Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Led Zeppelin book "LZ-'75" out next week

Stephen Davis knows a thing or ten about Led Zeppelin: he was there.

The author of the legendary “Hammer Of The Gods” has a new Zeppelin book on the horizon - “LZ-’75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour” – which hits stores on October 28.

“LZ-'75” is being billed as a “revealing account” of Zeppelin’s 1975 North American tour. As a young music journalist, Davis had insider access to the (then) biggest and most secretive rock band in the world.

In addition to backstage access, Stephen was granted interviews with band members, and even had a prized seat on the band's luxurious tour jet, The Starship.

Davis chronicled the Zeppelin tour in three notebooks, but after writing his article in 1975, he misplaced them. After three decades of searching - in 2005 - he finally found the notebooks, on the covers of which he had scribbled the words "LZ-'75," and unearthed an amazing amount of new information from the tour including:

• Lost interviews with vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page

• Information on the rock icon who moonlighted as a heroin dealer

• Revelations about the identity of the lover about whom Robert Plant sings in "What Is and What Should Never Be" and "Black Country Woman"

• A detailed chronicle of each performance from a musical perspective, and a vivid account of the band members' extravagant, and often troubled, lives on tour

“LZ-‘75” will include more than forty never-before-published photographs, giving fans an unprecedented and comprehensive personal portrait of the greatest (and most notoriously press-shy) rock band in history at its apex.

Stephen Davis – LZ-’75 book promo (2010)

Led Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin – Going To California
Earls Court - London, UK – May 24, 1975

Led Zeppelin – In My Time Of Dying (incomplete)
The Spectrum – Philadelphia, PA – February 8, 1975

Led Zeppelin – Trampled Under Foot
Earls Court - London, UK – May 24, 1975