Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s - loved, imitated and sometimes parodied.
Now Led Zeppelin's classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band's fourth album.
Forty-three years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many music fans' hearts. Guitarist Jimmy Page gives a personal account of how a rock anthem came together.
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Brand reinvention sounds like a lofty, even noble concept. But adapting your brand to changing market conditions and customer behaviors is hard. Just ask Blockbuster (dead in the water) or The New York Times (fighting for its future). If you are a company faced with the daunting challenge of brand reinvention, a 66-year-old rock-and-roll singer has a few lessons for you. Robert Plant, once the living symbol of youthful hedonism during his days with Led Zeppelin, has successfully reinvented himself. As his body and voice have aged, his audience has changed, and the music industry has been upended, he is now receiving the best reviews of his career and selling strong as a solo artist. Here is his formula for success:
For the entire article, go to http://blog.beyondcurious.com/What-we-do/bid/355581/Robert-Plant-s-Rules-for-Brand-Reinvention
Thanks to David Deal!
Andrew Unterberger at SPIN.com has penned an article ranking every Led Zeppelin article from "worst to first".
Honestly, I'm speechless at the list. It's a pretty shocking list to read. Even the first sentence in the introduction shocks me to no end. "It's surprisingly easy to forget about Led Zeppelin in 2014."
Reaction to this article in various Led Zeppelin forums and Facebook ranges from perplexed to negative. It is important to remember that it is one person's opinion.
Read the entire article with the rankings (Stairway is not number one!) at http://www.spin.com/articles/led-zeppelin-every-song-ranked/.
Robert Plant will soon embark on a short tour in support of the recently released album lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar. The former Led Zeppelin front man is set to perform with his Sensational Space Shifters in Port Chester, NY on Thursday followed by shows in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. Plant won't have Friday off though as he'll make a rare U.S. television appearance.
Robert Plant will be the musical guest on Friday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Playbill.com reports that Plant will sit for an interview in addition to his musical performance. The singer last visited a Fallon-hosted show in September of 2010.
We are pleased to announce that Scarlet Page's book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of Jimmy Page, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com.
This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.
Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet's personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.
Guitarists included within RESONATORS are: Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White.
Each book is individually signed and numbered by Scarlet Page, hand-bound in quarter leather and printed on 200gsm acid free matt art paper with silver gilt edges. The book has been printed and bound by one of the world's leading makers of fine limited edition books. In over 8,000 words of brand new text, Scarlet tells us the stories behind the pictures.
The Deluxe Edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide and is presented within a beautiful and stylish RESONATORS presentation box and accompanied with a signed RESONATORS collage print. In addition the Deluxe Edition also comes with a hand crafted portfolio box containing 34 beautifully printed 8" x 10" images, one for each of the guitarists featured in RESONATORS.
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Continuing on from Scarlet's successful RESONATORS exhibition and charity auction, 10% of the profit from the sale of this book will go to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust. We are also offering the first 300 subscribers to the book the opportunity to have their names printed within the back pages of the book.
Red Giant Publishing offer you our 'sequential sales promise', so the early you pre-order the lower numbered edition you will receive. Other publishers cannot promise you this, as they use a variety of galleries and sales channels, we guarantee you the lowest numbered edition available at the point of ordering.
Exclusive footage from the Teenage Cancer Trust exhibition featuring an interview with Scarlet Page as well as footage of Jimmy Page and John Squire.
He is known as the "Golden God." And he's not showing signs of stopping, releasing his tenth solo album.
Robert Plant has defined how to look, act and sound like a rock star in a musical journey that spans more than four decades.
His raw, raspy voice is instantly recognizable and launched Led Zeppelin into superstardom in the 1970s.
Together for little over a decade, the British band sold more than 300 million records, with each of their nine studio albums landing on billboard's top 10 charts.
It is hard to overstate the influence that Led Zeppelin had on rock and roll.
Whenever there was an attempt to pigeonhole them as this big bludgeoning hard rock band, the next record would be more acoustic based.
Plant penned some of the group's most enduring anthems. One of them, "Stairway to Heaven," provided a blueprint for all hard rock bands to come.
But when drummer John Bonham died in 1980 -- so did the band.
"He and I played together since we were like 16. There was a big, big hole in all of our lives. I just thought it was time to move along," he said Monday on CBS This Morning.
Plant didn't stop, though. From there he continued to explore new genres through a successful solo career.
Unlike many of his Zeppelin albums, he said his 2007 album with Alison Krauss was a hit among critics and fans alike.
"In Zeppelin we were the pariah of music, critically we were slammed a lot," Plant said, "I team up with Alison Krauss, and what do I get? Six Grammys in one night!"
Now, on his tenth solo album, "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar," Plant weaves world music with blues, bluegrass, and a lifetime of adventure.
From: CBS News
Read the entire article at http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/10/robert-plant-led-zeppelin-classic-interview
Once you get past the name, it is a decent cover and a decent voice. This version definitely has the whole light and shade thing going on.
What could Jimmy Page and Justin Timberlake possibly have in common?
Her name is Helene Freeman, an entertainment lawyer who litigated a series of victories for Timberlake’s former boy band, NSYNC, and is now defending Page and fellow members of Led Zeppelin in a dispute over Stairway to Heaven‘s authorship. As we’ve reported, Led Zeppelin faces a copyright infringement suit that alleges parts of the 1971 hit were filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit.
By hiring Freeman, a partner at New York law firm Phillips Nizer, Led Zeppelin has gone for an industry specialist who has also done work for singer Diana Ross and corporate clients that include record distributors and advertising agencies. In NSYNC cases from the late 1990s and 2000s, Freeman secured the band’s ability to leave its old record label and won dismissal of a copyright suit over pictures on concert merchandise, according to her firm bio. She declined to comment for this story.
In the Zeppelin case, the crux of the claim is that, to many ears, the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven sound a lot like Taurus, an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band’s debut album in 1968. At the end of that year and through 1969, Spirit and Led Zeppelin shared the bill at several concerts. Randy California’s trust filed the complaint on May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, citing as a cause for action the “Falsification of Rock N’ Roll History.”
Lawyers for Led Zeppelin and its record company, Warner Music, have until Sept. 22 to respond to the suit. (Led Zeppelin is also represented in the Philadelphia court by local counsel Michael Eidel of the firm Fox Rothschild.) A spokesman for the band and Warner Music has repeatedly declined to comment on the dispute. Page, speaking to France’s Liberation newspaper in May, called the infringement claim “ridiculous.”
The lawsuit comes just as Led Zeppelin prepares to cash in anew on the epic hit. On Oct. 28, it plans to re-issue the untitled album that contains Stairway to Heaven, known as Led Zeppelin IV. According to a Warner Music news release, the deluxe edition will contain a “fabled, alternate version” of Stairway that “lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.”
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Measuring 1.5 by 1.5 metres each, the 9-piece line has been inspired from the artwork on the covers of the legendary nine albums, which have been reissued in chronological order after being re-mastered by the group’s producer and lead guitarist Jimmy Page.
Made from luxurious fabrics, the monochromatic themed Led Zeppelin cover image has been replicated using a photographic weaving technique while the bright eight coloured impression of Led Zeppelin II cover has been achieved through the usage of four different yarns.
The psychedelic effect of Led Zeppelin III album cover has been reproduced by combining boucle and merino wool fibres and Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of Holy have been recreated with woven jacquard.
Each of the exclusive scarf designs will include limited 50 pieces only and will be available for sale at London’s Paul Smith store and online at PaulSmith.co.uk from October 23rd, 2014 onwards.
Before his latest music collaboration, the designer had earlier teamed up with the 1980s rock legend synonymous for his quirky fashion choices David Bowie to celebrate his latest album The Next Day. The designed had created a printed T-shirt featuring the album’s artwork.
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, the 68-year-old designer Sir Paul Smith is internationally famous for his menswear designs.
Formed in 1968, the Led Zeppelin band members include the guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones. (PB)
NPR.com has Robert Plant's tenth studio album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar streaming, in its entirely, at http://www.npr.org/2014/09/01/343144827/first-listen-robert-plant-lullaby-and-the-ceaseless-roar.
Robert Plant's 2014 album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy, which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant's 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track "Rainbow" was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."
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