Robert Plant

Robert Plant

A Life

Book - 2013
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Robert Plant is one of the few genuine living rock legends. Frontman of Led Zeppelin, musical innovator and seller of millions of records, Plant has been a profound influence on music, culture and modern history for over 40 years. Volumes have been written on the Zeppelin story, but Plant's tale has barely been told - until now.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.
ISBN: 9780007514878
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Ree
Characteristics: 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.


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Mar 28, 2018

Most complete book about the man that I've seen. Covers his start, and how music formed his love for it. The rise and fall of Zeppelin, and all of the hard times from them to know. Who knows what will come from him next, but I think it will be great.

Mar 10, 2018

A very disappointing biography. It really placed Plant in a negative light.

Dec 08, 2014

I've read that a man needs four things in life: health, money, sex and free time. I gather that being in Zeppelin made the last of the four impossible. For him it was like being in prison. This book is about his quest for 'free time' and how he filled it. Easy reading for the most part, at times though it could make the eyes gloss over due to the flowery language and some writers use of ethereal bumph.

Nov 17, 2014

With Robert Plant being one of my all-time favorite rock-n-roll singers of the 1970s, I was feeling mighty hopeful that through this bio-book I would come to respect this dude even more than ever.

But, alas, following Led Zeppelin's official break-up in 1980, Plant promptly embarked on a "hit-n-miss" solo career. And, upon doing so, his true colors soon began to surface.

It would be an understatement, indeed, to say that I was not at all pleased to read that as a solo artist Plant was very much a tyrant with other musicians, especially during studio recording sessions.

Time and again Plant would arrogantly berate and humiliate his fellow musicians to the point where some of these dudes flatly refused to work with him ever again.

I also learned about how resentful Plant was towards guitarist, Jimmy Page. Plant clearly held some real deep-rooted animosity against Page. And he absolutely detested having to perform Led Zeppelin songs for the crowds.

As well, Plant liked to wallow in self-pity over the fact that as a solo artist his music wasn't being as widely appreciated by the public as he believed that it should be. (In other words, record sales were low.)

On a positive note - Of all the shampoos out there on the market, it's "Flex" and only "Flex" for Robert Plant when he wants to wash all his girl-troubles out of his thinning hair.

Please understand - I don't hate Robert Plant, but, all-in-all, this was a very-very disappointing bio-book. I had certainly expected to be a helluva lot more intrigued and enlightened by the likes of Plant, but, no such luck this time around.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The legendary rock icon offers a rare glimpse into his life, from his years as the front man for one of the most influential rock bands of all time and his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham, to the solo career today that sees him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter

tailwagger Dec 14, 2013

An interesting, informative tale of artistic endeavor and inspiration, although ultimately somewhat superficial. There is good factual information on how rock works, and its personal politics. Unfortunately there are moral aspects to Robert's life that are left unanswered: why he often stood by as a "voyeur" while road manager Richard Cole and drummer John Bonham acted as thugs beating innocent people up and why he was absent for the death of his first-born son. More than a little creepy, but then again, he's a "Golden God", so who am I to say. At times, some factual errors also make this book's credibility a bit suspect. It's niggling, but on page 317 there is a reference to Plant's album "Band of Joy" having been recorded "the old school way direct to 16-inch tape". Perhaps the author meant 16 track on 2-inch tape. Now that's old school. No such thing as 16-inch audio recording tape.

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