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LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour Hardcover – October 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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"'Hammer of the Gods" was a superb book. Was expecting quite a bit more from Mr. Davis. Disappointing to say the least.Published 15 months ago by T. Noonan
Highly recommend to fans. Took me back to high school. Bought this book for my husband and he enjoyed it. We saw them many times in concert. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by MOMMY B
Well written and quite an entertaining read for any red blooded zep fan...ahh the memories..a nice companion piece to hammer of the gods..Published on March 25, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I found the personal account of situations the band encountered on the road very ingesting and well told. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Eric
Always a fan of Stephen Davis when it comes to Zepp. He was there I wasn't. Could have read even more.Published on September 18, 2013 by jeffrey
I am a huge Led Zeppelin fan so this book was going to be interesting to me no matter what...However this seems to be a very watered down version of "Hammer Of The Gods"... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Robert L. Toth
It's a great piece of work, and the delivery time was absolutely precise, I didn't have to worry at all. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Francisco
LZ-75 is a Great read even if you have already read 'HOTG'
It reads more like a journal/diary. Read more