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  1. When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
    When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
    When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
    When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
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  2. When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

There was little ground covered here that I haven't read elsewhere. My biggest gripe about the book is not that however. No, the most heinous parts of this book for me were the long passages in italics throughout the book where the author is "talking" to individual members of the band ("When you were 10 years old your uncle took you to see so-and-so play at the civic centre"). I found that jarring, utterly unnecessary and profoundly irritating.

In the end, for me, the only Zeppelin book I've read in the last few years that broke new ground in terms of shedding light on Zeppelin (though usually the dirt and not necessarily the musical side) was Richard Cole's "Stairway to Heaven". Perhaps not surprisingly then, Cole's book is referenced liberally in this book.

Lastly, I have to question the author's observations and "facts" simply because he gets something wrong in this book that he didn't have to. Referencing the O2 reunion show, he writes that at the end of the... Read more
The good: One of the only well researched complete biographies on the band. The author had band access and in particular spoke a lot with Jimmy Page. The crazy stories are there as well as good details of recording and touring. Overall it is a very entertaining book in some ways. Unfortunately for me it has one deep very odd flaw.

The bad: The author appears to take the occult very seriously. Not just a handful of pages but rather over fifty are dedicated to Page and the occult. Long sections are presented on Aleister Crowley well beyond what is necessary or desired. The author also gave far too much time to occultic fringe associates of Page, who in retrospect may have influenced Page's private life, but had nothing to do with the band. Not a single hint of scepticism is applied to the occult sections. Other books including Case's bio of Page demonstrates that since the 1970's Page has pretty much disowned occult practices and likely views his past belief in the occult... Read more
This book is so atrocious on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. There was obviously no editor whatsoever, substantively or stylistically. Wall is prone to endless run-on, syntactically awkward, paragraph-long sentences set off by dashes, containing a jumble of ideas and subjects. A sentence will start off being about one thing and end up being about something completely different, as if he has literary ADD. Dangling modifiers abound. It’s brutal to try to read. It actually took me four months to finish this book, no exaggeration. I could only stand a few pages at a time before I had to put it down out of sheer exhaustion—call it dazed and confused. As far as those silly passages where he “gets in the heads” of the subjects, I just skipped over them entirely.

The substance is little better. I never thought I’d defend Hammer of the Gods, but that book runs circles around this drivel. Stephen Davis may be a hack, but he knows... Read more
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