Kayte Posted January 4, 2011 Share Posted January 4, 2011 (Hopefully I've put this in the right section of the board... Please move if not, moderator. ) Led Zeppelin is obviously still really relevant, and they probably will be for generations to come. However, we can learn a lot from the first generation to really love Zep, especially since they were the ones who made them rich and famous. So please -- talk to us whippersnappers, old timers. (I mean "old timers" with all due respect.) Fill us in on how Zeppelin fit in with the social and historical context of the time. For example: Was a Led Zeppelin concert different back then from a concert nowadays? And how so?What Zep songs do you remember being played on the radio? All of 'em?Was The Song Remains the Same in a theater near you and did you see it?Did the kids talk about Zep a lot at school? Hang their pics up in their lockers? Draw ZOSO all over everything?What did your parents think? Was it "noise" to them? Evil? Stupid?Where did you hear news about Zep? Was it primarily the radio, magazines, newspapers? Which magazines?What was the other music of the time like? Why did Zep stand out?Did the cultural impact of the Vietnam War have anything to do with Led Zeppelin's popularity or timing?Hippies. How did they figure in? Were they more of a 60s or 70s phenomenon? Did hippies like Zep?Did you ever get the sense that Zep was selling out at any point? Do you remember people getting mad when their sound changed over the course of the years?When the surviving Zeppelins began to work solo, what did you think? Especially in regards to Robert's solo career, Coverdale-Page, The Firm, etc.If Zep were coming to your town, was everyone talking about it?What were the reactions people had when they heard about the big tragic events in Zep history? Especially Bonham's passing?What about modern British history? How did Zeppelin factor into that? Why were the kids listening to blues over there? When the Zeppelins were younger (like, little kids in the 50s,) were the effects of World War II still lingering? What was the economy like? In America, we stopped rationing right after the war, but was that true in Britain?If I recall correctly, Jonesy and Jimmy are from the London area and Robert and Bonzo are from the Birmingham area. How are those two regions different culturally? Different accents? Different outlooks? How do they see each other? Does one region look down on another region?Zeppelin seemed irritated at the limited airplay they got in Britain. How did they get famous over there? Were they more of an underground thing? Did a lot of kids know about them? There are tons of other questions, but these are just ideas or guidelines to get you thinking. So if you feel like spinning some yarns, please do so! So many of us only know Led Zeppelin as a band that we were just too young to see live. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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