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Led Zeppelin

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Hindenburg Newsreel

The iconic photograph of the Hindenburg bursting into flames weighed heavily in The Who’s Keith Moon having suggested to his friend, Jimmy Page, that Led Zeppelin might make a good name for his new band. Page agreed, and immediately asked Moon if he’d mind? Of course he took no offense, but was rather honored that his friend liked the idea. In the Spring of 1937,  After a well publicized, and seemingly successful, transatlantic voyage, the first Nazi airship to visit the United States came to its tragic end May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey. THE HINDENBURG, while attempting to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Station, for a still unspecified reason, burst into flames, killing more than 50, and ended the practice of flying passengers in huge balloons (dirigibles) filled with Hydrogen, obviously (photographically), a dangerous flammable gas.

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— Led Zeppelin I (1969)

— Led Zeppelin II (1971)

There was never a doubt, after naming the band, that the first Led Zeppelin album cover (1969) would feature the tragic image.

 

— Danish TV (1969)

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Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant) backstage at a show on their first tour, at home in the United Kingdom.

 

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(March 17, 1969)

Led Zeppelin at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark was to be the band’s first appearance on Danish television, in support of its recent debut album, Led Zeppelin I. Using the Hindenburg Explosion on the album’s cover, Led Zeppelin so enraged a descendant of the von Zeppelin family, and they threatened to sue the offensively title band, if it dared to play any shows outside the United Kingdom.

The album cover enraged Frau Zeppelin all over again and she decided to continue her crusade against the band. In the days before their 1970 Copenhagen show, the band realized that the she was so determined to stop them from playing in Denmark that she had hired several high-profile lawyers who were probably capable of winning a threatened lawsuit against Led Zeppelin.

Although they were planning on canceling the show in order to avoid run-ins with the law, the band ultimately decided to laugh it off, and take it for the joke it was. For the day, February 28, 1970, Led Zeppelin called itself “The Nobs,” a good natured play on the band’s European promoter, Claude Nobs’ name, and then went about the business of preparing for the show.

— Danish TV (1969)

The decision to change their name worked, Eva von Zeppelin’s name wasn’t “Nobs,” and her lawyers told her Led Zeppelin was within its rights to call itself Nobs, and go on to play what remains one of Zeppelin’s earliest, and most entertaining shows.

The television-tight, and intimate performance, combined with the amusement of whiny royalty, attracted the attention of an always hungry, international, music media. Newspapers and magazines made Led Zeppelin the rock n roll hero, and Frau Zeppelin the world-wide joke.

 

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A vocal/guitar match made in “Rock N Roll Heaven.” 

b/ The Righteous Brothers

Robert Plant / Jimmy Page 

partnerships

Rolling Stones — [Mick Jagger/Keith Richards]

Aerosmith — [Steven Tyler/Joe Perry]

Black Sabbath — [Ozzy Osbourne/Tony Iommi]

Deep Purple — [Ian Gillan/Ritchie Blackmore]

Living Colour — [Corey Glover/Vernon Reid]

 

Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica, percussion

Jimmy Page – guitars

John Paul Jones – bass, keyboards

John Bonham – drums

 

 

— RockArchive.Com

From the time the Wright Brothers first took flight from the tall sand dunes on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the Germans, inspired by a need for power and world domination ruled the skies, as a platform from which to deliver their weapons of terror.

Led Zeppelin (1969)

Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Led Zeppelin III (1970)

Led Zeppelin IV  (1971)

Houses of the Holy (1973)

Physical Graffiti (1975)

Presence (1976)

In Through the Out Door (1979)

Coda (1982)

 

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A Beginners Guide

To Led Zeppelin

The Guardian (English Newspaper) asked its readers to pick 10 essential Led Zeppelin songs, essential for anyone’s first taste of the band. Here are the answers:
10 key tracks we hope will act as a rounded introduction to Led Zeppelin’s music.
We’ve put them into a YouTube playlist

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1) Kashmir

Arguably one of the most recognizable rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time, thanks to its use in numerous TV shows and movies. Although named after a region in the Himalayas, Jimmy Page has cited southern Morocco as the lyrical influence for the song.

The first would have to be Kashmir. Just so recognizable and beautiful in simplicity. Everyone knows it without knowing they know it.

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2)  Stairway to Heaven

As the cliche has it, this is the Led Zeppelin song that every budding guitarist spends hours perfecting. It begins with gentle guitar riff, builds to subtle crescendo, and then into an iconic blaring Page solo, complemented by John Bonham’s masterful drumming and Robert Plant’s soaring vocals.

The obvious answer is the correct one. Stairway to Heaven has everything that sums them up as a band. Unbeatable.

Callum Taylor

 

3)  When the Levee Breaks

Released in 1971, this was originally written in response to the 1927 Mississippi Flood by Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, a husband and wife duo from Kansas.

That arresting drum intro, soaring harmonica & vocals and sliding guitar. Timeless. Sublime.

Helen Bradley

 

4)  Immigrant Song

Written while the band was touring Iceland, Immigrant Song tells the story of Viking warfare. At two minutes and 25 seconds, it’s an immensely short song (at least by Led Zeppelin standards).

All of the power and rawness of early Zeppelin, plus an insane Page riff and Plant vocals.

Chris Holmes

 

5)  Whole Lotta Love

In 1970, this became a big hit for the band in the US. The echoed layering of guitars and vocals creates a visceral spinning sensation for the ears.

Whole Lotta Love, obviously. It’s got everything, the legendary riff, the guitar solo and the psychedelia.

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6)  Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You

Recorded as a live track, it includes one of Page’s most famous guitar solos. Slow, bluesy and melodic.

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7)  Dazed and Confused

Released in 1969, this is another slow burner. It gave Richard Linklater the title to  one of his best-loved films.

Brilliant epic blues intensity. Mood, riff, tempo change, breakdown, virtuoso drumming, a blend of influences. This is a defining Led Zeppelin song.

Graham Jones

 

8)  Good Times Bad Times

Released in 1969 on the self-titled debut album, it’s another short track from the band’s catalogue. The two 16-note triplets used by Bonham became an inspiration for a generation of rock’n’roll drummers.

Let it be known that Led Zeppelin could be a dangerous rock band, but not afraid to indulge in artfulness when required.

Duncan Geddes

 

9)  Rock and Roll

First released in 1971, this track is built around the 12-bar blues and was originally introduced on stage by Robert Plant as It’s Been a Long Time.

(The) best introduction to rock ‘n’ roll and Led Zeppelin at the same time.

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10)  Ramble On

Melodic bass line and gentle vocals begin this track, which was influenced by JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The instrument used for the soft, mysterious background drums was long debated. Eventually, it was confirmed that Bonham improvised, using the case of a guitar.

Ramble On has always been a favorite. Nicely captures their quiet and loud tendencies.

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more information

Stairway to heaven and hell: the rise and fall of Led Zeppelin
Barney Hoskyns, author of a new oral history of the band, on how they became the biggest cult rock music has ever seen.

Led Zeppelin perform Black Dog live at the O2 – video
In this clip from Led Zeppelin’s forthcoming concert movie Celebration Day, they perform their classic Black Dog at London’s O2 Arena.

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven ‘owes its success to cigarettes’
Band biographer Charles R Cross claims that radio DJs only played the now classic song because it was the “perfect length” for a cigarette break.

Led Zeppelin will never reunite, says Jimmy Page’s manager
Page’s manager destroyed hopes of the rock legends ever re-forming, either with or without Plant.

John Paul Jones: Led Zeppelin’s best-kept secret
John Paul Jones’s career since Led Zeppelin has featured some impressive collaborations, none more so than his work with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures, writes Roy Wilkinson.

Michael Hann speaks to Led Zeppelin in an exclusive interview for Friday’s G2 Film & Music