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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin Paperback – November 9, 2010
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“Sensational.” ―New York Times
“Entertaining, thoughtful.” ―Los Angeles Times
“His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work...an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Wall does well to shine light on the myths and music magic of Led Zep--rendering what could have been cartoonish real and sincere.” ―TimeOut Chicago
“[T]hat Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement…(and) he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so…” ―Classic Rock Magazine
“It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects.” ―The Guardian (UK)
“[T]his is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever.” ―Daily Telegraph (UK)
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Author Nick Wall traces the band's history chronologically, with the use of italic second person (author talking to the band member within the text) narrative text to flesh out historical and personal information. This device is interesting at first, but does become tiresome.
Unlike "Hammer of the Gods" and Richard Cole's book, author Nick Wall does not glamorize the (at times) gross excess of the band's offstage behavior. He also doesn't sweep it under the table. Instead, he places it in the proper context: hugely successful bands in the late 60s and early 70s, including the Beatles, Stones, and The Who, indulged in horrendous excess, but it doesn't erase the amazing music they made.
Wall has spent considerable time interviewing Jimmy Page, and he addresses Page's interest in Crowley and "the occult" in an objective way. Page studied and had an interest in these matters, but was not sacrificing children or virgins and was far less "evil" in his exploits than the drunken, depraved antics and brutality that John Bohnam and Richard Cole particpated in when homesick or bored. Wall now depicts Page as a straight, lucid, exceedingly talented, and gentle man who would like to have the grand body of work he masterminded in the 1970s stay alive.
Wall depicts Plant in a simlarly objective manner. Bonham and Plant were not the industry insider London muscians that Page and Jones were. However, their talents were undeniable, and one is impressed with how quickly all four of these musicians were making true magic together.Read more ›
Of course, the others had learned by then to cater to his wishes; after all, the last time a Zeppelin reunion had been seriously considered with Plant going along with it had been back about 16 years earlier. He even cites a remark made in 1993 by Peter Grant to Dave Lewis: "You've got to realize Robert always wanted to be the boss of the band anyway. He finally got his own way." This appears to be Wall's thesis, that the band was, in essence, hijacked over the course of time by Robert Plant, stolen from the reins of founder Jimmy Page. To illustrate this concept, Wall starts by going to the very beginning of the story: Page as a child learning from the earliest rock 'n' roll in existence and wanting to be a part of it, and eventually wanting to do certain things with a band of his own. Wall, leaving no part of the story unturned, lists it all.
"When Giants Walked the Earth," now available in paperback and hardcover editions in the United States, is quite perhaps the most detailed a book has been in attempting to uncover the mindsets of the men behind Led Zeppelin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This guy clearly has more affinity for Robert Plant and a bone to pick with Page. He seems to have spent time with Plant and only brief encounters with Page so I'd say he wanted... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Macanoodough
I have the audiobook format and Wall’s style-especially the, “flashbacks”-come to life. It’s a really fun listen and a great telling of the history of one of rock’s defining bands. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Castro
Wall is an old hand he gets this pretty much exactly right. There's no first act prelude, no history of so-and-so's grandparents or childhoods. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ian Keith Rogers
I started the book and eventually got the audio version on audible. I was only a little into the first chapter at that time. Go for the audio! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
When giants walked the earth has a way of drawing you into the story.Published 5 months ago by Ian Wise
From when I first heard Whole Lotta love when I was 12 using the 6" detachable stereo speakers from our families fold up record player placing them on the floor between my ears I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Arch57
There was little ground covered here that I haven't read elsewhere. My biggest gripe about the book is not that however. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HKDaddyO
Informative and entertaining. I did enjoy the tempo of the book. It is a great read for any Zeppelin fansPublished 8 months ago by david sikes