Hammer of the Gods

Hammer of the Gods

The Led Zeppelin Saga

Book - 2008
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"The members of Led Zeppelin are major deities in the pantheon of rock gods. The first and heaviest of the heavy metal monsters, they violently shook the foundations of rock music and took no prisoners on the road. Their tours were legendary, their lives were exalted--and in an era well known for sex and drugs, the mighty Zeppelin set an unattainable standard of excess and mythos for any band that tried to follow them. They were power, they were fantasy, they were black magic. No band ever flew as high as Led Zeppelin or suffered so disastrous a fall. And only some of them lived to tell the tale. Hammer of the Gods is the New York Times bestselling epic saga of the hard reign of Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham--a spellbinding, electrifying, no-holds-barred classic of rock 'n' roll history that has now been updated to include the continuing adventures of the band"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, It Books :, Harper Entertainment,, [2008]
Edition: First HarperEntertainment paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061473081
Branch Call Number: 782.4216609 DA
Characteristics: 395 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Aug 29, 2015

"We are your overlords."
It may not be the first, but Stephen Davis's "Hammer of the Gods" was the most famous example of a book that focused as much (if not more) on the decadent behavior of a band as their music. He treats sex, drugs and rock and roll as if it were the holy trinity. If you're a fan (and I can't imagine anyone but a fan picking this up), you'll enjoy the story of their formation and the making of their albums, but sometimes the music seems like an afterhought in this endless and tedious "saga" of groupies (some underage), drugs, private jets, drinking, the occult, sex, and men behaving very badly. Did I mention the sex? The infamous "shark" incident has its origin in this book, although apparently it was a red snapper. Davis writes with the breathless hysteria of an asthmatic teenage fan and outside of Zeppelin offers up highly questionable assessments of other bands, calling Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick "clones" of Zep. Plant said that the book did a great deal for the band "in terms of aura," but some of the accuracy has been disputed, as many of the most outrageous events are told by a former roadie, whose veracity is suspect. I won't say this wasn't entertaining in a cheap, dirty way, but it does little to explain or contexualize their still powerful and influential music. You can also imagine 1000 future hair metal bands reading this and using it as a lifestyle guide.


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