Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin
Edited by Jon Bream
Voyageur Press, 2008
Music journalist Jon Bream assembled this beautiful tribute to Led Zeppelin and asked me to write an essay about Led Zeppelin III, which is an album with special meaning for me. So I did and it’s included in this fabulous book.
Bream’s all-star tribute features many of today’s top rock journalists from Rolling Stone, Creem, Billboard, and more, as well as reflections on the band from some of rock’s greatest performers, including members of the Kinks, Aerosmith, Heart, Mott the Hoople, the Minutemen, the Hold Steady, and many more.
Glorious concert and behind-the-scenes photography cover the band from the first shows in 1968 as the New Yardbirds through today. More than 450 rare concert posters, backstage passes, tickets, LPs and singles, t-shirts, buttons, and more illustrate the book. A discography and tour itinerary complete the package, making a book as epic as the band it documents.
Created from the ashes of the Yardbirds by guitarist and session wizard Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin featured virtuoso bass player John Paul Jones, gonzo drummer John Bonham, and Robert Plant, a vocalist like no other before him. The band single-handedly defined what rock ‘n’ roll could be, leaving in their wake tales as tall or as real as we wanted them to be.
All of that, plus exclusive commentary from Ray Davies of the Kinks, Steve Earle, Kid Rock, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Lenny Kravitz, Dolly Parton, and many more.