When Giants Walked the Earth

A Biography of Led Zeppelin

Mick Wall

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Veteran rock journalist Mick Wall unflinchingly tells the story of the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock ‘n’ roll standards. Led Zeppelin was the last great band of the 1960s and the first great band of the 1970s—and When Giants Walked the Earth is the full, enthralling story of Zep from the inside, written by a former associate of both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Rich and revealing, it bores into not only the disaster, addiction and death that haunted the band but also into the real relationship between Page and Plant, including how it was influenced by Page’s interest in the occult. Comprehensive and yet intimately detailed, When Giants Walked the Earth literally gets into the principals’ heads to bring to life both an unforgettable band and an unrepeatable slice of rock history.

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PART ONE
Ascension!
‘To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof
I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof!
They shall not harm thee at all!’
—Aleister Crowley, The Book of the Law
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The Dawn of Now
You are Jimmy Page. It is the summer of 1968 and you are one of the best-known guitarists in London – and one of its least famous. Even the past two years in the Yardbirds haven’t brought you the recognition you know you deserve. People talk about the Yardbirds as though Jeff Beck is still the guitarist,

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"Led Zeppelin still thunders over the kingdom of rock, decades after the quartet split up. Veteran U.K. music scribe Wall takes on the mammoth task of humanizing the band through a detailed but colorful biography that benefits from his unusual amount of access to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Wall does well to shine light on the myths and the music magic of Led Zep—rendering what could have been cartoonish real and sincere."--Time Out Chicago


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Mick Wall

MICK WALL has written about music since 1977. He is one of England’s best known music journalists: his work has appeared in Mojo, the Mail on Sunday and a variety of other publications, and he has written ten rock ‘n’ roll biographies. He lives in England.

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When Giants Walked the Earth
A Biography of Led Zeppelin
Mick Wall

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
November 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312590000
ISBN10: 0312590008
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages, Includes three 8-page color photograph sections
$27.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312590390
ISBN10: 0312590393
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 512 pages, Includes three 8-page color photograph sections
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
November 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429985611
ISBN10: 1429985615
512 pages
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