Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin
Jon Bream
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Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time
Jon Bream
Voyageur Press
288 pages
September 2010
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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Here is yet another in a long line - a very long line - of books about Led Zeppelin. There is nothing new here that you haven't read before. As the title suggests, the strengths lie in the books photos of reproductions of posters and ticket stubs. The writing itself is mediocre, consisting of little more than reproductions of previously-published interviews and articles and some newer interviews with various musicians talking about the band. Once again, the author has not interviewed the subject about whom the book is being written. It's like being a travel writer and sitting at home watching the travel channel.

This author is more a groupie than journalist. In his Preface, he gushes and ogles the band as a reviewer for a local newspaper. He seems proud of the fact that Plant hurled invectives at him for some inane review he'd written. "More strikingly macho than sexy" is a line from that review. Was he talking about Zep or a fashion show?

There are tons of mistakes here as well. The most glaring one occurs on page 154 where the writer - ostensibly a professional - attributes a quote to Stephen Davis. This quote actually belongs to this reviewer from a 1977 cover story in Guitar Player magazine with Jimmy Page. Bream didn't bother to check on it, and the publisher screwed up as well.

Aside from some cool photos, you'll learn nothing new about the band in the text. Go back and read the original interviews that are excerpted here. Go to the source rather than this retread.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2010

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