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ISBN13: 9780425182130
ISBN10: 0425182134
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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 and 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.

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Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood (with Mick Fleetwood), and the Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods.

Table of Contents

Hammer of the Gods Part One


1. The Train Kept A-Rollin'

2. Zeppelin Rising

3. The Year of the Shark

4. Valhalla I Am Coming

5. The Secret Society

6. The Continental Riot House

Part Two

7. The Starship

8. An Angel with a Broken Wing

9. Nobody's Fault

10. Power, Mystery, and the Hammer of the Gods

11. In the Evening

12. Coda

13. "Led Zeppelin" Flies Again

14. Zeppelin in the Square of the Dead

A Led Zeppelin Bibliography

A Led Zeppelin Discography



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lukas, August 29, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"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 afterthought 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.
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silat, October 12, 2009 (view all comments by silat)
This book came out after the Zep had crashed. Perfect timing. The band didn't authorize this book but it's still a pretty good read. Plant said he didn't remember many of the actual events depicted as he was having too much fun if you get my meaning. If 1/10th of the events depicted are true then these guys were Hammering the world.
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Davis, Stephen
Berkley Books
Davis, Steven
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Genres & Styles - Rock
General Fiction
General Biography
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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MM Picture Book
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Grade Level:
from 12
6.88x4.17x1.12 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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