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Led Zeppelin Paperback – September 1, 2004
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The continuous narrative spread across 96 pages might at first glance appear to be the book's focus, but the highlight is actually what can literally be pulled off the pages. This isn't quite a pop-up book; it's better than that. In several instances, the turn of a page reveals a brilliantly reproduced piece of memorabilia waiting to be examined. The replicas are of concert tickets and programs, vinyl discs, newspaper clippings, press kits and more, straight from the collections of Hugh Jones and Alberto Lo Giudice. Having handled a few originals myself, I can vouch for the accuracy of the look of these quality reproductions.
These hidden treasures, more than anything else in the book, make leafing through it a pleasure. The experience is much like discovering the customizable cover art of the Physical Graffiti and Led Zeppelin III album packaging, the Aleister Crowley-inspired inscriptions on the Led Zeppelin III vinyl or the watercolor portion enclosed with In Through the Out Door. That's exactly the kind of reaction Cross says he wanted to inspire.Read more ›
But that's not all. There is an interview of Preston by Cynthia Fox--a LA radio and TV personality--that links the pages of photos and even better, pulls us directly into the middle of this iconic group, much as the young high-school aged photographer is introduced to the backstage world of pop music. He's a fan but trying to understand what he experiences not in terms of being an aspiring musician, but on a more human level. We learn of his first days with Led Zeppelin. How he had to gain their trust, not just in terms of what he could photograph, but as a member of close knit group of musicians building a legacy we still cherish today.
Led Zeppelin was, of course, the English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin) and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven sound they are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. However, the band's individualistic style drew from many sources. Their rock-infused interpretation of the blues and folk genres incorporated rockabilly, reggae, soul, funk, classical, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, pop, Latin and country. The group disbanded following Bonham's death in 1980, but surviving members have since performed in "comeback" concerts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why are the reviews of this book by Neal Preston exact duplicates of the reviews for 'Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller than Our Souls' by Charles R. Cross? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ichwill Einbeer Bitter
As others have noted, all the little doo-dads are basically just photocopies of photographs of mementos; only for the youngest of Led Zeppelin fans, which is not the case for the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Bennett
This book is perfect for a Led Zepplin fan! My low review is because of the condition of the book when delivered. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Todd R. Conn III
I was hoping it was going to be more than it is. Most of the photos I had already seen on the internet. Is there a fabulous photographic book out there about the group?Published on February 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer