Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time

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They were the heaviest band ever, creating the blueprint for an entire musical genre and becoming a touchstone for an entire generation and their children. Now, to celebrate their fortieth anniversary and December 2007 reunion, here’s the first-ever complete illustrated history of Led Zeppelin.

This all-star tribute to one of the biggest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time features many of today’s top American and English rock journalists from Rolling Stone, Creem, Billboard and more, as well as reflections on the band’s inspiration from some of rock’s top performers, including Aerosmith, Heart, the Minutemen, the Hold Steady, and others. An appendix features the complete discography.

Glorious concert and behind-the-scenes photography from some of the top names in rock photography covers the band from their first 1968 show as Led Zeppelin through the 2007 reunion. Also included are more than 200 rare concert posters, backstage passes, tickets, LPs and singles, T-shirts, buttons, and more from the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Japan, all comprising a book as epic as the band it honors.

Created from the ashes of the Yardbirds by guitarist and session wizard Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin featured virtuoso bass player John Paul Jones, gonzo drummer John Bonham, and Robert Plant, a vocalist like no other before him. The band singlehandedly defined what rock ’n’ roll could be, leaving in their wake a trail of tales as tall or as a real as we wanted them to be.

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Jon Bream is the longtime music critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the author of the 1984 best-selling trade-paperback “Prince: Inside the Purple Reign.” He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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*Starred Review* Eggleston has been called the father of color photography, by which is meant that he was the first to master color for the kind of insouciant, instantaneous aesthetic that burgeoned in the wake of action painting, the Beats, and Robert Frank’s groundbreaking road photography. The essential Eggleston photo seems to register a stopped instant in the flow of a visual continuum, like a frame from a strip of movie film. What is shown is nothing special, which is why he calls his work democratic, his process one of regarding no one thing in a visual field as more important than any others; he also takes pictures from any and every angle, playing no favorites. Composition is unpremeditated, though southerner Eggleston has quipped that his model is the Confederate flag, and indeed, image after image has a center: the edge of the heel of a canvas shoe in a flash-lit shot under a bed, the clasped hands of two trick-or-treaters on a colorfully crepuscular suburban road, a no-parking sign on a lamppost on a sunny urban street. Besides more than 134 plates, this invaluable retrospective contains stills from Eggleston’s cinema verité videotape Stranded in Canton (1974) and six cogent, jargon-free essays, the best by Eggleston’s longtime writer friend, Stanley Booth. --Ray Olson

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