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This is a great thread. Thanks for posting Knebby.

Would love to know a bit more about Benji LeFevre if anybody has any info?

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OK Knebs, finally I scanned it, sorry it took so long!

This is the other pic of RP at Richard Cole's wedding 1978.

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Want to pop in properly and say what an amazing thread, Knebby - really interesting. Thanks.

Always noticed that Bonzo wasn't present at Richard Cole's wedding - any reason for that?

It'd be interesting to know whether any of them still keep in touch with the entourage.

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Want to pop in properly and say what an amazing thread, Knebby - really interesting. Thanks.

Always noticed that Bonzo wasn't present at Richard Cole's wedding - any reason for that?

It'd be interesting to know whether any of them still keep in touch with the entourage.

I was going to ask the same question about Bonzo!

Thanks for scanning the photo Lynn :)

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I was going to ask the same question about Bonzo!

Thanks for scanning the photo Lynn :)

Your Welcome!!

:):)

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Denis Sheehan was Robert's personal assistant on the 1977 US tour. The jovial Irishman had previously been a roadie for Maggie Bell, who was signed to Swan Song ( Jimmy made a guest appearance on her 1975 album "Suicide Sal"). This was the first tour where all the band had their own personal assistants - Rex King was Bonzo's, Dave Northover Jonesy's , and Rick Hobbs Jimmy's.

Dennis joined the U2 entourage in 1982 and is still their tour manager to this day. Last year Bono brought him onstage in Las Vegas to toast him on his 59th birthday.

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(photo by Ruth Barohn/U2log.com)

For real anoraks, Sheehan makes a small appearance in the movie "The Thing About My Folks" with Peter Faulk. He plays a tackle shop owner.

I bet he's got some stories to tell, Zeppelin & U2!

Great Bron-Y-Aur pics, Alice75 :D

Awesome thread Knebby!! I'm really enjoying it!

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Plumpton Place Caretaker (1974)

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I could be mistaken, but as I recall this man's name is Pat and he was Jimmy's caretaker

at Plumpton Place.

Malcolm Dent was Jimmy's caretaker at Boleskine House:

A rock legend and black arts figured in Malcolm's life

by Calum Macleod

Published: 03 November, 2006

OVER 30 years in the Highlands have done little to erode Malcolm Dent's mellow Surrey tones, but for the past six years he has been putting that voice to good use in providing a service for the sight-impaired in the area and beyond.

Black Isle resident Malcolm is one of the volunteers who produces talking newspapers for the Highlands and Islands Tape Service for the Blind and Disabled (HITS).

It is 25 years since the first edition of the north's talking newspaper was sent out to 35 blind people throughout the area.

Today the service caters for up to 500 listeners, some from well outside the Highlands, and is always in need of fresh volunteers like Malcolm to cater for demand.

"I was unemployed for a short period some years ago and I heard they were looking for volunteers. I walked through the door and I was snapped up immediately,” Malcolm recalled.

The Inverness Courier is just one of the local newspapers recorded, along with the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Monthly Record, the magazine of the Free Church of Scotland, and some church services, with tapes sent throughout the UK and beyond - Malcolm recalls one listener as far away as New Zealand.

"People like the sound of my voice, I know that, but as a volunteer you do more than just read. There's high speed copying of tapes. You've got to check the ones that go out have something on each side and check the ones that are returned,” Malcolm said.

It is one way the 62 year old has of contributing to the region where he has lived since 1971.

"I sometimes find it amusing my mother gave me a Scottish name. There's no Scottish blood at all in the family,” he said. "It always seemed strange that I should land up in the Highlands."

Yet Malcolm had only made one visit to Scotland, hitch-hiking to Edinburgh as a teenager, before he was brought to Loch Ness by his boyhood friend Jimmy Page, guitarist with Led Zeppelin, to live at what is probably the most notorious house in the Highlands, Boleskine House near Foyers.

"Jimmy Page caught me at a time in my life when I wasn't doing a great deal and asked me to come up and run the place. I never did establish why he fixed on me,” Malcolm said.

At the time, there were plans to run electricity pylons from the new power station at Foyers through Boleskine's grounds. Page asked Malcolm to fight these plans and supervise the restoration of the house.

"Initially I thought I'd be coming for a year or so, but then it got its hooks in me. I met my then wife at Boleskine House. My children were raised there - my son Malcolm was born in Boleskine House,” Malcolm said.

However, when Malcolm first arrived at Boleskine, the 18th century lodge seemed far from hospitable.

"It was a wreck,” he said. "It had been more or less abandoned. There'd been at least one fire there, parts of the building were missing and it had been badly patched up. The grounds, which at one time had been very nicely laid out were gone to hell so the main task I took on was getting them into some sort of shape. That was something I really enjoyed."

Life at Boleskine contrasted greatly with his previous career in advertising. He learned to raise animals, including goats and pigs, and developed new skills including furniture design.

"All the main rooms look out across the loch and you're 300 feet up so you have some dramatic views. We loved living there,” Malcolm said. "It was a great house to raise children in and they loved it there, in spite of its history and in spite of the peculiar happenings that went on there."

Malcolm had no idea of Boleskine's history when he arrived at Loch Ness and knew nothing of occultist Aleister Crowley, the house's most infamous former resident.

Crowley became a counter-culture hero in the 1960s for his rejection of conventional religion and liberal attitude to sex and drugs, but even during his time at Boleskine, his reputation led local people to avoid the house after dark.

"I knew Jimmy had some weird interests, but that was about it,” Malcolm revealed.

According to legend, Crowley bought Boleskine in 1899 to carry out a magic ceremony, but never completed it, and the demonic entities released in the rite remained in the house.

"I arrived a total sceptic, to a degree I still am, but there are things at the house you can't explain,” Malcolm said.

"I'm aware that, compared with where I'm from in Surrey, there's more superstition in this part of the world. It all became a bit more real when I came here, but it never put me off."

One of the most famous stories is that the head of Simon Lord Lovat, beheaded for treason following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, can be heard rolling around the floor at Boleskine - even though the house dates only from the 1760s.

"At the time of his death, he was supposedly casting his mind back to the heart of the Highlands. Just above us is Errogie, which is the geographical centre of the Highlands, and the nearest consecrated ground is Boleskine,” Malcolm explained.

Another ghostly tale is more closely related to Crowley and involves seven chairs brought to Boleskine from the Cafe Royal in London.

"Everyone loves that story,” Malcolm laughed. "Jimmy got those chairs specifically because one of them had Aleister Crowley's name on it. Each of the chairs belonged to a famous person and had a nameplate on the back and front - Marie Lloyd, Billy Butlin, James Agate, Ruldolph Valentino, William Orpen and Jacob Epstein."

Crowley's chair was always placed at the head of the table, but after the chairs were repaired, Malcolm would come into the room and find they had switched places with Marie Lloyd's chair at the head of the table.

"The kids couldn't have done it and we didn't know why this was happening. Then I realised the guy who did the repairs didn't know which plaque went with which chair and hadn't put them back on the right ones,” Malcolm said.

Construction work and redecorating also seemed to have their effect on the house.

"Doors would be slamming all night, you'd go into a room and carpets and rugs would be piled up,” Malcolm added.

Another regular occurrence was that the back door, inside doors and kitchen doors would suddenly spring open as if someone was running through them, even on calm days.

"We just used to say that was Aleister doing his thing,” Malcolm said.

If the happenings were strange, so too were some of the visitors.

"I had them from every corner of the world,” he recalled. "A lot of them were nutters. A lot of them were downright dangerous lunatics. They will still be turning up today. The house is on the map as an occult centre and you're not going to get rid of Crowley's legacy that easily."

Page, who spent no more than six weeks at Boleskine in the 20 years he owned it, eventually sold the house in the early 1990s. Coinciding with the break up of Malcolm's marriage, it began a new chapter in his life.

"I always say I have had my life back to front - I had my retirement at Boleskine,” Malcolm commented. "No matter how hard I worked, it never seemed like a job at all."

Most recently a salesman for double glazing company C. R. Smith, Malcolm acknowledges life is a little tamer now, but no less enjoyable and if he has no longer the scenic views over Loch Ness to enjoy, he can sometimes be treated to displays by the Moray Firth dolphins right outside his window at Kilmuir.

"You've got to enjoy life." Malcolm said. "There's a saying: life's not a rehearsal. I subscribe to that."

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Then, Clive Coulson also knew the moment when Scarlet Page was conceived at Bron-Yr-Aur,didn't he?

I personally think Bron-Yr-Aur session was one of the most romantic moments of Jimmy's life. :wub:

But why cannot we see any beautiful pictures from the time? ;)

...You are very right...Clive did indeed witnessed some beautiful moments of Led Zeppelin History... I wish there were more photos of beloved Roadies, they are definitely a world of their own...

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Later Mods lineup; Neil Reynolds, Wayne Reynolds, Kevin McNeil, Clive Coulson, John Bisset

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...You are very right...Clive did indeed witnessed some beautiful moments of Led Zeppelin History... I wish there were more photos of beloved Roadies, they are definitely a world of their own...

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Later Mods lineup; Neil Reynolds, Wayne Reynolds, Kevin McNeil, Clive Coulson, John Bisset

I'm sure Clive was a nice and handsome guy too.

Thanks for sharing your excellent pictures. :)

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Plumpton Place Caretaker (1974)

I could be mistaken, but as I recall this man's name is Pat and he was Jimmy's caretaker

at Plumpton Place.

Malcolm Dent was Jimmy's caretaker at Boleskine House:

A rock legend and black arts figured in Malcolm's life

by Calum Macleod

Published: 03 November, 2006

....Steve thank you for the beautiful photos and equally beautiful story. I also recall Jimmy traveling with his personal Butler at one time........any info/Photos?.....

...........

The Look

"Exclusive peak inside Peter Grant's 70s domain"

http://rockpopfashion.com/blog/?p=62

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The job took nearly two years, at a time when the 6ft 5in Grant (who died in 1995) was travelling the world with the biggest-selling rock group of all time.”I told him I’d only do it if he didn’t come near,” Reeves says in THE LOOK. “I involved friends from the Royal College and we did everything from cutlery to textiles.

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December 15th 1981, Golden Lion, Fulham at the presentation of the Roadies Charity for Children Raffle Prize night - attended by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Peter Grant. Peter was in great form and looked this happy all evening. I believe he was sitting on top of a bin at the time I took the pic, having found no seat to spare - he just said "Oh well - in the bleedin' bin then!" and plonked himself down. :)

Here's my ticket

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Jolly good post, did you have any luck in the raffle? I saw a picture where the band were handing

out albums, sure that was the The Golden Lion.

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Yeah it was - though they weren't handing them out, they were looking through them, - I didn't win anything but it didn't matter :) Can't be greedy!

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What a great thread - thanks for sharing all of this, Knebby and everyone else! :thanku:

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BUMP

Danny Goldberg, Publicist/Swan Song President

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Photo: posted by Miss Pamela from RO

Goldberg was hired by Led Zeppelin through the prestigious PR firm of Solters, Roskin and Sabinson. Goldberg was in charge of the firm's rock n roll division. He began working for the band in 1973, a few months after the release of LZ's 5th album, Houses of the Holy. The band were due to start a US tour in May of 1973 and wanted better press. Goldberg was in his early 20's and very much in touch with the current US music scene and business. He was young and experienced, had hair longer than the band's members, was a vegetarian, he did not smoke or drink alcohol. He was quickly accepted by the band members. Interesting side note, Goldberg had once written for Rolling Stone magazine and he was able to use that experience to suggest ways that LZ could navigate around the magazine in order to get better press from them. He developed an effective strategy for interviews and press releases for the upcoming US tour after the HOTH release.

In 1974 Swan Song was launched and Goldberg was hired away from Solters, Roskin and Sabinson to run the new label from offices on Madison Ave, NYC. He continued in that position until 1976, at that time Peter Grant removed him from the US arm of the label, closed the UK operation and moved the label to Montreux, Switzerland.

Goldberg recently wrote a book, "Bumping into Geniuses - My Life Inside the Rock n Roll Business"

This was all the info I could find, if anyone else can add to this, please do!

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Thanks for posting that Lynn!

You're Welcome!

Now if we can just get Knebby up in that loft of hers to dig out some more pics.....

:)

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Now if we can just get Knebby up in that loft of hers to dig out some more pics.....

:yesnod:

edited to add : this was in agreeance with lynns quote.

Edited by slave to zep

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Rodney B's L.A. Parties, Zep Meets Elvis through Rodney in 1969 in Vegas Opening Nite

Rodney's long-time association with Yardbirds/Led Zep.... Guitar World July 1986

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(The Elvis'69 Connection here...)

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Rodney Bingenheimer still looks back fondly to the time he and Screaming Lord Sutch went to Las Vegas to meet Elvis Presley. "Elvis introduced me to Frank Sinatra," Bingenheimer recalls. "We were at this party upstairs at the International Hotel. Frank Sinatra comes walking in and Elvis says, 'Have you met Rodney?'"

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Rodney at Press Conference, August 1, 1969 after Elvis Opening Night July 31, 1969 (attended by Zep, as per Rodney, see article I scanned earlier up top)

http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/interview_...onference.shtml

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