ROBERT PLANT: THE VOICE THAT SAILED THE ZEPPELIN

ROBERT PLANT                                           DAVE THOMPSON

Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin(Book). Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin follows the iconic singer through his heights of fame with classic rock giant Led Zeppelin, his second life as a multi million-selling solo artist, and his more idiosyncratic pursuits. A wealth of former associates lend their voices and recollections to an account that steps far beyond the tried and tested tales of Zeppelin's life and times. This all-new biography details Plant's early years as an unknown in Birmingham, England, with fresh depth and insight. It likewise tells the Zeppelin story from new and unexpected angles, focusing on Plant's contributions to the band's success and on the toll/effect of that success on him as a performer and an individual. After drummer John Bonham died in 1980 and Zeppelin broke up, Plant went solo two years later, in time becoming the only former band member to maintain an unbroken career to this day. His single-mindedness in meeting this challenge might well be his greatest personal attribute, enabling him to push forward without regard for his past or any related expectations. Dave Thompson shows how it is Plant's determination alone that ensured Zeppelin reunions would not become a routine part of the classic rock furniture, as he created a body of work that in so many ways artistically rivals what he recorded with the band.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
Growing up listening to Led Zeppelin I saw this as an opportunity to see some of the back story about the band. There was some information about that, but not so much as the detail of making each album. There was some mentioning of some of the concerts and of course their life style. What I did not know was how long John Bonham and Robert Plant knew each other and his death along with losing a child just shortly after his passing. Took away the music inside of him. Also not hearing anything from Jimmy Page also led to the disbanding of the group. He just didn’t want to be around music. This was a very insightful part of the book for it took a few years for him to get back into music and the book goes into his solo projects successes and failures. The one constant he had was the Zeppelin music. He or they owned their music which really was saying something for the record industry. So the new remastered Cd's that were released earlier this past year was done by him and an engineer and I must say are very good. Overall I liked the book but I still like and listen to their music.I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 4 stars.

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