RjK Posted December 31, 2007 Share Posted December 31, 2007 *Sigh*, here we go again. I'm one of the few long-time, and I'd like to think knowledgeable, Zep fans on the board who will defend this book. I've read it many times, and always enjoyed it a lot. I think it's a great mix of sensational crazy stories, and a focus on the music. It delves a lot into the recording sessions and the live shows, and really gives a great idea of the power and mystique that Zeppelin wielded. As far as the stories in there, I personally never thought any less of the boys for them, I only ever thought it sounded like a lot of fun, and nothing worse than anything that anyone would do in their situation. I never felt they had anything to be ashamed of from that book. I think the book really went a long way to helping keep their legend alive in the 80's and 90's, and really drew in kids like me, who first read the book at 17 and it only made them more fascinating to me. Is some of possibly untrue or blown out of proportion? Perhaps. But I'd venture to say more of it is true than many want to admit. I mean, if you're writing a book about a band, and you get a good portion of your info from that band's road manager, I'd say you're not just relying on some fringe person's memories, you're getting the goods from someone who was right there. Good enough for me. Aside from a true autobiography by a member of the band, it's probably as good as it gets. Yes, there are more serious books that focus more on the music, and I'm reading Keith Shadwick's book now. It's good so far, but it reads like a history book, a lot of facts, not a lot of fun. To me, Hammer Of The Gods is a great mix of music, stories, and it conveys the power, mystery, and mystique of Led Zeppelin that captivated so many young fans. I agree I read the book as soon as it came out and while it may not be 100% factual I think its more truth than fiction otherwise the band would of taken legal action over it. I found it to be an amusing read about a rock band that had a lot of fun back in the day before drugs and personal bs started driving them nutz. I can completely understand why the band does not like the book cause its not too flattering at times and they did get away with alot of things that would send CNN into OJ mode these dayz and they all have families that can read so ........ if it was your story ......... Richard Cole was responsible for much of the mayhem as he admits and as well as the main source of the book and admittedly a heroin addict at the time so you know he did it for the $$$ I think the book did the band alot of good and in some small way started the healing process for the band, they had to come to grips with their history instead of hiding from it. RjK Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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