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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...
Hammer of the Gods is missing all that. I realize Davis was writing about four people and so could not cover them all as profoundly as he did Morrison, but despite the actual writing, which is quite good for this genre, I think in 1985 he was lacking both the historical perspective and the maturity to be able to give Zeppelin its full due.
Despite the selling one's soul to the devil bit, which is merely a catchy framing device, he starts out well, chronicling Jimmy Page's early musical growth and subsequent session work, understanding that it was a laboratory for his development and his output with the Yardbirds. This portion was fascinating and gave real insight into Page's vision --as well as documenting the intelligent business decisions and transactions he and his manager made, which transformed Rock and the way performers were remunerated.
However, the other three members of the band and their early development are merely glossed over. Jones is given credit as a solid supporting player; Bonham and Plant are depicted as yokels who had the extreme good fortune to be picked up by Page.Read more ›
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This is the book you want to read about Led Zep, all the partying.
But Jimmy Page; sorry. He was pedophile. 15 and 16 year old girls. That is not okay. Read more
This book is THE book to read if you are a diehard fan...or even if you are just curious about this legendary group's "adventures. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheryl Jackson
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 6 months ago by Karl Thorsson