November 17, 2008
For those that just can’t get enough Led Zeppelin, another new book is out and is dishing up more dirt on the group’s activities during their relatively short history, which ended with the untimely passing of drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham in 1980.
The new book, When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the group’s formation. Author Mick Wall, reportedly a confidant of both Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, chronicles the group’s rise to become what many consider to be the world’s greatest rock and roll band.
Apparently, Wall does not hold back much in his reporting of the band’s legendary excesses, and delves into the details of such matters as Jimmy Page’s fascination with the occult, and other details that involve drug and alcohol use, sexual escapades and other varieties of bad behavior that may have remained otherwise unknown to the public.
Although there’s much to say about the group’s unflattering activities during those years, Wall balances things out a bit with stories that expose some of their more admirable qualities as well. The support and sympathy provided to Robert Plant after the death of his young son, by none other than drummer John Bonham – perhaps the group’s most infamous mischief-maker – shows that the “Gods” were no less human than the rest of us.
The book is not solely focused on the dirt and personal tragedies that marred the group’s history however. There is also plenty of content that is focused on the music that propelled the young musicians to stardom that is equaled by few other groups in the history of rock.
Mick Wall is the author of numerous other books that featured other well-known groups such as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and is also founding editor of Classic Rock magazine.
As always, When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin is available at Amazon.com.