jsj Posted August 22, 2015 Share Posted August 22, 2015 Have any of you read this one? I picked it up on eBay for £2.49 this week as I'd never seen or heard of it before. It's worth a read if you like a laugh. It's an entirely subjective book of her thoughts and opinions, to which she is entirely allowed to own obviously, but some of them are a little odd but before I get to them I want to mention some of the many factual mistakes she includes. The prime howler being; At their last performance ever 7/7/80 "Bonham was unable to complete his set and the performance was concluded with Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke" where to start with this one? I guess she's mixing up three different gigs; Kirke appearing as a guest and Bonzo collapsing, though both these events occurred on different nights and neither at the final one. How did she arrive at this? They earned over one million dollars for their gigs at Madison square garden in 76. Bron yr Aur being in South Wales. Tight but loose and the Concert Files were written by Dave Linwood, which as she lists in her bibliography you'd think she might want to check. When Page & Plant played Reading Festival in 98 she says the audience were mesmerised by Page playing the Coverdale/ Page song Don't leave me this way. hmmmm, I don't remember that, I mean I was a little tipsy admittedly but There are many others too As a book it flits from subject to subject paragraph to paragraph, including some half baked astrology and numerology and how as an only child she can compare herself to Sir Page as she refers to him throughout. Some of her opinions are a little puzzling as well. Custard pie is "detestable, no matter what it's genre" Sick Again is "a terrible sounding miscellaneous" and In My Time Of Dying where "the annoying vocals of Plant ruin the song" and that she can't believe in the song because he doesn't make an effort, Bring it on Home brings the second album to "a boring close". I think she believes that Sir Page wrote the lyrics up until Stairway too. Fair enough regarding the songs, we all have our own views, but I don't recall anyone ever suggesting Planty didn't try at IMTOD, it just seems an odd opinion to select The only two direct Zeppelin books listed in the bibliography are Richie Yorke's from 74 and the Concert File 97 and Rolling Stone mags. Perhaps that explains a lot, I have the Richie Yorke's but that's straight from the old school journalism long before hammer of the gods and then after the proper biographies. I couldn't put it down once I'd started and read it in two sessions. My wife was laughing as she'd hear me sighing, tutting and tittering at it's contents. A very enjoyable read, but then sometimes I find awfulness to be as absorbing and entertaining as something really good, which this certainly isn't, but if you can find it as cheap as mine give it a go Johnny Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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