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When Giants Walked the Earth

A Biography of Led Zeppelin

Mick Wall

St. Martin's Press

The first significant fresh reporting on the legendary band in twenty years, built on interviews with all surviving band members and revealing a never-before-seen side of the genius and debauchery that defined their heyday.

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 confidante 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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Chapter 1 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, not you, despite everything you’ve done for them; giving up the easy-money session gigs that bought you your house by the river; gifting them one last ride on the merry-go-round with ahead-of-the-game hits like ‘Happening Ten Years Time Ago’, even as
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Praise for When Giants Walked the Earth

"Sensational."--New York Times
 
"Entertaining, thoughtful."--Los Angeles Times
 
"His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work...an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world."--Publishers Weekly
 
"Wall does well to shine light on the myths and music magic of Led Zep--rendering what could have been cartoonish real and sincere."--TimeOut Chicago
 
“[T]hat Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement…(and) he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so…”
--Classic Rock Magazine
 
“It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects.”
--The Guardian (UK)
 
"[T]his is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever."--Daily Telegraph (UK)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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 has also served as a trusted on-camera source for a number of BBC-TV music documentaries. He lives in England.

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When Giants Walked the Earth

A Biography of Led Zeppelin

Mick Wall

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