I've read more Zep books than I can remember. The main contributor to Hammer of the Gods was Zep's ex-tour manager Richard Cole. He'd been fired in 1977 and had an axe to grind.
Hands down the most factual and detailed Zep book...
Here's some stuff I've recorded over the past dozen years or so. All instrumental and all guitar driven. Looking forward to comments and whether or not you dig it.
Stipulate to Modulate
(might have to rewind to the beginning of this.)
Born in 1960 and lived off a steady diet of the holy trinity of early 70s hard rock - Zeppelin/Purple/Sabbath. Zeppelin has held up 100%. Sabbath and Purple, not so much. Still love them but a lot of their stuff I don't listen to at all anymore.
IMO this is quite simply the greatest classical composition for guitar. I got to see it performed by Angel Romero
with the San Diego symphony about 10 years back. Goosebumps man.
I'd also recommend Stravinsky's Firebird Suite for rock fans. Yes use to use this as background music prior to...
01. Angie - Rolling Stones
02. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
03. Caroline - Status Quo
04. The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
05. Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
06. Radar Love - Golden Earring
07. The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
08. We're An American Band - Grand...
Slide it In - Whitesnake
Sometimes you seem just like a stranger to me,
But, all the games you play make it so easy to see.
You're looking for love, tho' you try to deny,
The things you put me through
Tell me what I've got to do to you.
I'm gonna slide it in, right to the top,
Slide it in, I...
Favorite prog rock band by far. Close to the Edge being their magnus opus in every way IMO. Who write lyrics like this anymore?
A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace
And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace
And achieve it all with music that came quickly...