When Giants Walked the Earth
Mick Wall
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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
Mick Wall
St. Martin's Griffin
554 pages
November 2010
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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There have been dozens of books written about the classic band Led Zeppelin, but few present such an honest profile as Mick Wall's book. The author is a veteran music journalist who has interviewed all the principals and well understands the facts - and fiction - that have long surrounded the band. Combining personal conversations with a series of make-believe flashbacks (where the writer climbs inside the head of various band members, managers, and others to recreate what the individuals may have been thinking way back pre-Zep), When Giants Walked the Earth is one of the best and insightful books ever written about the band.

Here, for the first time, Jimmy Page's interest in the occult is investigated - as are other once taboo subjects, including

  • the group's drug- and groupie-filled exploits on the road
  • John Bonham's excesses
  • the tragedy of manager Peter Grant
  • the curse of Led Zeppelin
Mick Wall has been writing about music for over 30 years. A veteran of the rock wars, he is not afraid to call a truth a truth.  His unbiased look at one of the world's greatest bands makes this a must-read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2009

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