Led Zeppelin's music has thrilled generations of rock fans. Arising from the blues-rock movement of the late 1960s, it quickly expanded into something enormous, more potent and more dazzling than anything that had been heard before. They were a simply monumental musical experience, a meeting of brute force and intelligence with a riot of differing influences, from folk to funk, filling out the textures of a formidable repertoire. But what were 'The Houses of the Holy'? Where was the Stairway to Heaven'? Which strange encounters led to such classics as 'Kashmir' and 'Tramples Underfoot'? This book reveals the roots and origins of the songs on all eight of the band's celebrated studio albums, together with all the stories behind material released after Zeppelin's break-up in 1980, including Unledded: No Quarter and the BBC Sessions album.
As a reporter on UK music weekly Melody Maker, Chris Welch went on the road with Led Zeppelin during the early 1970s. Chris has since worked on a variety of music magazines and has written more than 20 books on rock music. He also contributes to UK newspapers. His finest hour was 'Playing conga drums, live on stage in Germany with Led Zep during "Whole Lotta Love"
Introduction; Led Zeppelin I; Led Zeppelin II; Led Zeppelin III; Four Symbols; Houses of the Holy; Physical Graffiti; Presence; In Through the Out Door; Coda; Remasters and Unledded; The Long Farewell; Chronology; Discography.