When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

The first significant fresh reporting on the legendary band in twenty years, built on interviews with all surviving band members and revealing a never-before-seen side of the genius and debauchery that defined their heyday.

Veteran rock journalist Mick Wall unflinchingly tells the story of the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock ‘n' roll standards. Led Zeppelin was the last great band of the 1960s and the first great band of the 1970s—and When Giants Walked the Earth is the full, enthralling story of Zep from the inside, written by a former confidante of both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Rich and revealing, it bores into not only the disaster, addiction and death that haunted the band but also into the real relationship between Page and Plant, including how it was influenced by Page's interest in the occult. Comprehensive and yet intimately detailed, When Giants Walked the Earth literally gets into the principals' heads to bring to life both an unforgettable band and an unrepeatable slice of rock history.


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User Review  - aeceyton - www.librarything.com

The author shows a deep fascination with the bands and its members and an innate understanding of the mythology around them. The book is interspersed with "POV" narratives of the members, all from before the band was even thought of. Clever idea and worked well at first. Read full review

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User Review  - exfed - LibraryThing

I always enjoyed the music of Led Zeppelin, and now I know the story of the band members and their manager. Fairly typical story of a band's rise to prominence, and everything that comes with it ... Read full review


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MICK WALL has written about music since 1977. He is one of England's best known music journalists: his work has appeared in Mojo, the Mail on Sunday and a variety of other publications, and he has written ten rock ‘n' roll biographies. He has also served as a trusted on-camera source for a number of BBC-TV music documentaries. He lives in England.

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