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Neil J

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  1. Here is a video of the Q and A (featuring Julie Felix) at the Albert Hall. You can hear the response from Prof. Steve Chibnall to Dave Lewis's question from the audience. This should outline what is known about the Bath 70 footage at this point. Dave's question comes just after the 19 minute mark. Scroll down the page on the DMU Facebook Page and you should find it https://www.facebook.com/dmuleicester/
  2. Well, Led Zeppelin voted as top band and top drummer - where I am in the UK, there's been a roaring thunderstorm all night. It's as if Bonzo (with a little help from Moony, of course) has been having a celebration for the last 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Given the very conscious decision to penetrate the American market in the late 60s, it probably didn't make much business sense to step into a country and start bad mouthing the current foreign policy (especially in those more hawkish, conservative states). I suppose the general, vaguely pro-peace and love ideological position of the band is more than implicit in songs like Going to California, That's The Way... etc. You could, at a stretch, read Immigrant Song as a celebration of wanton aggression (and it appeared around the time Nixon was conducting secret bombing missions in Cambodia) but I think it was written and performed with a sense of fun and irony. I know that Plant did air political opinions onstage during the 75 Earl's Court shows, making direct (albeit jokey) reference to the UK's restictive tax laws and his impending tax exile.
  4. Somebody help me here - I'm new and stupid.
  5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2008/jun/27/3 Click on the link and scroll to bottom of article - from the UK's Guardian newspaper.
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    John Bindon

    I did read somewhere that he had murdered someone He stood trial for murder (the incident in question, a stabbing in a London bar, occured in 1978, only a year or so after the Oakland Zep escapades) but the jury found him not guilty. It is widely believed that the Jury was influenced by the character testimony provided by none other than Bob Hoskins, who described him as a 'big cuddly bear'. I don't buy into the whole cursed Led Zeppelin mythology myself, but it is very interesting how another life that came into the band's orbit, albeit temporarily, then proceeded to spin out of control. Despite the 'not guilty' verdict, Bindon found it difficult to secure acting work afterwards (although he appears in QUADROPHENIA briefly) and he died alone and reclusive in 1993, aged 50, from an AIDS related illness. There is a biography available on Bindon by Wensley Clarkson, but from what I can gather, it plays fast and loose with a lot of facts for the sake of a good ole' London hoodlum yarn. Murder, violence, disease - I've just related what a downer my first topic thread is. From now on its all lightness and positive energy.
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    John Bindon

    I'm a first time poster, so greetings everyone (and thank you for sharing your knowledge over the last few years with this Zep neophyte). Anyway, rather odd choice you may think for a first post - next week in the UK, ITV 4 (9pm, 27 June)is screening a documentary about John Bindon, the notorious London hardman hired by Peter Grant as a minder for the 77 US tour. Many fans (and probably band members) may prefer to forget about Bindon as he's associated with some of the darker moments of the 77 tour (including the vicious beating of one of Bill Graham's staff at Oakland). However, he's a fascinating figure (also appearing in the film PERFORMANCE) and pops up in various aspects of 60s/70s popular culture like some kind of psychotic Forrest Gump. I'm not sure if the doc covers anything in relation to the Zep tour but should be interesting nonetheless.
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