Here Are Over 200 Bands, Films, Records, and Other Oddities That You Will Love
Publisher: Backbeat Books
The amount of writing done about the mighty Led Zeppelin is ubiquitous and frequently pointless. Everything we ever needed to know about Led Zeppelin can be found in the bombastic drum work of John Bonham, the soaring vocals of Robert Plant, the stoic precision of John Paul Jones’ bass, and the genius and eloquent fretwork of producer and guitarist Jimmy Page. We’ve seen it and read it all before, ad nauseam.
Or have we?
Author Dave Thompson has taken a fresh approach to Led Zeppelin in this new book. One that gives the reader a wealth of information even many Zeppliphiles did not know. “If You Like Led Zeppelin…” is a fantastic road map of how the band came to define its musical celebration and how that subsequently created ripples which still touch bands that are forming even as you read this.
One could spend months scouring the internet and back issues of Creem, Circus, Rolling Stone and more without ever finding half of the mountain of information and interconnectedness that Thompson has compiled for this book.
While there are only 150 pages here to soak in, readers may take weeks to read it as they will find themselves torn from the pages to jump on the internet researching other lesser known bands, dusting off old records of groups never considered in relationship to Zep, or hitting sites like Spotify to listen to other artists cataloged in the pages of “If You Like Led Zeppelin…”.
That is the gift that Thompson has unveiled in his book. For it offers pathways for the readers to set off on new journeys of discovery down long forgotten or overlooked roads. Thompson has penned over 100 books, written for countless magazines, and like many of his ilk, has a wealth of tidbits, facts, and insight into the world of rock and roll that Ft. Knox could not catalog.
From Zeppelin’s blues-based roots, to their inside out folk movement, to their celebration of live performance, it is all covered here. Connections to old bluesmen, folk legends, and rock contemporaries like Bad Company, The Kinks, Vanilla Fudge, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Rory Gallagher, Deep Purple and even Black Sabbath are all drawn out in Thompson’s book.
As a new generation of bands emerge that wear their Zeppish influences on their collective sleeves, it is intriguing to unveil the fingerprints left on bands as diverse as Heart and Kiss, Great White and Aerosmith, Whitesnake and Janes Addiction: Or how Zeppelin can be directly connected to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and bands like Def Leppard, Saxon and Iron Maiden; or to the Seattle grunge movement and Zeps’ imprint on Soundgarden, Nirvana and so many others.
Yet, his is not a book of trivia, though an immense amount can be found in its pages, which alone makes it worthy of owning for Led Zeppelin fans. What sets “If You Like Led Zeppelin…” apart from numerous books on the band is that while Zeppelin is the foundation from which the book grows, the meat of the read is the way rock and roll has grown out in all manner of direction from the band. Thompson has connected the dots few of us knew existed, paved a linear and non-linear connection to fellow musicians, and shown us that there is so much more out there for us to discover. In short, “If You Like Led Zeppelin…” is a treasure map for all rock and roll fans, past, present and future.