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LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour Hardcover – October 28, 2010

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Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood (with Mick Fleetwood), and the Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; First Edition edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Davis is America's preeminent rock journalist and biographer, having written numerous bestsellers on rock bands, including the smash hit Hammer of the Gods. He lives in Boston.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Canellis on November 5, 2010
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As one of the "millions of kids" that attended a Led Zeppelin concert during their 1975 "Physical Graffiti" Tour, I consumed this book immediately. Stephen Davis' newest contribution to the Led Zeppelin canon was nothing more than a refreshment of every "Circus," "Rolling Stone," "Creem" or "Hit Parader" article written about this tour that I had read. Davis' scholarly/historian pen of "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga" has been superseded with a dumbed-down adjective-laced prose that borders on corny. Gleaned from decades lost notebooks kept while on assignment for The Atlantic Monthly, placing Davis among Zeppelin's entourage for two crucial months of the tour, this mere 217-page chronicle comes off as a rush job instead of the Tour de Force it could have been.

Davis writes from his own perspective as a journalist, not a fan. Readers should keep this in mind. As any good reporter, Davis gives his readers the "who, what, where, when and how," but is less than successful at the "why" events happened the way they did. Davis' offers personal slant, but, unlike "Hammer of the Gods," little hindsight or analytical reflection. Having observed Led Zeppelin in their acclaimed 1969 Boston Tea Party Concert, Davis seems to view Zeppelin's 1975 Tour as a gaudy spectacle: repeatedly alluding to the addition of John Bonham's drum riser, the laser beam light show, and a radiant 15,000 light bulb LED ZEPPELIN that closed every concert. Davis reminds us that this tour was wracked with problems from the start: The tour took place in the worst winter weather in recent memory. Robert Plant suffered from the flu, which noticeably affected his vocal performance during the early shows.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ernst on November 10, 2010
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As an avid fan of all notable Led-Zeppelin reads, I must say this book is comparable to a cup of weak tea. In this instance Davis tries to use the same tea bag to make a second cup of tea. There's not really anything new in LZ-'75 that hasn't already been covered in his previous and more notable LZ book, "Hammer of the Gods" published in 1985. As a rock journalist Steven Davis doesn't seem to be able to grasp Led-Zeppelin or their music. He was certainly not a Zeppelin ethusiast, aficionado or "insider" and his writing comes off as such--flat and unhip. I must say I can't totally pan the book, although I believe their are better Zeppelin reads out there. Check out Davis' "Hammer of the Gods", Mick Wall's "When Giants Walked the Earth" Chris Welch's "Peter Grant-The Man Who Led Zeppelin" and Ritchie Yorke's "Led Zeppelin--The Definitive Biography". 2 & 1/2 *'s
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Kerrigan on December 11, 2010
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SAVE YOUR MONEY. There is great writing about rock and roll (Lester Bangs, Nick Kent, Stanley Booth), and then there is this --- absolutely the worst, most insipid music writing I have ever read. I only kept reading to see how bad it could eventually get, and amused myself by highlighting especially wretched sections. Want a list of movies playing within walking distance of the Plaza Hotel in 1975? This is the book you've been waiting for. Want a collection of the lamest metaphors in Western journalism ("With the unstoppable momentum of a rolling brownstone...")? Then this is your stairway to bad metaphor heaven. Does a line like this appeal? "The Led Zeppelin show turned into ten minutes of bawdiness and fun from the darkest depths of Mordor." YEESH. You will learn nothing about the mighty Zep, but you will learn how that the author's room was painted wine red at the Riot House in L.A., along with the same exact commentary about every '75 Zep show, condensed into the flattest prose imaginable. I didn't think it was possible to make a band as brilliant and mysterious as Led Zep boring, but Stephen Davis has accomplished the seemingly impossible. If you're even considering buying this, skip over to Stanley Booth's "True Adventures of the Rolling Stones" and get a real sense of what a rock n' roll tour is like. You won't find it here. Re-lose the notebooks, Davis. The lost chronicles should have stayed lost...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 31, 2010
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215 pages of text (including a Prologue) and photographs, many unpublished until now. The author, Stephen Davis, has written a number of books on both rock 'n' roll and musicians. This is probably closer to a 3 1/2 star review, depending on what you know about the band during this period, and whether the price/worth of the book is agreeable to you.

This is a book that comes from several diaries Davis had misplaced for many years. They come from a period when LED ZEPPELIN was the biggest band in the world-slaying any other band around. The period is question is the 1975 North American, tour when Zeppelin was king.

As a stand alone book it's fairly good, but for those who want to know something in depth about the group and/or it's music you're probably better off looking elsewhere. This book is aimed primarily for people who already know about the band, rather than people who know of the band. If you've read Davis' "Hammer of the Gods", or "When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin"" by Mick Wall, for instance, "LZ-'75" is a good addition, an addendum, to whats found in those books.

Davis had a ringside seat on this tour, with access to the band, both on and off stage. Included are "lost" interviews with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and Davis' chronicle of the band's performances on tour. There's also an inside look at the band lifestyle off stage which was a direct result of the hysteria surrounding the band during this time. From his vantage point, Davis was privy to the many ups and downs the band as a whole, and individually, encountered, during this massive tour. Loneliness, illness, drugs and all the rest are laid out for the reader.
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