When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
Issue One is the italicized second-person detours that are meant to take you "into the head ...more
Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were great session players during the British Invasion years. We're talking Herman's Hermits, Lulu, and lots of Mickie Most productions. And right away I have to tell you I love that ty ...more
You are Mick Wall, and boy, do you have a story to tell! Nothing less than the fable of Led Zeppelin, arguably the greatest rock band ever and, unarguably, the biggest band in the world throughout the 1970s. It’s not a tale as popularly told as that of the Beatles or the Stones, outside of the gossipy tabloid focus of Stephen Davis’ Hammer of the Gods. What sets you apart from that dreck is that you can bring to the table an in-depth knowledge of the band’s music. You are Mick Wall and you have...more
You are Peter Grant. It is the summer of 1968, you are thirty-three and sick and tired of earning mone...more
I hated this book the second I started reading it but I admit I was also hooked. I had to find out the whole story. Unfortunately for all the details about forming the band and who they ripped off and what sex acts were done to whom, there are scant details about the ...more
I was born in '77 and didn't pay ...more
I’m not a big Led Zeppelin fan. In fact, I knew relatively little about the band that I didn’t learn from listening to classic rock stations while making pizzas at the Bogey Inn back in the day. That fact, along with an abnormal lust for books with more than 450 pages, is what led me to pick-up Mick Wall’s When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin in the first place. Also, the cover art is really sweet.
What I really wanted was a definitive chronicle of ...more
Wall also comes across as someone who knows at least a little bit about the occult. After countless references to Aleister C ...more
There were two bigger problems for me. First, although the book is generally well written, there's a slight tendency to overdo the literary flourishes and not quite do them well enough; as if the author was try ...more
I've read every book on Zep that I could get my hands on - From the original "Hammer of the Gods" to Richard Cole's "Stairway to Heaven" to "LZ '75." This book was better than them all.
Intricately researched, sometimes a little ...more
What I came away with was that John Paul Jones was a really good guy. Robert Plant was more talented than people give him credit for. Page is less. John Bonham was aman whose demons eventually got the better of him.
I'd recommend the book more highly but ever ...more
You REALLY have to be a Zeppelin fan to appreciate and enjoy this book. I am. (“I know it's only rock 'n roll but I like it.” – Mick Jagger, circa 1974)
For me, the book contains a lot of interesting stuff. I kind-of knew that Jimmy Page was a prominent sessions musician. But I didn’t know he played on “Baby Please Don’t Go” by Them – and the theme from the music “Goldfinger”…OMG! I knew that Led Zeppelin started out as the Yardbirds. But I did ...more
One, as said before by some reviewers, is the weird second person story thing that Wall adds every now and again. Quite what the point of this is I'm not sure. We don't need that to ''get inside'' what each person was like: the book alone is giving us information which we can use to build up our own idea. I'm reading a biography, not fiction, so don't give me made up ''thoughts''.
Secondly, the Page worshippi ...more
Credit to Mick Wall that he tries out a couple of slightly riskier gambits. One is the decidedly ...more
However there is no Chronological orde ...more
Overall as an amateur musician and artist I found reading about the creative process of so many legenda ...more
Definitive and comprehensive, this will take you fr ...more