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Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography

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An internationally renowned rock journalist and personal friend of the band members provides a warm, intimate, accurate account of Led Zeppelin's heyday. Available for the first time in the US, this book is the only authorized biography of what many consider to be the greatest band of all time. Photos.
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Published (first published January 1st 1976)
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Deia Skitalica
Aug 30, 2016 Deia Skitalica rated it liked it
It's more 2.5 stars than 3, but because the subject is so riveting, I've rounded up.
As someone wise answered the question: "what's the best Led Zep bio?" with: "it hasn't been written yet!", I'll just have to take whatever is out there to satisfy some momentary urges.

Yorke's writing isn't bad, his proofreader/editor, however, has hopefully been fired.
But I have a bit of a problem with enthusiasts and admirers writing (definitive) biographies. Firstly, they are far from being definitive. And, t
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Victoria Cowden-moyneur
This novel is the actual biography of Led Zeppelin, done with their consent, and is much tamer than the other two novels about them (Stairway to Heaven - Richard Cole) and (Hammer of the Gods - Stephen Davis). The crazy lives they lived on the road are only referenced slightly, yet I felt they could have been expanded on to give the 'real' story. Yorke was definitely an insider to the band and gives tremendous details on the dates and outcome of their concerts, recording sessions, and the albums ...more
Steve
Jun 18, 2009 Steve rated it did not like it
Pretty lame. Ritchie Yorke's writing is HORRIBLE. He's an aged, fawning fanboy with absolutley no objectivity. It is like a handbook for tired cliches and tortured, redundant "metaphors". I can't say enough bad stuff about this piece of crap.

Regardless, Led Zeppelin is still a pretty AWESOME band.
Rosebud
Jan 22, 2016 Rosebud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading but have read that there are some of factual errors in this book which put me off enjoying it completely.
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