Led Zeppelin were the best. Created from the top musicians of the Sixties-Jimmy Page is believed to have played on over half of all British-released records between 1963 and 1965-they became one of the most successful bands of all time. Formed in 1968 from the ashes of The Yardbirds, the band's name came from a chance remark made by Keith Moon, who said they would 'go down like a lead balloon'. Their debut album, 'Led Zeppelin', became an instant classic, as have most of their releases. After the success of '68, Led Zeppelin repeatedly topped the charts, both in Britain and the US, for over a decade and their staggeringly famous 'Stairway to Heaven' has become an anthem for guitarists and Rock-lovers the world over. Their 'amazing chemistry' (Jimmy Page) and the raw energy of the band's electrifying performances ensured hero-worship throughout the globe.
Led Zeppelin played together until 1980, when they disbanded following the tragic death of John Bonham, at the age of 33. They spawned a generation of imitators and an enduring legacy of Rock that can never be bettered.
Packed to the hilt with facts and essential quotations from the idols and those who knew them, loved them, worked with them, envied them and hated them, the Modern Icons series is a major celebration of the heroes of rock-n-roll-the good, the great and the idolized.