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Hammer of the Gods Mass Market Paperback – Deluxe Edition, January 1, 2001
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But from the mid '70s onwards, a dark cloud followed the band. From Robert Plant's near fatal car accident in 1975 and his son's death in 1977, Page's descent into heroin addiction in 1976, and ultimately Bonham's fatal vodka binge in September, 1980, the Zeppelin saga certainly has a tragic side.
This book is fairly uneven in that Davis documents Zeppelin's timeline fairly meticulously until 1975, and then he seems to be rushing to get to the end. He also fails to acknowledge that Zeppelin became an erratic live act from 1977 onward due to the deteriorating health of Page and Bonham. Davis would have you believe that in spite of the excessive substance abuse, Zeppelin remained in top form, and there is plenty of recorded evidence to refute that. Having Richard Cole as a primary source tends to undercut the credibility of the book as well. That said, it is obvious that Davis certainly respects Zeppelin's musical accomplishments, and ultimately that is the point. Zeppelin may have overindulged, but the music is what the band will be remembered for.
This book did much to promote the legend and legacy of Zep - warts and all...
In one way it is odd, then, that this unauthorised (and roundly denounced) biography made such a splash. But lusty tales of bondage with sharks, wrecked hotel rooms and satanic backward masking must, for the kids, have been a welcome relief from the glassy neuroticism of A Flock Of Seagulls and their painted, dilettante cohorts - so perhaps no wonder, and it is always darkest before dawn, after all. And day was about to break; in 1985 a young Axl Rose was warming up in the wings. The mighty Zeppelin's legacy hasn't looked back since.
It's quite a legacy, if Stephen Davis is even partly to be believed. (Messrs. Page and Plant would bid you not). Davis writes colourfully, outrageously, bombastically but most of all entertainingly, and in that way as many others does Hammer Of The Gods befit, and reflect the glory of, its subject matter.
For all that it is a little uneven.Read more ›
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My objective review: I thoroughly enjoyed the views of Mr Davis and the book, and I would suggest to other readers to keep the Led Zeppelin discography at hand so that they can... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Karl Thorsson
Like it. May be not very factual and a lot of sensation, but amusingPublished 4 months ago by Tina Savitri
Excellent book, although it's biased especially towards the end. The book slanders other bands of the era as knock-offs or punks and fails to mention literally any other successful... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Mills
Great discussion of their influences and how they shaped their iconic sound as they were putting the band together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TIMOTHY ROBERTSON
Very satisfied with the whole process. Top Notch process. Keep up the good work.Published 5 months ago by Jerry Bob Barton