book review::The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin

I have read many books on artists and musicians over the years and I almost always feel like it never gets interesting until you get to the point where something is actually starting to happen. I really don’t care too much about pre-fame years unless it is extremely relevant and find that a basic overview of place of birth, basic upbringing, and coming of age is more than sufficient. Moreover, as if a moth to a flame, most authors cannot avoid the spell of trying to psychoanalyze an artists “early years” so as to draw often grandiose conclusions from the most tenuous of details, for the ultimate purpose of implying some deeper understanding of said artist. It isn’t to say that there aren’t exceptions to what I’m saying, but for the most part I usually can’t wait to get through those early chapters, and if i’m lucky they are really short.

Having said all that, The Rough Guide Series has released their guide to Led Zeppelin, which reads more like an encylopedia than a book, and is broken up so you can skip around with relative ease. The Rough Guide Series are really great, because they include all the important information, going into depth in terms of highlights through the important Zeppelin years, detailing albums, bootlegs, and the post band era. Another thing I really appreciate are the featured inset articles on manager Peter Grant, Jimmy Page’s Bow, Jimmy’s work on the soundtrack to Lucifer Rising, and so many others. Overall, this book is perfect for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, as it holds something for everyone, and it is all condensed into one book. For giants of music like Led Zeppelin, who have been tirelessly written on to the point of exhaustion, this series takes that all into account and gives the fan everything he or she needs.

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