Ronnie's Reviews > Hammer of the Gods: Led Zeppelin Unauthorised. Stephen Davis

Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
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Sep 12, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction, music
Read in September, 2011

I've always liked Led Zeppelin but for some reason, it's taken me to the age of 35 before I felt like reading this book. I really wish I had picked it up sooner.

I think my reticence was due to something Richard Linklater said about Robert Plant after the release of the movie, "Dazed and Confused" (one of my favourite films). Linklater wanted to use "Rock 'n' Roll" in the soundtrack and, despite being given the go ahead by Page and Jones, Plant said "no". When I first read that, it put me off Robert Plant, but I'm now hoping there was more to it than that, as Plant seems like a genuinely nice guy.

Anyway, the book is fantastic. Tales of excess and debauchery, of course - although it seems to me that Manager / Tour Manager Grant and Cole were as responsible for that as any of the band, but also insights into the personalities that made up one of the finest Rock bands the World has ever seen.
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