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Book Title: Lz-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour|
The author of the book: Stephen Davis
ISBN 13: 9780007377954
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Edition: Fourth Estate (GB)
Date of issue: July 1st 2011
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Growing up a huge fan of Led Zeppelin in the pre-Internet age, there were few sources of detailed information on the band who had a notoriously poor opinion of the press to start with, which certainly added much sheen to their mystique. I read and re-read my copy of Stephen Davis' biography of the band Hammer of the Gods almost to tatters during high school.
When I tripped across this book on a bookstore shelf, I immediately scooped it up. Davis, friends with the group's publicist, had accompanied the band from the start of their ill-fated 1975 tour to finish, but after writing an article as an assignment for the Atlantic Monthly which had never been published, he misplaced the notebooks detailing the experience for decades: essentially, these are lost chapters of Hammer ... or so it seems, going in.
Anyone expecting to see more outrageous salacious tales of the debauchery of the earlier years of Zeppelin on the road that were in covered infamously in Hammer will be disappointed: this is a more mature band that have become accustomed to their superstar status and less wild-eyed youth given the keys to pillage America. The '75 tour was plagued from problems from the start: the album they were supporting, Physical Graffiti, was delayed, meaning they were playing unfamiliar songs to audiences not sure what to make of them and, as audiences are wont to do, would much rather hear the well-worn hits than new efforts. Before they took to the stage for the first time Jimmy Page had badly injured his hand and Robert Plant was battling a persistent case of the flu. Despite the staggering amount of money involved, none of the band members really wanted to be on tour in the first place, but as tax exiles dodging an insanely high British tax rate on parts of their income (as high as 95% in some cases), they couldn't stay home, and if you can't be with your family and enjoying the spoils of your success, might as well put some more coins in the coffers, right?
This book shows the more human side of rock gods, the downside of the fortune and fame: the show must go on, despite if you're playing guitar with badly mangled fingers or trying to sing with the flu, because no one wants to have to refund all those sold-out seats. It's not all bad -- eventually the band does get it together (despite, sometimes, their best efforts to not do just that) and get into their groove, but the book provides a fascinating look at the day-to-day grind where being performers is a job, albeit a very high-profile and lucrative one, from a bygone era when fans still mobbed box offices in person for tickets rather than pick them up online. The members of Zeppelin come across as more definitely human than in any other account of the band I've read: sometimes petty and spoiled, sometimes charming, still struggling and concerned with having their art recognized by critics and silencing detractors despite the fact that they sold out entire arenas on every stop along the way.
LZ-'75 serves as less 'lost chapters' from Hammer of the Gods and instead presents that band in a different light, neither as the wildman rock Vikings screaming the battle cry from the Immigrant Song, rolling into town with a circus of drugs, booze, and groupies in tow, or as brilliant geniuses of their craft, but as four musicians who had unparalled success early on and came to understood that sometimes the simple joy of making music had very little to do with being a rock star. In light of the long-standing reunion rumors recently being put finally to rest, LZ-'75 has a certain powerful resonance: perhaps not wanting to return to this sort of pressure cooker madness made even the mountain of riches the surviving members had certainly been offered to give it one more go worth it.
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Read information about the authorStephen Davis is is a rock journalist and biographer, having written numerous bestsellers on rock bands, including the smash hit Hammer of the Gods. He lives in Boston.
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