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Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World by Denny Somach was released on November 6, 2012 by Sterling. Somach produces and writes for Carol Miller's widely syndicated radio program of the same name.

You can divide up the 256-page book into three main sections: A Chronology, Interviews & a Discography.

The Chronology lists Led Zeppelin-related events in almost a day-to-day frequency in the years of 1968 to 1980. Some of the events are common knowledge, such as on April 1, 1971, Led Zeppelin performed the Paris Theatre concert, recorded by BBC Radio for John Peel’s In Concert Program. Others are less known, such as on August 26, 1970 The time of Led Zeppelin’s concert at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, was shifted from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This was because John Paul Jones’s father, Joe Baldwin, had just died. Ticket refunds were offered to those who were inconvenienced by the change of time. A local newspaper reported that Jones had left the concert early and that an unidentified girl wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the concert promoter, Belkin Productions, filled in on bass for an encore. Putting all of the events in chronological order really allows for a sense of how busy and heavy & how great of a ride Zeppelin really was.

There are twenty-seven interviews included, which were conducted by Somach over the years. Somach interviewed musicians, such as Jason Bonham, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper, insiders, such as Richard Cole, Eddie Kramer and Cameron Crowe. Those that were interviewed were contemporaries of Led Zeppelin, people were actually there at the time, giving first-hand accounts of what went on and what did not happen. Some truths were made mention of that had squashed some of the oldest tales in Zeppelin lore.

The Discography expands on existing versions that contained factual information, such as track listings and studio personnel names by giving the back story and listing of pertinent events related to each album, starting with Led Zeppelin up through the 2007 reunion concert, which hadn’t been released at the time of this book’s publication.

This is quite a charming book. There’s no fictional fluff or drama located within. Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World is all about the truthful info that Led Zeppelin fanatics want to know.

Jeff Strawman
November 23, 2012

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Led Zeppelin History

August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position
August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band
August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas
August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show
August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis
August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex
August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album
August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios
August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night
August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes
August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident
August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters
August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same
August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children
August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday
August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands
August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine
August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.
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