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Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury By Neal Preston

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Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury, an innovative illustrated digital book by famed photographer Neal Preston, is available now for pre-order and will be released exclusively on the iBookstore on April 15 for a price of $9.99. The book comes alive with a tap, swipe or pinch and provides an unprecedented and comprehensive look into the world of Led Zeppelin, one of rock’s most iconic bands. Through Preston’s lens the reader experiences hundreds of photos (over 100 of whichhave never been seen before), 80 contact sheets (all previously unpublished), audio commentary from Preston, video and text interviews with people who worked with the band, and even memorabilia and set lists for concerts whose photos are featured in the book.

Created with Apple’s digital book creation app, iBooks Author, this Multi-Touch experience on iPad is unprecedented in its visual style and layout, letting the reader explore never-before-seen shots of Led Zeppelin and join them not only on stage, but also backstage. Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury contains an intro by Stevie Nicks and has contributions from bands like My Chemical Romance, Heart, Mastodon and many more.

No photographer was granted the access to Led Zeppelin that Neal Preston had. Any photo of the band from the post-1973 era familiar to fans is probably one of Preston’s images. Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury immerses you in the band’s inner circle with brilliant on-stage performance photos, backstage candid shots, intimate images from onboard the band’s two private planes, as well as snapshots from press conferences, movie premieres, private band parties and more.

Neal Preston’s career began when he was still in high school and continues today. His photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet: on the covers and in the pages of world-class magazines and newspapers, to books, television shows, feature films, Broadway show programs and billboards, vinyl, CD and DVD packages; almost literally everywhere. His client list is a virtual who’s-who of rock royalty including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Queen and Fleetwood Mac. His archive, a body of work spanning almost four decades, is regarded as one of the music industry’s most extensive and significant photo collections. Preston’s archive was the key source of photographs for VH1′s acclaimed Behind the Music documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in 50 episodes. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for Bob Geldof’s Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. In 1988, his association with Bruce Springsteen helped land him the job as official tour photographer for Amnesty International’s landmark ”Human Rights Now!” tour.

Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury, an innovative illustrated digital book by famed photographer Neal Preston, is available now for pre-order exclusively on the iBookstore for a price of $9.99 before going on sale April 15.

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Why does this sadden me ?

Of course I'd like to see it, but I'd rather pay more than 10 dollars, and own it as a physical book. I paid the £400 for Jimmy's book, and I love it, so glad I did .. though I didn't pay for Neal Preston's £1250 photo offered on the JP website ( even though that one was my favourite): when beautiful things cost a lot of money, then yes, sooner or later they exclude some of us with other bills to pay. I hate the idea of being ripped off, but I absolutely recognise when I am being offered something tangible, and of quality.

I think this is the reverse: someone who has been one of the foremost Led Zeppelin photographers is selling off his stuff electronically, and for not much more than the price of a glossy music mag. I know Neal Preston has produced some wonderful publications of his Zep photos .. maybe there's nothing more to do on that front. It's all about the world of publishing .. which is also just like music releases: illegal downloads vs born-again vinyl addicts. People with a wilful determination to pay for stuff which others are ripping off, or getting cheap.

It's perverse of me, but reading about this book, I almost feel like saving my pennies and buying that stupid silver nitrate photo . You could argue that each is a kind of travesty .. I'm just drawn to the pricey travesty!

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Why does this sadden me ?

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It's perverse of me, but reading about this book, I almost feel like saving my pennies and buying that stupid silver nitrate photo . You could argue that each is a kind of travesty .. I'm just drawn to the pricey travesty!

"X is too expensive...but Y isn't expensive enough!"

Huh? Be glad that this is being offered at all. A definite buy...while I'd rather have a physical copy, this will still be cool to have -- and if an actual book comes out later, I'll buy that, too!

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"X is too expensive...but Y isn't expensive enough!"

Huh? Be glad that this is being offered at all. A definite buy...while I'd rather have a physical copy, this will still be cool to have -- and if an actual book comes out later, I'll buy that, too!

I don't have an i phone! I wish it was a book too.

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Yes I know .. I did say it was perverse !

:P

I don't have an i phone! I wish it was a book too.

Nor an iPod? I thought iBooks had a desktop version of the app...well, hopefully it's made available on other platforms shortly thereafter. If it isn't, it actually plays to the exclusivity aspect touched upon by truth and beauty. :P

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I *might* pick this up, screenshot everything, save the photos, then delete it. The format is way too fledgling to do justice to the photos, and to the fans.

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Just so everyone here knows, this is ONLY for iPads. iPhones/iPods cannot display this.

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Son of a....! Guess this means they expect the rest of us to go buy iPads now just to access this. No fair.

Not all of us like gizmos and gadgets you know. :(

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Hi Sam - will this be made available for Android in the future? I would buy this for sure.

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Well I was thinking of getting an Ipad my wife & I could share.. this just adds one more + to the pro side. Hopefully this may come as a physical book at a later date.

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It should work in iTunes, no? There are videos as well, so I don't know how you'd get that in a "physical" book

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I would so love to have this. So, if you don't have an iPad you're out of luck. Such bullshit and so wrong.

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Hey... there's so many books out there...and people are commenting how this should be a book. Neal's already put out several books. They're great.

It takes a lot to put together something like this, and then it sells for almost nothing! $9.99? There's only one other thing like it out there.. that's the LIVE DREAMS iPhone/iPad APP from Laurance Ratner, based on the very expensive 1993 coffee-table book. It's pretty cool, with a lot of interactive stuff, and it's like $4..

The iBook technology has recently been enhanced to allow some interactive features, like those normally found on Apps. So that probably convinced them to do an iBook instead of an APP.. (iBooks generally sell for more--I don't know why.)

Neal is one of the good guys, and he's the one who had the best access.. fortunately, his skills were up to the task that his access level deserved.

this comes out tomorrow.. so just get it. and for the low cost.. you should have the LIVE DREAMS APP too...

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I can't find another thread for this so here goes:

Neal Preston has released an ebook containing loads of pix and interactive material from his time with Zep. It's called Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury. More details here. Suffice to say, it looks fab, shiny and lovely.

However, as part of the publishing deal, it is only available through iTunes. Fair enough, one might surmise. That's business, kids.

But here's the kicker: "This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes." It is only for viewing on an iPad, not even a Mac (which I have).

I'd whine and gripe about this if I thought I could do any good. Not even considering non-Apple product users, it's a bit shite, to use the technical term.

iPad? Arsepad! :P

PS - has anyone read it?

Edited by Triplet Kick

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