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Budgie is, as several have noted, one of the most underrated and the most distinctive of the early “metal” bands of the ’70s, but far quirkier than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. An example of their quirkiness being their rendition of Big Joe Williams’ classic “Baby, Please Don’t Go”. If you’ve never heard Budgie you’d think that, at…

Robert Plant: A Life

This is really the first biography of Plant. On balance it’s decent enough but still a pedestrian effort that doesn’t really add much more to what we already know. To Paul Rees’ credit he keeps the speculative temptation that Zep always courted to a minimum. I think that a bio by the very excellent rock…

Jimmy Page

Born on this day. Here’s Jimbo’s hour-long interview with Jeff Koons. In the Q&A, JP discusses his official photographic autobiography, the recent re-mastered releases of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy and also reveals plans for what promises to be a very exciting 2015… A better, less gushing interview: Jeff Koonsjimmy pageLed Zeppelinmusic