When I was 11 or 12 years old, Led Zeppelin seemed as frightening and unnerving to me as the film "The Exorcist." Robert Plant strutting around with that long hair descending onto his bare naked chest...Jimmy Page playing a guitar with a violin bow. They were so oohy sweaty, emiting groans & growls and (gasp!) you couldn't even see their eyes.....
Their sounds were robust and deliberate which I didn't understand...at the time I was a fan of less "evolved" music, as I would describe it, and this Led Zeppelin band was just too huge for my delicate ears. 

As with sweet potatoes and olives ..... I later developed a "taste" for Led Zeppelin. When I was in my 30's, I began to study the brilliant drumming technique of Jon Bonham and then I realized there was more than testosterone going on with these dudes....they had depth in their lyrics, instrumentation and stage presence. And today I consider Led Zeppelin to be the best heavy metal band to ever be.

Thanks to a book by author Dave Thompson, I'm now much more informed of the influences that inspired the great musicians of Led Zeppelin.  If You Like Led Zeppelin breaks down each path and influence that took Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jon Bonham & Robert Plant straight to the history books.....Dave's book contains great commentary from important characters throughout the Led Zeppelin years and it's fascinating information. Please don't miss Dave on my radio show Thursday, March 7th at 2:00 pm CST -- or listen to the archived show anytime. Same link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/recipe-records-cookbook/2013/03/07/if-you-like-led-zeppelin

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