Led Zeppelin: Song by Song

Author(s): John Van der Kiste 

ISBN: 9781781557266
Copies: 586
An exhaustive study of the songs from all Led Zeppelin’s albums from 1969 to 1982, live sets and session material.
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  • A comprehensive study of Led Zeppelin’s music, track by track, album by album

  • One of Britain’s most successful groups from the 1970s and still highly respected today 

  • A group who had a new lease of life following their one-odd return for a concert in 2007 

  • Part of the exciting and expanding Song by Song series 

From their formation in 1968 until their disbanding after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin were the most influential group in popular music since The Beatles.

While seen as pioneers of British heavy rock, their sound also embraced blues, psychedelia and folk music. Earlier in his career, Jimmy Page had been a highly sought-after session guitarist, while John Paul Jones was a versatile multi-instrumentalist and experienced arranger, and Robert Plant was one of the most individual vocalists of the era.

A deal with Atlantic Records allowed them total musical control, and a deliberate policy of not allowing any tracks to be released as singles in Britain helped to ensure maximum demand for their albums and huge ticket sales every time they toured. Initially unpopular with critics, they were much loved by fans on both sides of the Atlantic and indeed throughout much of the world.

Led Zeppelin: Song by Song provides a thorough examination of each track on all the group’s studio albums, additional songs on official live releases and compilations of BBC sessions material.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557266
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 20 December 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 41 colour photographs



John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family. He lives in Devon.