Synopses & Reviews
Is there a bustle in your hedgerow? Does it alarm you? Are you aware that it is just a Spring clean from the May Queen? Thankfully, for those whose hedgerows are alarmingly bustled, Led Zeppelin answered this existentially relevant question in the classic rock song Stairway to Heaven. In Benjamin Darling's new book Everything I Need to Know I learned From Led Zeppelin Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones, through their lyrics, and select quotes; with their magical, dreamy and overwhelmingly positive message provide the reader newly minted aphorisms and freshly conceived maxims on the timeless topics of life, love and happiness. All this great advice is wittily presented and cleverly illustrated with children's primer/classic rock art mash-ups. Reader's will find deep wisdom and profound poetry in the lyrics featured in Everything I Need to Know I learned From Led Zeppelin; part self-help, part anthology, and part philosophical treatise, the book is an exercise, through words and whimsical pictures in free thought, the type of thought many have experienced laying back on their bed staring at a record album cover.
About the Author
Author and publisher, Benjamin Darling's favorite month is Zeptember. In 1980, the year John Bonham died, he and his high school friend, Paul engineered a stereo set-up with a multiple amplifiers and humongous speakers. They played Fool In the Rain
so loud the windows rattled, the neighbors complained, the authorities were called and the 'super stereo' was never heard from again... Mellowed only slightly by age, he has been known to rock out, hard, in his Volvo (when his wife and daughter aren't there to scold him.) His love for Led Zepelin and their lyrics and his collection of old children's readers and grade school primers fell together, serendipitously, one day (like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup commercials) and a book was born.