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Just to let everyone know that today is the official release date of my Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time (readers in the UK will have to wait another month). The book has a nice Foreword by Danny Goldberg; in-depth analyses of the plagiarism, back-masking, and Satanism rumors; detailed overviews of the album covers; recollections from Joe Petagno (who illustrated the Swan Song logo); lots of other insights and even a few (I hope) exclusives. I've also acknowledged the info and discussions to be found here at lz.com. LZ FAQ should be in stores this week. Hope readers can get a chance to check it out. Comments and critiques will be welcomed.

Anyway, enjoy.

Interview with George in Ultimate Classic Rock about his new LZ book

http://ultimateclass...-zeppelin-four/

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Led Zeppelin ‘IV’

by: Matthew Wilkening 2 weeks ago

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album turns forty years old today (Nov. 8), and as part of our celebration we’re counting down 10 things you may not know about this legendary and much discussed album with the help of George Case, the author of ‘Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time.’

Far from a typical biography, the book jumps in a dizzying but wonderful way across years and topics to explore the band’s work from every perspective possible. As Case explains, “I started off as a fan, but I wanted to write more than just the traditional fan biography. I wanted to dig a little more into the whole cultural background of what Zeppelin was doing when they were actually an active group.”

This is partially done to debunk the sometimes erroneous legends that have surrounded the band over the years: “There seems to have been a mythology put onto them since they broke up, and the fan community has read so much into the music and the album covers and what the band was doing, and when you go back to the actual interviews of what they said they were doing it, they’re actually a lot more off-hand about it than people might suspect.”

Which makes a lot of sense, given the band’s schedule at the time. “Those first four albums were made in less than two years, so obviously they were working at a really fast pace, they didn’t have time to think about everything they were doing and try to come up with a reasoning for why they made the songs, or what they put on the album covers. So I was trying to remind the readers about that, that a lot of this was more haphazard than it seems to be in retrospect.”

It’s a fantastic read and we highly suggest you check it out. If you scroll down below, you might even win your own free copy. In the meantime, here’s 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Led Zeppelin ‘IV’:

1. They had a good reason for not including their name or faces on the cover.

“The cover wasn’t meant to antagonize the record company,” Jimmy Page told reporter Brad Tolinksi in 2001. ‘It was designed as our response to the music critics who maintained that the success of our first three albums was driven by hype and not talent… So we stripped everything away, and let the music do the talking.”

2. The opening sounds of ‘Black Dog’ are a byproduct of studio technology.

As Case explains, “Page did a lot of overdubbing, so when you’ve got three separate tracks of guitars to be played together, they have to get synched. It’s the sound of the tape rolling. He could have cut it out, it’s just them getting lined up from the separate takes and all.” Instead, the guitarist left them in, thinking it sounded like “the massing of the guitar armies.”

3. Robert Plant’s the only one moving at normal speed on ‘When the Levee Breaks.’

Much has been made of the Headley Grange stairwell that helped capture that massive ‘Levee’ drum sound: “People wonder how that sounds so planetary, but there was a natural echo there, and then they put more on it. They also slowed it down in the mix so it sounded really booming, had this huge reverb to it, it’s almost physical when you listen to it.” In fact, “The only sound on ‘When the Levee Breaks’ that’s recorded in natural time is Plant’s voice, everything else is slowed down just a little bit to make it really heavy.”

4. If you had to pick the least popular song on the album, it would probably be ‘Four Sticks.’

Although he’s quick to label it “a very tough call,” Case mentions in the book that the rhythmically tricky ‘Four Sticks’ is probably the least essential of all the songs on ‘IV.’ “I don’t think it’s bad at all, but I think of all the songs on the record it’s the least listenable.” Perhaps the band agrees: “Seven of the eight songs from that album are on their 1990 box set, and ‘Four Sticks’ was the one that didn’t make it. Compared to the other tracks on there, it just doesn’t stand out as much.”

5. The album was recorded in several different places.

When discussing the recording of ‘IV,’ the reportedly haunted house known as Headley Grange comes up, but big parts of the record were recorded at places like Island Studios and Sunset Sound. “Headley Grange is the one that gets known, because it’s a spooky house and that’s really cool, that’s where ‘When the Levee Breaks’ was recorded, in that echoey stairwell, but they did use a lot of other studios too. Headley was not professional enough. They had Ronnie Lane’s mobile outside, but Page was saying they had to go into a real studio for what they were doing.”

6. The band realized they needed to start crediting their lyrical inspirations.

Zeppelin has taken much grief from blues fans for heavily relying on lyrics from other artists in their earlier work, and it seems the degree of this “borrowing” is still being realized. “One thing I didn’t even mention in the book, that I heard just recently, I was listening to Count Basie, and he has a song called ‘Going to Chicago’ — “Sorry that I can’t take you,” so obviously Plant was getting into that at the end of ‘Levee.’ So all the lyrics were taken from Memphis Minnie, except for that little bit of Basie at the end. By that point, by ‘IV,’ I think they knew it was too obvious, that they couldn’t take someone else’s song and all the credit for it, so they snuck her name on it at the end.”

7. Contrary to rumors, there are no backwards messages on ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

“It sounds cool, it’s a great legend, but all that is just something that’s been thrown at it from long after the record was done. It wasn’t until the ’80s, after Zeppelin broke up, that these ideas started getting aired in public. It had to do with the religious backlash that happened in those days, people were reading satanic messages into ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ this was just one more target for them. The band did use backwards sounds, for the aural effect, but they weren’t trying to put any messages on there.”

8. They weren’t the first to name a song ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

They were beaten to that title, if not by others before him, by none other than pop crooner Neil Sedaka, who included his own song by that exact same name on his 1960 album ‘Neil Sedaka Sings Little Devil and His Other Hits,’ taking it all the way to No. 9 on the charts.

9. There could have been more than eight songs on ‘IV.’

Zeppelin had a habit of holding onto material until they deemed it ready, for years sometimes. Many of the songs from 1975′s ‘Physical Graffiti’ were actually recorded as far back as the ‘III’ sessions. ‘Boogie with Stu’ from ‘Graffiti’ originally came from the ‘IV’ sessions, as did ‘Black Country Woman.’

10. The symbols the band chose for themselves on the album art don’t mean as much as you might think.

“They were put together pretty hastily, people have read so much into them over the years. When you get down to it, it sounds like John Paul Jones and John Bonham just said, ‘Oh, we’ll pick these, you know, sure, whatever,’ they weren’t that interested. Robert Plant picked the feather in the circle from some mystical account of some lost civilization that probably never existed. It was one of those hippie things that they thought was out there. Page’s “Zoso,” goes way back to the renaissance, really, but basically it’s a representation of Capricorn from a document dating back the 1500s. In those days, the way people drew astrological symbols was a lot more elaborate than just scales or fish, but it does derive from a symbol for Saturn, or for Capricorn. It’s nothing satanic or anything like that.”

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Thanks for posting, Kenog.

Just to say that the interview got a little garbled: "Black Country Woman" was not recorded at the LZIV sessions, so I don't mean to convey misinformation. Hopefully Led Zeppelin FAQ will offer lots of hard facts and imaginative insights for hardcores and newbies alike. It's in stores now, so enjoy!

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I enjoyed your book on Page and I look forward to this one too. Best of luck, George!

And nice score getting Danny Goldberg to write the forward!...

I purchased the book over the week end and what I've read so far awesome. I like the whole lay out the information obviously and the photos of items from his own collection.

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Interview with George in Ultimate Classic Rock about his new LZ book

http://ultimateclass...-zeppelin-four/

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Thanks for posting, Kenog.

Just to say that the interview got a little garbled: "Black Country Woman" was not recorded at the LZIV sessions, so I don't mean to convey misinformation. Hopefully Led Zeppelin FAQ will offer lots of hard facts and imaginative insights for hardcores and newbies alike. It's in stores now, so enjoy!

Very nice interview! Most of my friends have purchased this book already and all the reviews I've heard from them have been great. They especially like the way that George has brought different perspectives and balance to the discussion of some of the more "controversial" myths surrounding the band. I've been telling my husband about this book since last year and I know that it will be one of my Christmas gifts from him - I look forward to reading it.

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Rolling Stone Rock Trivia (Winter 2011) (USA)

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(Front Cover)

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(Back Cover)

Scans courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

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Surprised this isn't here yet.

Rolling Stone (December 2011) (USA)

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The 3 other covers have Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie VanHalen

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Surprised this isn't here yet.

Rolling Stone (December 2011) (USA)

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The 3 other covers have Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie VanHalen

Thanks very much for posting this, aen27.

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Thanks very much for posting this, aen27.

Just picked this up today I'm not a fan of Rolling Stone, but its Jimmy so I had to have it.

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Surprised this isn't here yet.

Rolling Stone (December 2011) (USA)

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The 3 other covers have Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie VanHalen

My place of employment better have this on the newsstand or I will be pissed. :angry:

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I am in a bit of a hurry in the moment, so no time to check if this magazine has been mentioned on the forums before - when I was in the supermarket this morning, I noticed a Limited Edition copy of 'Guitarist' magazine featuring 100 guitarists (including Jimmy, of course, but also a good number of US axemen). It is priced at £9.99 and looks very impressive indeed.

I have checked their website, but can't see any mention of it.

http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist

EDIT:- I have now checked the internet, it looks like a limited edition of this was released in 2009. Now, I don't know if there have been any updates since, all I can say is that my local Tesco supermarket seems to have taken delivery of a significant quantity of this magazine. Even if it hasn't been updated, it is a worthwhile buy for anyone who missed it the first time around.

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I can't seem to find the RS Issue with Jimmy on the cover. I went to Barnes & Noble & they didn't have it. But, I have contacted & emailed Rolling Stone so hopefully, something will come about.

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The latest TBL magazine issue 31 is out now. It’s another packed issue with exclusive content taking you back to the music with fresh perspective.

Can you buy TBL in any stores? I got the August 2008 one at Zavvi, but Zavvi's gone now.

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Can you buy TBL in any stores? I got the August 2008 one at Zavvi, but Zavvi's gone now.

I have to subcribe directly from Dave from the TBL website, as Steve showed you above.

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Ok cool. Thank you both so much (and you're like two of the main people on here, what an honour!)

I just ordered the collectors cover :yes2:

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Ok cool. Thank you both so much (and you're like two of the main people on here, what an honour!)

I just ordered the collectors cover :yes2:

You're welcome. :D

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where can you purchase these japan books in the usa?

So far as I know the publisher doesn't distribute to the USA. Your best bet is to place an order thru the Shinko Music website, try to find them on amazon.com japan or check ebay. If there are titles you simply cannot live without I can probably be of some assistance given

I am in Tokyo most of the time.

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hi steve, here are a few to think about if you get to a great zep store. how cool is that you are in japan a lot? i would be broke buying zep cd's books etc. i love it all. let me know what ya think. bk

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