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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keith Shadwick is the author of numerous books, including The Illustrated Story of Jazz, The Gramophone Jazz Good CD Guide, Bill Evans - Everything Happens to Me, and Jimi Hendrix: Musician. He has written on jazz and classical music for London newpapers including the Daily Mail and Financial Times, and magazines such as The Wire and Jazzwise. He has contributed to the British radio stations Classic FM and JAZZFM. He trained as a saxophonist and is currently based in London.

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Mr. Shadwick is sometimes opinionated, but it only reveals his deep respect and knowledge of the band.
Wm D. Reed
Keith Shadwick brings an informative, extremely well written thorough biography of Led Zeppelin in a manner that the band members truly deserve.
Barbara Rose
It's obvious he thinks using lots of verbiage and musical terms nobody cares about makes good reading, but it doesn't.
Invisible Pedestrian

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Car Guy VINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
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What sets this new group biography apart from all the rest (including the wonderful Stephen Davis "Hammer of the Gods") is that the author seeks to inform only about the music. No gossip, no rumors, just music. Shadwick sheds light on both studio and live performances and encourages the listener to appreciate Led Zeppelin with new ears.

There are many volumes available about LZ, but I think with this new book by Keith Shadwick we now have the definitive biography.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on September 8, 2006
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Keith Shadwick brings an informative, extremely well written thorough biography of Led Zeppelin in a manner that the band members truly deserve. His focus on what drives the band's passion - their music, their unquenchable drive for unique and meaningful musical and lyrical expression will serve any reader interested in Led Zeppelin well.

The photos are excellent. The writing is vivid, honest, and diverse in scope.

More than anything, "Led Zeppelin: 1968-1980" brings a historical, dignified, and well rounded representation of one of the greatest bands in the history of rock and roll to life.

It's well worth the price & deserves 10 stars.

Barbara Rose, author of If God Was Like Man and Stop Being the String Along
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rossetti on June 26, 2007
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Keith Shadwick without a doubt has compiled the most detailed account of the bands career, interviews, and quotes; yet his "musical snob elitist" attitude gets in the way of enjoying this book to its full extent. Keith finds a problem with literally every single song the band had ever recorded, even down to the tinest detail, and constantly quips how great other lesser known, or more under appriciated older musicians are when comparing every song to older ones. It is to no Zeppelin fan's suprise that the band had borrowed ideas from other artists, from pop to folk music, but at that time in the music industry it was normal to cover other bands music and it was a time when bands wrote singles and did not worry about full albums like zeppelin did. His personal opinions make you wonder at times if he is even a fan of the band or not, by trying to make the best effort to disguise his disliking of the band in favor of more "pure" musicians who put out more "inspired" music, as he puts it over and over. His information about the tours, attitudes and visions of the band, and facts are wonderful and that is what kept me reading the book, but his obvious musical snobbery (many times simply just his WELL OVERTHOUGHT opinion about things) kept this book from being what it could have been.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Kandah on June 18, 2006
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This book I discovered at the Local Library and it brought me back to my high-school days when I listened incessantly to Zeppelin and other stadium-filling rock bands of the day. Nostalgia filled me and the book deepened my regard for this incredible rock and roll band. Sure they had flaws, but they lived a musical dream, a rock fantasy, and they cared mostly about their music, and this book highlights their history, their vision, their immense talent, their personal demons, and everything that life threw them. This is a well-written, highly engaging, almost scholarly tome of a band that deserved the hoopla heaped on their doorstep. Essential reading for any rock and roll fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ClassicLotus on April 12, 2007
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This is the best historical account I have read - and I have read most of the books on Zeppelin that have been published. What makes this book different and in my opinion better, is that it is much less about the partying and much more about the process that they used to create the music. There is great historical info on the Yardbirds and good accounts of concerts.

Most if not all of the photos have been published but that is understandable since there is limited supply of photos. It's unfortunate that Zeppelin didn't seem to have a staff photographer along for the ride. Same is true for the limited video shot of the band.

If there is a downside to this book it is the editing. It is written by a british author and it shows. It was not edited/translated for American readers so you will need to read some of the passages twice to get past what seems like bad structure. British readers may not agree but it does have a few rough spots for American readers. This is no reason not to consider this book.

If you are a Zeppelin fan or are just interested in the history of the music scene at that time, then you should add this book to your collection. It is the best Zeppelin book yet. It's not "Hammer of the Gods" which is a disputed accounting of the band's history. This book is full of foot notes identifying sources - It is much more honest in describing the bands history.
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