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  1. I've often thought that Rolling Stone Magazine's bias against Led Zeppelin was due to changing musical tastes among the Baby Boom generation. The founder, Jann Wenner, was born in 1946, the early years of the baby boom. He and his cohorts spent their teen years listening to the Beach Boys, Dion and Peter, Paul & Mary. They were used to melodic songs you can hum or whistle. It's why they embraced rock groups like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Doors. You can hum or whistle songs like "Yesterday", "Satisfaction", or "Light My Fire" from beginning to end. Try doing this with "Whole Lotta Love" or "Kashmir'. They're too dense. What was actually innovation and a new direction for rock music must have seemed like tuneless noise to many older Boomers. That's my theory, anyway.
  2. I'm glad your friend was able to make his peace with his war experiences and the Vietnamese people.
  3. I didn't get the impression that Rolling Stone was trying to glorify Dzhokar Tsarnaev in that issue. I thought the point they were trying to make is that terrorists don't always look like Osama bin Laden. They don't always look scary or 'foreign'. They could even look like that cute, curly-haired dude in your Freshman English class. That's why Rolling Stone used that particular photo of Tsarnaev, in my opinion anyway.
  4. Yes, Journey could be a bit cheesy at times but, sometimes I want cheese. I attended one of their concerts back in 1983. Steve Perry's singing was on point and he was backed by a solid, and tight band. Together they put on a damn fine show. What more could I ask?
  5. I went to see Fences yesterday. It is a terrific film based on the August Wilson play of the same title. The acting was excellent across the board, but Denzel Washington is amazing in the lead role. IMO, he does his best acting when he portrays "not so nice" characters.
  6. I didn't know about the 1991 Led Zeppelin reunion attempt. Can you share any details about this?
  7. About Fidel Castro...some Cubans are glad that he is dead; others mourn his death and still others aren't sure how they feel about him. Back when I was in grad school, one of my professors was married to an Afro-Cuban biologist. He left Cuba during the early 1980's because he ran afoul of Castro's government. He was critical of the Castro regime, but at the same time he believed the Cuban Revolution was, on balance, a positive move for the country. The way he explained it; before the revolution most black Cubans wouldn't have been able to attend university and enter the professions. His grandparents were illiterate laborers on one of the sugar plantations. '
  8. Come now, Steve. You know that what you refer to as "The Left" doesn't have a monopoly on politicizing everyday life. Conservative busybodies routinely champion laws that impact other people's personal choices under the guise of religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby's president went to court because he didn't think his company's insurance plan should pay for employees' IUDs or morning after pills. Even worse, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with him. What gives Steve Green or Antonin Scalia the right to inject their religious beliefs into other people's medical decisions? Shouldn't these be left to the individual employee and her doctor? Talk about politicizing everyday life!
  9. My sympathies to the Bulsara family. 94 years old! She had a great run. I hope someone took the time to interview her about her own life and experiences. Just think of all the major world events Mrs. Bulsara witnessed: World War II, the Partition of India, the independence movements in East Africa where the family lived before moving to the UK. The changing role of women both in the UK and within her own Parsi community.
  10. From what I've read, he started using heroin sometime during the 1975 North American tour and didn't stop until either just before or just after the ARMS concert in 1983. Other posters may know more details about this period of Page's life.
  11. I didn't know that internet forums even existed in the late Seventies.
  12. From what I've read, Page, JPJ and Peter Grant put up the money for the band's first tour and album. They started off with a financial stake in Led Zeppelin while Plant and Bonham were on salary. I'm guessing that being able to self-fund their first tour and album gave Page and Grant more negotiating power vis-a-vis the record labels who came calling in 1969. However, JPJ brought more to the table than his checkbook. He was an experienced session musician and arranger. He and Page had done the occasional session together so Page was well acquainted with his talents. They brought Richard Cole on board as Tour Manager because Cole had held the same job with The Yardbirds after Grant became their manager.
  13. I'm coming a bit late to this thread. Has Page stated that he was unaware that posters advertising this event gave the impression that he would perform music? Also, how did Ross Halfin become one of the this event's organizers? Isn't he a photographer?
  14. Turkey tetrazzini. I made it for dinner yesterday using the rest of the leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey.
  15. Given Malofiy's professional reputation, I'm surprised that Michael Skidmore and the Randy California Trust hired him. Was he the only attorney they could find who was willing to take on this lawsuit?
  16. IMO, you're assuming a great deal: 1) Page would hire and retain an incompetent lawyer for such an important case when he can afford the best lawyers money can buy and with so much at stake. 2) Page is the band member calling the shots during this trial. From what I've read Plant stopping dancing to Page's tune in 1980 if not earlier. 3) Plant would put up with an incompetent lawyer on their legal team.
  17. I'm three years late responding to this thread but, maybe Audrey Hamilton meant that it was a big 'no no" to the Zep band members and the one rule groupies were warned not to break.
  18. Is that Maurice and Robin Gibb with Robert Plant in the the top photo? I love the bottom photo. The boys' clothing screams "1969 rock musician". The velvet loon pants, Bonham's green leather boots, etc. Only Jimmy Page would think to pair hot pink velvet pants with a black leather motorcycle jacket. Page and Plant both have have startled expressions, Bonham's is kind of "Yeah right, mate" while Jones' is "I.m not going to give you the satisfaction of reacting". Does anyone know the story behind the last photo?
  19. I have fond memories of slow dancing to this song at house parties when I was a teenager. Thanks for the music Mr. Paul and may you sing with the angels.
  20. Plant and Page aren't stupid. I assume they hired the best legal team money can buy. The plaintiffs' attorneys have six expert witnesses lined up to testify but, I think the burden of proof is on them.
  21. The plaintiff must be spending a lot of money on the legal fees and experts. Did their lawyers take the case on contingency or has someone donated money for the legal expenses? Does anyone know?
  22. Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand. Stairway To Heaven is the most famous song in Zep's catalog. Plant maybe tired of singing it but, he knows it is the song people most identify with him. For he and Page to admit that they plagiarized it would be tantamount to Deep Purple admitting they plagiarized Smoke on the Water or Queen admitting they plagiarized Bohemian Rhapsody. Maybe they're rolling the dice and hoping that a victory in this lawsuit will put the matter to rest once and for all. I also find it interesting that many posters assume that Page is driving the bus for Team Zep. I wouldn't assume this. He may have been the band's leader from 1968-1980, but nowadays Plant appears to be the more dynamic and focused of the two men.
  23. I read a Page interview during which the interviewer asked him about a single he recorded during his session musician days, She Just Satisfies. Page laughed and said the record was best forgotten. I got the impression that he doesn't have any illusions about his singing ability. Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore are two other great rock guitarists from that era who can't (or won't) sing. By the way, has anyone here ever listened to She Just Satisfies?
  24. Wouldn't the above be considered "heresay"? Is heresay admissible in civil trials? Randy California is dead so Zep's lawyers can't take his deposition or cross examine him.
  25. The crimes of Pete Rose and O.J. Simpson aren't comparable. Rose was placing bets on Major League baseball games; his actions could have directly impacted his team and MLB. Simpson stood trial for murdering his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. A heinous crime but it didn't impact his former team or the NFL. Not to mention, that a jury of his peers acquitted him of these crimes. You may not agree with the verdict; many Americans don't. Like so many things in the U.S., opinions on this subject seem to split along racial lines.
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