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  1. 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/
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. I don't know much of their work, but this blows my mind:
  5. I think I've posted this satirical blog post here before, but it may be relevant in this discussion: Future Zeppelin releases?
  6. 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.
  7. 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:
  8. 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?
  9. Scientology? The Process? You bet your sweet Aiwass they're in there! Hope you get a chance to enjoy the book. No kcor!
  10. 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
  11. 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..."
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. Hey Brother and Sister Zep-heads - I'd like to take the opportunity to let you know about my new book, Here's To My Sweet Satan: How the Occult Haunted Music, Movies, and Pop Culture 1966-1980, just released in print and e-book from Quill Driver Books. Here's To My Sweet Satan is an entertaining and informative social history of the occult boom of the 1960s and 70s, covering everything and everyone from The Exorcist and The Omen to the Bermuda Triangle, Anton LaVey, Charles Manson and Count Chocula. And yes, it contains plenty of analysis of the (real or imagined) occult influences on the rock 'n' roll of the era, including Black Sabbath, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and a certain English quartet we all know and love. Anyway, hope some of you will get a chance to check it out. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain the significance of the title Here's To My Sweet Satan to Led Zeppelin fans, do I? Here's To My Sweet Satan
  15. Damn, I'm going to keep posting this until a musically literate judge throws the whole thing out:
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    Oh CANADA!

    I was no fan of Harper either, but I didn't like the pile-on of hate for him. It reminds me too much of the way some of the American conservatives talk about Obama ("He wants take away our freedoms," "He's a secret Muslim socialist," etc.). Can't we just go back to saying we disagree with his policies and we'll support another party? Why does every disliked leader turn into the worst tyrant in history? More here: My blog post
  17. Yeah, flipped through it in the store...I was pleased to see one of my books listed in the bibliography of required Zeppelin reads, not so pleased to see that Aleister Crowley had died in 1955, leaving the last eight years of his life unaccounted for. Some nice pics, though - the Guccione family has a history of issuing stimulating photography.
  18. This may have been seen before, but here's a link to my Facebook page where I break down the musical nuts and bolts of the controversy. Your witness, Messrs. Page & Plant: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153039409943797
  19. I get that comparison with $immon$. A great band, no doubt, but that History of the Eagles doc nearly turned me off them. More here: https://georgecaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/victim-of-self-love/
  20. Something about seeing enigmatic rock legend JP on the Ellen DeGeneres show seems like an offense against nature. http://georgecaseblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/everything-still-turns-to-gold/
  21. GeorgeC

    Oh CANADA!

    Respectfully, Nutrocker, I don't think the chickens-coming-home-to-roost explanation works here. If Canada was't sending forces to the Middle East, these "self-radicalized" jihadists would no doubt find some other reason to launch their attacks - Canadian support for Israel; Canadian social and economic ties to the US; Canadian acceptance of gay rights; Canadian acceptance of women's equality... What else shouldn't we do to antagonize isolated, violent Muslim fanatics? Even if you personally disagree with the Canadian mission against ISIL, it was debated and approved by democratically elected Canadian legislators. How much of our current political system would you give up to feel confident that no outsider might be moved against it? And while I'm no big fan of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I'd hardly characterize him as neo-con fundamentalist Christian. Certainly in the US he'd be considered a moderate Democrat. If he imposed mandatory church attendance for all citizens, bans on abortion and gay marriage, and brought back public executions, I might see your point, but the conservative/theocrat/redneck/right-wing epithet is thrown around a little too easily these days. By the way, I'm here in the nation's capital, and my workplace experienced a brief lockdown yesterday.
  22. Didn't Page recently say he played a borrowed Flying V for "You Shook Me"? Also, I'm pretty sure BIGLY, YTIGC and BMS were played on a borrowed Gibson J-200 acoustic. The other electric songs were indeed played on his Tele.
  23. That's an interesting insight - Blake is a great poet and he and the other English Romantics (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, et al) are some of my favorite writers. The link between rock music and Romanticism has been well gone over; pretty much all the classic rock groups of that era could be called Romantic in their outlook. Consider: The Doors took their name from Blake via Aldous Huxley (If the doors of perception could be opened) Mick Jagger read from Shelley's Adonais at the Stones' 1969 memorial concert for Brian Jones The Beatles expressed a love of nature with "The Fool On the Hill," "Here Comes the Sun," "I'll Follow the Sun," and others I believe even Iron Maiden did a version of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" There are many other examples of rock overlapping with Romanticism, but Zeppelin certainly fits into the category. I'd also add that LZ (esp. Page) had a lot of interest in the later Pre-Raphaelite artistic movement, the influence of which can also be detected in their music. Rock and read on!
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