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About GeorgeC

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    Zep Head
  • Birthday 06/18/1967

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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. Isn't that also Chris Spedding beside Jonesy? This isn't really one of Macca's better moments...Which means it's still better than three-quarters of anybody else's music.
  2. Hi Zep people, Just wanted to give a heads-up on my latest music-related title, Takin' Care of Business: A History of Working People's Rock 'n' Roll. It's heavy on the AC/DC, Skynyrd, and Springsteen, but there are numerous LZ references scattered throughout, and I was fortunate enough to get a useful quote from LZ.com's own Sam R, about the diverse community of fans logging in and opinionating here on the message board. It's out in ebook right now and a print copy will be available in a couple of weeks. I hope some of you Simple Men (and Women) will take the Highway to Hell and c
  3. I-like-the-hyphen-It-gives-off-an-old-timey-vibe-that-works-for-LZ...sort-of-like:
  4. Just wanted to pay tribute to this graphic designer - you may not have heard of him, but I guarantee all of us here have appreciated his work, which has helped define the Led Zeppelin identity for decades. The author of this linked article consulted me on Bush's ties to the Hipgnosis firm: http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/in-memoriam-bush-hollyhead
  5. This is a really solid piece of research on a topic that's usually glossed over. Glad to see one of my Zep books mentioned; I also addressed the story (and some of Lori's inconsistencies) in my LZ FAQ. I've often suspected that the story she gave for Hammer of the Gods was an example of chequebook journalism. Though there's little doubt that Page and the band went through a lot of partners back in the 1970s, it's clear that some of the partners' accounts have subsequently been much exaggerated to bask in some of Zeppelin's still-reflecting glory.
  6. Why, why, why? I prefer my LZ remote, mysterious, unhyped, and uncommercialized. They can't need the money the licensing of their name and iconography brings in, and I doubt the surviving members would have sold off their rights to approval of stuff like this. 😞
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 durab
  12. I don't know much of their work, but this blows my mind:
  13. I think I've posted this satirical blog post here before, but it may be relevant in this discussion: Future Zeppelin releases?
  14. 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.
  15. 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:
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