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Whole Lotta Dirt: New Book Blows The Lid Off Led Zeppelin

Dec. 3 2009, Published 5:14 a.m. ET

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A new tell-all is set to blow the lid off the excess and debauchery that surrounded “the last great band of the sixties" and "the first great band of the seventies” rockers Led Zeppelin, from the bedroom to the graveyard.

Acclaimed English music journalist Mick Wall's When Giants Walked The Earth is an eye-opening 512-pages of brilliant photography, intense research and poignant writing, filled with salacious details quicker than you can say "red snapper."

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Some tidbits covered in this must-have manifesto include: guitarist Jimmy Page's real-life obsession with the occult and how it impacted the band; how the band liberally sampled from others’ material, then had it credited to themselves; the back story on why front man Robert Plant refused to continue with the band after its 2007 London comeback show; how Plant reacted after band members blew off his 5-year-old son's funeral; and the self-destructive, drug-addled lives of Page and the late drummer, John Bonham.

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When Giants Walked The Earth is already receiving huge buzz from the respective rock and literary communities.

Publisher's Weekly said: "In this ambitious biography, Wall narrates the history of a band that became one of the biggest musical and cultural phenomena of the 1970s … this volume is an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world."

The book, which retails for $27.99, is in stores now.



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