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The phemen that was to be Led Zeppelin started humbly in the session studios and local beat groups of Wolverhampton - in the heart of the British 'midlands' - and in London's 'home counties'. All four future members started their respective careers playing and singing for others, without so much as a label credit. But between them they played on so many pivotal recordings during that revolutionary period in the early, mid and late 1960s, that it has been estimated, individually, they contributed to more than 50 per cent of all British pop records released between 1963 and 1968. They were of course to become, arguably, the most important rock band ever and certainly have maintained the most loyal and dedicated fan base of any major act since the dawn of the rock n roll era [with the possible exception of The Beatles]. The era during which they shone brightest as a collective unit - the golden age of Zeppelin - has been documented numerous times, occasionally with insight and expertise, often with thing of the sort - but the genesis of this most important of bands has rarely been investigated in depth. For Led Zeppelin - The Origins Of The Species - How, Why And Where It All Began , esteemed music historian and author Alan Clayson has traced every session, recording and live appearance made by each future member of Led Zeppelin and woven the results into a rich and insightful text containing a factually accurate 'family tree' of the future band and all their musical and professional colleagues. The book also serves as a staggering insight into the workings of the music industry, its 'big wigs' and its foot soldiers, during the period in question. With further enlightenment concerning the musical influences each member was absorbing during these formative years, which would later come together as a kind of satanic ritual infused with the hippie ideal, this work is insightful, exciting, revelatory and, above all, a bloody good read.
Alan Clayson has written more than 30 books on various musicians, including George Harrison, Keith Moon, The Little Box of Beatles, The Walrus Was Ringo, and The Yardbirds. His work regularly appears in a variety of publications that include The Daily Mail, FHM, Mojo, and Record Collector.