Hammer of the Gods

Hammer of the Gods

Book - 1997
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They were legends based on myths--myths of fantasy, power, and black magic. The tales of their tours were the most outrageous in the already excess-laden annals of modern music. The era of Led Zeppelin personified sex, drugs, and rock & roll.

Based on interviews with the band's musicians, friends, employees, and lovers, Hammer of the Gods tells the shocking story of Led Zeppelin's successes and excesses in the 70s--when Zeppelin reigned as the industry's biggest act.

Exclusive sources. Documents. Interviews. Photos. Revelations about a band--and an industry--at its shameless peak. Read it all, and see why Hammer of the Gods is a classic of rock journalism in its own right.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Boulevard Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780425182130
0425182134
9781572973060
1572973064
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 L472d 1997
Characteristics: 391 p. : ill. ; 18 cm

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The story of Led Zeppelin is legendery. Excess is rebellion for four Englishmen who found fame beyond belief.


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lukasevansherman
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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