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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

lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar

Well, Plant is back and the initial reviews seem to be very warm and pretty similar. Pitchfork The Guardian American Songwriter Paste  Rolling Stone Live4ever bluegrassbluescountry and westernfolkgospelLed ZeppelinmusicRobert PlantThe Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant @ Jazz Fest

As usual an excellent report by Keith Spera. He prefers to chart his own course down roads less traveled, specifically the back-country trails that lead to forgotten corners of Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and ramshackle bars in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. Thus, on Saturday, he and the Space Shifters exhumed a meditation by high-lonesome Kentucky…

Hammer of the Gods

Listening again to the O2 concert it has became clearer than ever that Led Zep’s sound is of Wagnerian proportions, dragging you through the Mississippi delta up to Norse and Celtic mythology and much in between and then back down to the delta. Here are two decent enough interviews — the first is with Jimmy…

Jimmy Page @ 70

What an incredible career, what an incredible life. Check out the clip below of the 14 y.o. Jimmy talking about becoming a biological researcher when he grows up. bluesjimmy pageLed Zeppelinmusic

The real “boss”: Gatemouth

Gatemouth died on this day in 2005. So many tributaries flowing seamlessly into this bona fide genius’s unique style which includes covering Led Zep’s “Rock and Roll” and the Stones’ “Ventilator Blues.” To give an idea of this man’s standing, Clapton was consistently upstaged by him: Clapton very graciously got Gatemouth as support on his 1995 tour…