I hope that others would appreciate it as much for what it has as for what it does not. Yeah sure, he's a little rough on the eyes, what with wrinkles and facial hair, but he's still handsome and able to hit those high notes. Of the young Plant we get a fairly standard trotting out of influences -- he was certainly fickle in his musical taste and flicked quickly from skiffle to blues to pop to nightclub singing to rock in search of a career -- and for the full centre of the book we are simply walked through Led Zeppelin's career. We were great when we were great. Considering that all the members of Black Sabbath came from Aston, in Birmingham, and Robert Plant and John Bonham came from another part of Birmingham, they almost always ran into each other. If you are a serious fan, you would be doing yourself an enormous disservice to skip reading this. It was like a play by play of the same game on different days.
He catalogued and carefully filed each of them, having first pored over the sleeve notes and recording credits. The thing that Plant thought about most on the morning of September 10, 1959, however, was not music but how little he liked his new school uniform. What this unauthorized biography of the band's legendary front man offers is an in depth history of Robert Plant from his humble beginnings in England's Black Country through solo career and beyond. It is told through detailed research and interviews, along with flashbacks and flash-forwards, explaining how his experiences and subsequent mindset shaped his path. Paul Rees dwells upon the accomplishments of Plant the singer as well as the insecurities of Plant the human being. For some people, it's just a night at the theatre.
As of 2018, he has released 11 studio albums. In his home country he is now eligible for a bus pass and a state pension. The backstory of his young life was fascinating to me. Not to mention, he started a romance with his ex-wife's sister, Shirley. Variety shows, the big swing bands and communal dances were popular with old and young alike.
Methodically researched, the music legend's extraordinary career, influences and legacy are superbly articulated in this tremendous biography of an enigmatic rock star. I studied that poster in great detail. Much in need of an editor!! He was made Vice President of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, a football team he has supported for the last 55 years and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This is a pretty straightforward account of the life of Robert Plant, front man for Led Zeppelin and a solo artist in his own right. In this revealing work, Paul Rees detects the life of the reticent and alternatively garrulous rock star who even in his seventies continues to attract fans by the legion.
Led Zeppelin was his past, and Plant has always felt a constant need to move forward, to embrace new sounds. As for Robert's personal life, I admit I knew very little. The Viking rock god as he liked to be known and a magnet to thousands of groupies and wayward women. The British people agreed and elected Macmillan to a second term of office in October 1959. Half a million black American servicemen were drafted overseas during the Second World War and it was they who first brought blues records into Britain. Not blowing our own trumpets, but we were all popular at school, recalls Dudley. Elvis Presley, young and full of spunk, released his first recording on the Memphis label Sun Records in the summer of 1954.
While I appreciated much of the information, it was not well-written. Father and son found a shared bond in football. Told with tenacity, emotion, and the spark of brilliance that befits such an enigmatic front man, Robert Plant: A Life is the definitive story of a musical icon. Its very good at detailing his career and his charisma and his feelings about music, none of which are a surprise. For Plant, as for countless other British kids at the time, it was all that he was looking for. But Plant's legacy stretches far beyond Led Zeppelin and with Robert Plant: A Life, Paul Rees, former Editor of Q and Kerrang! It has brought back fond memories of the Robert Plant poster that I had on my bedroom wall as a teenager.
I have to admit, that as the years pass, I find myself less interested in even the Led Zeppelin stuff. These pages contain first-hand accounts of Plant's greatest highs and deepest lows: the tragic deaths of his son Karac and his friend, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Although unauthorized, you get the gist that Plant wouldn't have minded, but then Rees gave us enough of the taciturn aspects of his subject that we wouldn't necessarily agree to that. Robert Plant found success in his solo career as well. Robert Plant by Paul Rees is the definitive biography of Led Zeppelin's legendary frontman. If you're looking for salacious tidbits, this really isn't the place.
His career after Led Zeppelin was up and down, but he has had much more longevity than many other musicians of that era. In both the way they dressed and were expected to behave they were molded to be very much like smaller versions of their parents. Not to mention, he's been working on some solo stuff. I would have like a little more on his relationship with John Paul Jones - Rees talks a lot about Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, but doesn't delve much into Plant and Jones. Ironically enough my stepdad has all three of these albums. Those are there, as are tender moments deftly handled by Rees in that you hardly know you have a book in your hands.
This was a fine biography. I feel this book was a good start on getting to know about him; start, being the keyword. Robert Plant: A Life I have been a lifelong fan of the rock band Led Zeppelin and in particular the lead singer, Robert Plant. There he stood before his admiring mother dressed in short, gray trousers and long, gray socks, a white shirt, a red and green striped tie and green blazer, with a green cap flattening down his sculpted hair. Rock and roll for you! Highly Recommended The interesting part for me was the beginning, where we read how much effort Plant put in getting started. This was an informative book, an entertaining walk down memory lane and an introspective look into the private life of a rock star. Led Zeppelin came across as rock gods with a management team that took no crap from anyone outside their small and protected circle.
Maybe that was his experience playing into that. It is more about Zeppelin and their excesses rarely in detail and Plant's indulgences balanced by his discomfort goes unexplained. The camera caught Robert Plant wiping away a tear. It's also a good portrait of a very complex man and how he created his music. They prided themselves on being the first to know what the hot new records were and when the likes of Cochran or Gene Vincent would be coming to perform in the area.