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  1. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant donates to Kidderminster nurses By Emily Collis https://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/18569065.led-zeppelins-robert-plant-donates-kidderminster-nurses/ A ROCK legend has described Worcestershire’s community nurses as "unsung heroes" after donating new equipment to the NHS team in Kidderminster. Robert Plant, front man of iconic rock band Led Zeppelin, has donated a new emergency lifting cushion to the Glades Neighbourhood Team. The cushion will support patients who have had a fall at home. The Glades Neighbourhood Team is one of 13 integrated community nursing teams working across Worcestershire. Led by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and made up of nurses, therapists, social workers and GPs, the team provides care and treatment in patients’ homes, reducing avoidable admissions to hospital by around 15 a day. Mr Plant said: "The Neighbourhood Teams do a really important job in supporting people to remain at home, avoiding hospital wherever possible. "Community nurses and social care teams are real unsung heroes and over the last few months they have been on the front-line, in people’s homes, caring for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. "I am pleased to be able to support the teams and want to help raise awareness of these amazing staff who don’t often get the praise they deserve.” The cushion will be used by the Glades Neighbourhood Team which supports patients across Kidderminster and Hagley. Ruth Walmsley, Glades Neighbourhood Team lead, said: “This generous donation will mean so much to our patients as we will be able to respond in an urgent way to assist patients when they have fallen. "Currently this requires a paramedic call-out as this is not equipment we have access to in the Neighbourhood Team, so having this equipment readily available will save the paramedics having to respond to these calls and free up their capacity for life threatening emergencies.”
  2. https://www.startribune.com/how-led-zeppelin-s-jimmy-page-lost-his-prized-guitar-in-minneapolis-and-got-it-back-45-years-later/571659372/
  3. This Week in History: 1972 Kerry Waghorn creates a legendary Led Zeppelin poster jmackie@postmedia.com https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/this-week-in-history-1972-kerry-waghorn-creates-a-legendary-led-zeppelin-poster/ Kerry Waghorn’s Led Zeppelin poster has become something of a Holy Grail for Led Zeppelin collectors. When Rolling Stones fans rioted outside the Pacific Coliseum on June 3, 1972, Vancouver council was alarmed. So on June 8 they voted 9-2 to cancel the city’s next big rock show, Led Zeppelin at the Coliseum. Artist Kerry Waghorn had done a poster for the show, which was being promoted by his friend Gary Switlo of Concert Box Office. “We would print them up in packs of 200,” explains Waghorn, 73. “For a show like that they would have printed a lot more. But I don’t know how many posters actually got out before they cancelled it.” Forty-eight years later, Waghorn’s Led Zeppelin poster has become something of a Holy Grail for Led Zeppelin collectors. “That poster now, because of its rarity, goes for like $17,000,” he said. Waghorn is constantly getting requests for it on his website. Alas, he can’t even make copies, because the poster is so rare he doesn’t even own a copy himself. But there’s a wrinkle to the story. When the gig was cancelled, Switlo gave Waghorn a partial pack of the unused posters. But he threw them out, because he didn’t like his own illustration. “I remember having quite a few from a packet of 200,” Waghorn recalls. “Bob (Masse) and I had an office in Gastown, and there were train tracks down below, and a dumpster. You know where that railway car restaurant is? Right there. “And I remember throwing 150 of them away! But I console myself that if those 150 flooded the market (today) it would drop way down anyway.” He chuckles. “We had no idea back then that posters would be collected, we never thought like that,” he said. “It was just like a job, you did it and were happy and went on with the next one.” It’s hard to understand why Waghorn didn’t like his illustration — it’s a marvellous depiction of the band in all their hairy glory, executed in Waghorn distinctive style. Images like this helped make Waghorn one of the most successful caricaturists in the world — his work has been published in over 400 newspapers in 60 countries, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Waghorn started off doing cartoons and illustrations for the student paper at Simon Fraser University (The Peak) in the late ‘60s. He progressed to the Georgia Straight and then The Vancouver Sun, where he estimates he did 40 to 50 covers for Leisure magazine. For many years he shared a studio with Masse, a legendary psychedelic poster artist. Waghorn did a lot of posters as well. “I think I did about 40, 45,” he said. “Didn’t do nearly as many as Bob. Bob was a lot more into it than I was. My ambition — my high, lofty ambition — was always to work at The Sun, to be with Roy (Peterson), a cartoonist or caricaturist.” His big break was in 1971, when Waghorn and Masse drove to San Francisco. “Bob knew a few people so we actually got into a van and we drove down and went to the underground comix places, all the poster studios and learnt a bunch of stuff, it was great,” he recounts. “But then the van broke down. He wanted to go to North Beach to go to City Lights (bookstore) and all that stuff, do the beat tour, and I went to the Chronicle. I wanted to see a cartoonist called Graysmith. He wasn’t in but the receptionist said ‘Do you want to see Stanley Arnold?’” As luck would have it, Arnold was one of the giants of newspaper syndication — he was instrumental in the success of Dear Abby, Doonesbury and The Far Side. He suggested that Waghorn try syndicating his caricatures. “I had to do a hundred, to show I had speed and consistency, and that changed my life,” he said. He was distributed by Chronicle and Universal Features for four decades before he retired four years ago. He more or less gave up posters after his syndication career took off, but you can find some of his old posters on his website, kerrywaghorn.com. “My best one, my fondest one, was Laura Nyro,” he said. “She was going to actually use it for a re-release of her first album — she phoned from New York and we talked quite a few times. “But her mother decided the look I gave her made it look like she was on drugs. ‘Too stoned’ was the quote. So I didn’t do the album cover.” https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/this-week-in-history-1972-kerry-waghorn-creates-a-legendary-led-zeppelin-poster/
  4. https://www.johnpauljones.com/bio/ After an hour-long rehearsal earlier in the day, I performed with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Phil Collins and Tony Thompson at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium in support of “Live Aid” charity event.
  5. It was aired at the time on radio, slated for an official promo LP release, but was eventually shelved.
  6. MSG 73 used the KT88 mod. I have an excellent repro of it from Royal Amps. http://www.royalamps.com/specs.html They offer it in 100w or 50w: "MSG 100" and "MSG 50" models.
  7. Fun to see the spooky kid outside the Laugardalsholl Hall in colour, lol. So far, Iceland footage seemed to work the best. The live clip looks incredible too, down to the blue sky peeking in the windows.
  8. I've been playing around with A.I. colourizing software on some black & white Zeppelin clips. Sometimes the results are impressive. It seems to work best on natural settings like outdoors. some mp4 clips: Danish TV '69, Sweden TV 69, Iceland 70, BBC 70 interview, Amsterdam 72: danishtv_sams-colourtest.mp4 1969-swedentv-samscolourtest.mp4 1970-iceland-samscolourtest.mp4 1970-RPJB-interview-samscolourtest.mp4 1972-amsterdam-samscolourtest.mp4
  9. When the designer of this iconic album cover met Led Zeppelin As his original artwork for Led Zeppelin’s debut LP comes to auction, the revered designer George Hardie recalls his first meeting with the legendary rock band In 1969, while George Hardie was still an art student at the Royal College of Art, he was summoned to the attic office of RAK Records on Oxford Street in London to meet Peter Grant, the larger-than-life manager of a new group called Led Zeppelin. Hardie had been recommended to the moustachioed Goliath after adding the typography to Jeff Beck’s recent album, Truth. ‘I sat biting my nails. Opposite me sat four musicians biting theirs,’ recalls Hardie. RAK Records was situated near the Marquee Club in Soho, where a small queue was forming to see the newly formed British rock band play live for the first time. ‘Every so often one of them, a blond, would set off down the stairs to the Marquee and arrive back, puffing, to report on the growth of the queue.’ The blond was singer Robert Plant. Inside the office, Hardie presented his ideas for the cover of the rock band’s debut album, a design based on an old club sign from San Francisco. It was rejected by a ‘thin dark-haired man’, who turned out to be the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page. It was The Who’s raucous drummer, Keith Moon, who had suggested the name Led Zeppelin after a humorous conversation with Page about being in a group together, and their chances of going down like a lead balloon. So Page wanted an image inspired by a photograph of the Hindenburg Zeppelin exploding into flames that was taken by Sam Shere in 1937. ‘So I set to, and with my finest Rapidograph, dot-stippled a facsimile of the famous photograph some seven inches square on a sheet of tracing paper,’ says Hardie. The artist admits he had no idea then that the extravagantly hirsute band would become so successful and that their album, Led Zeppelin I, would go on to sell millions of copies. There is even a lithograph of the album cover held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hardie was paid £60 for the artwork, which he says he was quite happy with. ‘I think the drawing made a good and memorable cover, but this was more to do with the photograph and Jimmy Page’s choice of it than with my skill as a dotter,’ he says modestly. Today, as well as being responsible for some of the world’s most iconic album covers, including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Technical Ecstasy for Black Sabbath, Hardie is a celebrated illustrator and designer. His clean, geometrical drawings are instantly recognisable on book covers and postage stamps. Hardie’s relationship with Led Zeppelin continued through the design collective Hipgnosis. ‘We did some good work for them,’ he acknowledges — notably his design for their 1976 album Presence. The artist’s surreal collage of a happy suburban family seated around a strange, primeval statue was as disconcerting as it was humorous. A few years ago, Hardie was clearing out his studio when he found the original tracing for Led Zeppelin I at the bottom of a plan chest. ‘It was unsullied, in a clean folder on which one of my partners had written years ago, “G’s pension fund”.’ The original artwork for Led Zeppelin I by George Hardie will be offered in Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Americana during Classic Week at Christie’s, 2-18 June, Online. https://www.christies.com/features/George-Hardie-original-artwork-for-Led-Zeppelin-I-10500-1.aspx
  10. I think all the bashing should stop. Thanks.
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