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
October 2008
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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This is Led Zeppelin by committee, a group's-eye view of one of the most influential bands of all time. The author, like many of the journalists who tend to write about this English quartet, has never interviewed the band, but he has collected some great essays and think pieces by top drawer writers.

The photos here are excellent and include some beautiful concert photos, as well as shots of band memorabilia like ticket stubs, posters, buttons, and the like. The discography is a throwaway and reveals nothing new.

There are additional interviews with various musicians offering up their praise to Jimmy, John Paul, John, and Robert. These include the girls from Heart (Anne/Nancy Wilson), Peter Frampton, and several others. The author also cites an influential Jimmy Page cover story that appeared in Guitar Player magazine in 1977. He does not mention the contributor's name (Steve Rosen), nor does he extend any thanks in the acknowledgements section (though everyone from the go-fers to the typesetters are named).

If Bream is going to write a book on an artist he has never personally interviewed and he is going to use the quotes and observations of professional outsiders, the very least he can do is give a nod and a thanks to these people. To not mention the name of every writer whose work he has used (and not paid) is unprofessional, cheap, and a slap in the face to every unnamed source.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2008

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