When Giants Walked the Earth
Forty years since their formation in a grubby Chinatown basement comes the first truly definitive biography of the world's most legendary rock band - Led Zeppelin. They were 'the last great band of the sixties; the first great band of the seventies'; they rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of both Page and Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction and death. Wall recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream of Led Zeppelin into an even more incredible and hard-to-swallow reality.
'A document of a bygone age... they summed up the best and worst of rock culture in the 1970s' -- Robert Sandall TIMES 'an exemplary rock biography' CATHOLIC HERALD 'Well illustrated and utterly compelling' HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER