the world. In a series of over fifty interviews from 1957 to 2012, many never before seen in print, this is the story of Led Zeppelin, as it happened, told by the people who knew it best—the members of the band.


"I still remember listening to Led Zeppelin's debut album for the first time, the same year we recorded "Spirit In The Sky".  We knew it was a game changer.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of interviews with Led Zeppelin band members.  Highly recommended."— Russell DaShiell, writer, producer, lead guitarist

"When Hank first approached me about my Led Zeppelin coverage from 1973 -- back when their gig at Tampa Stadium was crowned the biggest show by a single band in rock history -- I knew this wasn't gonna be just another Zep potboiler.  Hank is a tenacious researcher, an obsessive rock fan, and serves a mean lunch.  It's all good." --Arthur Levy, rock historian and archivist

“Bordowitz provides evenhanded treatment of highly charged issues . . . persuasively demonstrating that CCR has earned their reputation as one of the most important bands in rock history.”  —Publishers Weekly on Bad Moon Rising

“A very thorough book.”  —Mojo on Bad Moon Rising

“A great read for casual readers and longtime fans.”  —Library Journal on Every Little Thing Gonna Be All Right

“An intriguing collection . . . absolutely fascinating. . . . Every entry tells the reader something of interest.”  —Goldmine on Every Little Thing Gonna Be All Right

"This telling is refreshing and does the unthinkable: it makes Led Zeppelin, beloved to the point of worship, actually likeable." —PopMatters

"This truly is a fascinating and exciting collection presented in this book. It truly allows the reader to experience a more personal insight and, to a certain extent, breaks down a bit of the whole mystique of Led Zeppelin as a whole, without destroying that revered image that so many millions of fans have, allowing them to know Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham as real people." —Achilles Last Stand 

Author Biography

Hank Bordowitz's books include Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival; Billy Joel: The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man; Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader; The U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Reviews; Turning Points in Rock and Roll; Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks; and The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook. He has written for Spin, Playboy, Jazziz, and hundreds of other publications and is an itinerant professor of music, the music business, and writing

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