Robert Plant

Robert Plant

A Life

Book - 2013
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Robert Plant is a living legend. The front man of Led Zeppelin, one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time, Plant defined the very notion of what it means to be a rock god. The sheer scale of Led Zeppelin's success is extraordinary. In the United States alone they have sold seventy million records, a figure surpassed only by the Beatles, while "Stairway to Heaven," the band's most famous song, has been played more times on American radio than any other track and is frequently referred to as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs ever. But Robert Plant's legacy stretches far beyond Led Zeppelin. This biography is the story of the forces that shaped Plant: from his boyhood in England's Black Country to the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years; from his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham to the solo career that today, at the age of sixty-two, has him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career. The author, former editor of Q and Kerrang!, who has in the past interviewed Plant at length, paints a rich, complicated portrait of a man who was only nineteen when he changed the face of rock 'n' roll. This is the definitive story of a musical icon. -- From book jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062281388
Characteristics: viii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 08, 2014

I've read that a man needs four things in life: health, money, sex and free time. I gather that being in Zeppelin made the last of the four impossible. For him it was like being in prison. This book is about his quest for 'free time' and how he filled it. Easy reading for the most part, at times though it could make the eyes gloss over due to the flowery language and some writers use of ethereal bumph.

Nov 17, 2014

With Robert Plant being one of my all-time favorite rock-n-roll singers of the 1970s, I was feeling mighty hopeful that through this bio-book I would come to respect this dude even more than ever.

But, alas, following Led Zeppelin's official break-up in 1980, Plant promptly embarked on a "hit-n-miss" solo career. And, upon doing so, his true colors soon began to surface.

It would be an understatement, indeed, to say that I was not at all pleased to read that as a solo artist Plant was very much a tyrant with other musicians, especially during studio recording sessions.

Time and again Plant would arrogantly berate and humiliate his fellow musicians to the point where some of these dudes flatly refused to work with him ever again.

I also learned about how resentful Plant was towards guitarist, Jimmy Page. Plant clearly held some real deep-rooted animosity against Page. And he absolutely detested having to perform Led Zeppelin songs for the crowds.

As well, Plant liked to wallow in self-pity over the fact that as a solo artist his music wasn't being as widely appreciated by the public as he believed that it should be. (In other words, record sales were low.)

On a positive note - Of all the shampoos out there on the market, it's "Flex" and only "Flex" for Robert Plant when he wants to wash all his girl-troubles out of his thinning hair.

Please understand - I don't hate Robert Plant, but, all-in-all, this was a very-very disappointing bio-book. I had certainly expected to be a helluva lot more intrigued and enlightened by the likes of Plant, but, no such luck this time around.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The legendary rock icon offers a rare glimpse into his life, from his years as the front man for one of the most influential rock bands of all time and his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham, to the solo career today that sees him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter

tailwagger Dec 14, 2013

An interesting, informative tale of artistic endeavor and inspiration, although ultimately somewhat superficial. There is good factual information on how rock works, and its personal politics. Unfortunately there are moral aspects to Robert's life that are left unanswered: why he often stood by as a "voyeur" while road manager Richard Cole and drummer John Bonham acted as thugs beating innocent people up and why he was absent for the death of his first-born son. More than a little creepy, but then again, he's a "Golden God", so who am I to say. At times, some factual errors also make this book's credibility a bit suspect. It's niggling, but on page 317 there is a reference to Plant's album "Band of Joy" having been recorded "the old school way direct to 16-inch tape". Perhaps the author meant 16 track on 2-inch tape. Now that's old school. No such thing as 16-inch audio recording tape.


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