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About GeorgeC

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    The land of the Ice and Snow, and Maple Syrup
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    I'm the guy who wrote Jimmy Page's unauthorized biography and Led Zeppelin FAQ, as well as other books.

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  1. Nice to hear Mick and Jimmy talking - pretty discreetly, I'd say - about Stones and Zep history. And now I know that morning radio shows are as inane in the UK as in Canada and the US.
  2. I think this is pretty damn cool. Somehow I'd thought Rich Grech was on this? But you can definitely hear Pagey's solo near the end. Must have been a hell of a party.
  3. I saw similar Beatles-themed Hot Wheels in my local big-box grocery store; I don't think these will be particularly rare. Obviously the days of Peter Grant jealously controlling the licensing of LZ products are long gone. Maybe it's not the worst thing in the world, but it looks like the surviving members and their legal advisors - or whoever has the final say on such matters - have decided that the revenue from trademark deals (e.g. the Cadillac commercial, the Jimmy Page figurines, movie soundtracks, etc.) is worth any sullying of the band's reputation. Zeppelin music and imagery, whether authorized or not, are so familiar by now as to practically be in the public domain anyway. Perhaps the artists just figure they ought to get in on a market that's going to exist with or without their approval. Still... https://georgecaseblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/everything-still-turns-to-gold/
  4. I read the Uncut issue Hercoflex posted above (standing at the rack while grocery shopping). Page doesn't say much new, and even his familiar stories about discovering the guitar as a kid sound pretty rehearsed, but the interviewer actually asks some surprisingly pointed questions, including about the occult, Page's lack of any new Plant-like career direction, and Lori Mattix. They all get a "No comment," but kudos to the guy for trying.
  5. GeorgeC

    New Peter Grant Book

    Just finished this one; not overly impressed. I didn't get a lot out of it that wasn't already in the Chris Welch book from 2001, and though Blake was obviously able to contact a lot of sources including Grant's adult children and various ex-Swan Song employees, it still seems like a familiar sordid story: hardscrabble upbringing, big success, decadence and drugs, finally making peace. The more I read about LZ's business workings especially, the less respect I have for their organization as a whole. There were a lot of talented artists in that era, but whether or not they built durable careers seems to have depended at least as much on their management team as the actual music. I've made the same point in some of my rock 'n' roll books, and in this blog review of Barney Hoskyns' LZ oral history: https://georgecaseblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/led-to-believe/
  6. I don't know much of their work, but this blows my mind:
  7. I think I've posted this satirical blog post here before, but it may be relevant in this discussion: Future Zeppelin releases?
  8. In some of my JP / LZ research I speculated that the "Coco" Page referred to was Corrine "Coco" Schwab, David Bowie's longtime personal assistant. I don't have any solid proof of that, except that Page and Bowie knew and spent time with each other (not always healthily, shall we say), and Page's dragon and poppy suits are somewhat "glam" in the same way as Bowie's mid-70s outfits. Perhaps your research can uncover something more substantial.
  9. Whatever Hardie's views of it, LZI is still one of the great album covers of the era when album covers mattered. I go into some analysis of the image on pgs. 205-208:
  10. One new controversy arising from the trial is the press's insistence that the "myth" of STH being written at Bron-yr-aur has been "exploded." But I'm wondering, who's ever said that the song was completely written by Page and Plant in Wales? My understanding is that Page brought the earliest run-throughs of the song from Wales to Headley Grange, where it was more fully arranged with Jones and Bonham, and that the final recording was perfected at Island Studios in London, where Plant added his complete set of lyrics. So what's this "myth" of the work being created, music and words all, in the Welsh countryside?
  11. Scientology? The Process? You bet your sweet Aiwass they're in there! Hope you get a chance to enjoy the book. No kcor!
  12. Some more positive reviews of Here's To My Sweet Satan, and an interview : "The Secret Book Review" blog Bookgasm review Interview, with Zeppelin discussion
  13. For what it's worth, I think comparing the size of the venues the two bands played, or the attendance therein, or even the number of records they were selling, is a false distinction. They weren't having contests where punters had to choose either one of the other, and the capacity of whatever stadium or festival where the acts appeared would have been incidental to more practical factors: schedule, availability, promoters' fees, touring logistics, etc. I can only imagine Richards and Page reading through these posts (very unlikely, but let's just speculate) and having a good laugh. "Long way from the Birmingham Blues Fest in 1962, eh, mate?" "You said it, gov'nor...And what was the name of that bird we both shagged in 1971?...Crikey, my arthritis is bad today..."
  14. Here's a link to a recent interview with me regarding Here's To My Sweet Satan, in which I delve into some of the questions around the infamous "Zeppelin curse" among other issues: Paranormal Review Radio Interview
  15. I know it's in a variety of e-book formats (e.g. Amazon Kindle, etc.) but you may have to search around to find the one you want. Thanks SAJ. Here are some links to previews and sources: Here's To My Sweet Satan preview (Diabolus in Musica) History News Essay Amazon link yojnE!
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