Robert Plant: A Life

By Paul Rees

Robert Plant via Paul Rees is the definitive biography of Led Zeppelin's mythical frontman. As lead singer for one of many greatest and so much influential rock bands of all time—whose track "Stairway to Heaven" has been performed extra occasions on American radio than the other track—Robert Plant outlined what it ability to be a rock god.

Over the process his twenty-year occupation, British song journalist and editor Paul Rees has interviewed such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Bono, and AC/DC. Rees now bargains a whole portrait of Robert Plant for the 1st time, exploring the forces that formed him, the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years—including his dating with Jimmy web page and John Bonham—and his existence as a solo artist today.

Illustrated with greater than dozen photos, Robert Plant: A LIfe is the never-before-told tale of a proficient, complex track icon who replaced the face of rock 'n' roll.

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Woodroffe had recorded and toured with Black Sabbath, and in addition ran a favored tune store in Birmingham. Plant got here by means of the shop one afternoon within the spring of 1982, ostensibly to shop for a Moog synthesizer. “I vividly take into account Robert strolling in that day,” Woodroffe says. “He seemed rather well. He used to be sun-tanned and donning a Hawaiian blouse. up to something, i believe he was once checking me out to ensure I wasn’t a few type of nutcase. “I went out to the farm and Robbie Blunt used to be there with him. Robert had simply obtained him a guitar amp for 1000 quid. Robbie used to be suffering on the time, he hadn’t bought any funds and he used to be residing in a council apartment. “We labored out within the barn. Robert christened it Palomino Studios. His daughter, Carmen, had a Palomino horse within the stables round the corner. Benji and Robert have been very shut, like brothers. It was once a really up, family-oriented vibe. Robert’s son Logan used to return operating into the studio as we have been enjoying. Maureen was once round much, too. ” quickly, the communal temper was once extra more suitable through the presence of John Bonham’s fifteen-year-old son, Jason. Plant had requested him alongside to assist out on drums. “Jason used to reach from college at the again of his friend’s scooter,” says Woodroffe. “A lot of the numbers on that first album have been labored out with him. He used to be a usual, sounded similar to his dad. ” “The complete factor was once like an immense experiment,” says LeFevre. “I had set Robert up in the house studio so he may overdub his vocals with no an individual being there, simply because he's technically hopeless. He talks as though he understands every little thing, yet rather he has little or no clue approximately that facet of items. “During that point, he additionally requested me to control him. He stated, ‘I don’t are looking to be concerned with all that enormous bollocks in London. ’ I informed him to not be so foolish. yet I did love the song. ” the 1st tune they accomplished used to be a spare, syncopated music titled “Fat Lip,” rooted within the blues, yet with a gentle consider to it that instructed the burden of Zeppelin falling from Plant’s shoulders. It appeared like not anything rather a lot as an exhaling of breath. “I wrote that as a tribute to Bonzo,” Plant informed me. “He had long past and that i had the drum computing device, so what higher factor to do than fall in love with computerized rhythm? It used to be to this point clear of that sort of amazing strength that Bonzo used to be. After that, i used to be off. and each time I moved one other step, I received freer. ” Plant persisted to paintings off the grid, either provide, his nominal supervisor, and his checklist label, Atlantic, being left at the hours of darkness approximately his new venture. in the summertime of ’82, he moved base to Monmouth in rural South Wales, there hiring out Rockfield Studios, a residential facility set inside of miles of open nation-state. various musicians got here and went. Andy Silvester lower back on bass, till his self belief failed him and Paul Martinez, a professional consultation guy, stepped in. undesirable Company’s Simon Kirke attempted out on drums, yet didn’t click on. tracks have been recorded with comfortable Powell, who’d drummed with the Jeff Beck team and so much lately in ex-Deep pink guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Rainbow.

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