Author(s): Mark Blake
Peter Grant was an ordinary man who led the most extraordinary life. He was also a man with secrets. He took many with him. An envelope of papers relating to his mysterious family background even went with him in the coffin. It made sense. During his lifetime, Led Zeppelin's manager rarely discussed his family background, even with his ex-wife and children. He was brought up by a single mother and always claimed he'd never known his father. But the missing pieces in the familial puzzle continue to fascinate and perplex his daughter, Helen, and son, Warren. With Led Zeppelin's fame and success, some of the spotlight fell on their fearsome giant of a manager. In the absence of hard facts about Grant's early life, an alternative history took, shape, assisted by books, magazine articles, and television documentaries. Some of the information was true, some was wild speculation, and some was completely false. Grant himself contributed to this confused backstory. As his reputation grew, it was to his advantage to let people believe what they wanted. The truth might have been too mundane or revealed too much about the person he really was. "He was a complex man," says Helen. "You could never really know him." Book jacket.