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The definitive biography of the larger-than-life Led Zeppelin singer-the man who defined the very notion of what it means to be a rock godWith a voice recognized around the world, Robert Plant is a living legend-frontman of one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. The sheer scale of Zeppelin's success is extraordinary. In the U.S. aloneThe definitive biography of the larger-than-life Led Zeppelin singer-the man who defined the very notion of what it means to be a rock godWith a voice recognized around the world, Robert Plant is a living legend-frontman of one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. The sheer scale of Zeppelin's success is extraordinary. In the U.S. alone they have sold 70 million records-a figure surpassed only by the Beatles-while "Stairway to Heaven," the band's most recognizable song, has been played more times on American radio than any other track and is frequently referred to as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs ever.But Plant's legacy stretches far beyond Led Zeppelin and with Robert Plant: A Life, Paul Rees, former Editor of Q and Kerrang! magazines, whose professional relationship with Plant spans decades, brings the whole picture into focus for the first time. From the forces that shaped him as a boy in England's Black Country to the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years; from his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham to the solo career that today, at the age of 62, sees him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career, Rees paints a rich, complicated portrait of a man who changed the face of rock 'n' roll at just 19 years old.Told with tenacity, emotion and the spark of brilliance that befits such an enigmatic frontman, this is the definitive story of a musical icon....

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  • Adam Light
    2018-12-10 07:06

    Looking for the down and dirty details of the debauched lifestyles of the members of Led Zeppelin during their infamous reign over all things rock and roll in the 70's?Sorry, this is not that book.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.I am a big Zeppelin fan, so I gobbled every page eagerly and found within the pages the story of a man whose failures more often than not eclipsed his shining moments, yet whose love and passion for music has continuously driven him to plunge headlong into one musical venture after the other for nearly fifty years. Plant is depicted as a man whose future is always wide open and his past where it belongs... in the past.Great bio I would recommend to fans of the Tall Cool One and anyone curious about the ins and outs of the music business as well.

  • Tom
    2018-12-04 01:08

    (nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss)If there’s one artist ever to have epitomized The Rock God, it has to be Robert Plant. His bared chest and waving mane of long blond curls, combined with powerful charisma and that unmistakable bluesy wail, made damned sure every eye in the house was focused on him. As Rock’s Golden God, Plant prowled the stage as front-man for Led Zeppelin, the rock band who owned the 1970’s. To me, it seems like Led Zeppelin was around forever, but they really only played together twelve years, from 1968 to 1980. For the 1970’s, though, there was nobody bigger, nobody more dangerous than Led Zeppelin, and Robert Plant was in the spotlight, always in the spotlight. When the band first started, it was guitarist Jimmy Page’s project—he was the producer and arranger, the seasoned vet who’d played in The Yardbirds. As Zeppelin recorded and toured in the 1970’s, Robert Plant began to take more control as Page fell back into a self-imposed isolation. Plant was garrulous and enjoyed attention. Page retreated into perpetually dark hotel rooms.In 1980, Led Zeppelin broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham. The press release said they couldn’t imagine playing without their dear friend, and thus they were dissolving the band. And that was that.Led Zeppelin ended, but that wasn't the end for Robert Plant. Plant didn’t want to stop making music. The key for him was always the next album to make, the next style to embrace. He moved on through a series of solo projects, some hugely successful, others hugely not.That’s the greatest thing I learned in Paul Rees’s new biography, “Robert Plant: A Life.” There were (and still are) hugely lucrative offers for Led Zeppelin reunion tours. Plant didn’t want to go back. For him, his journey was about moving forward, following the music. He has played sold-out arena tours supporting his solo projects, and he has played in tiny Arctic villages. He’s done everything from pop standards to African-tinged blues to American roots music. Author Paul Rees is a former editor of Q magazine--a sort of edgier British Rolling Stone--and he has created a wonderful history of the enigmatic Plant. If you’ve ever seen film of Led Zeppelin performing, you know Robert Plant didn’t lack self-confidence. That continues today. In fact, that’s really what keeps him from doing Led Zeppelin reunion tours—tours that would earn him unimaginable fortunes. Led Zeppelin was his past, and Plant has always felt a constant need to move forward, to embrace new sounds.Rees draws us into life with Robert Plant. During his Q days, Rees and Plant spoke several times, both in formal interviews and just running into each other at various events. Rees draws from these conversations, interviews with Plant’s former friends and colleagues, and various other resources to show us this enigmatic artist. He takes us along with Plant to exotic ports and desert oases, searching for the next sound, and he shows us Robert as father, husband, and friend, a man whose career sometimes conflicts with his familial responsibilities. “Robert Plant: A Life” is excellent book about a complex man. In December, 2012, Led Zeppelin was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors. The last musical performance of their induction tribute was an amazing version of “Stairway to Heaven” featuring Ann Wilson from Heart singing, ace musicians, an orchestra, and a huge gospel choir. It was captivating. The camera caught Robert Plant wiping away a tear. In a shot a minute or so later, he looks gratified, but ready to ramble on. Highly Recommended

  • Randee
    2018-11-28 23:23

    As big a fan as I am of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin, I knew very little about Robert Plant, the person. I've always liked his singing, enough to buy some of his non-Zeppelin catalog. I feel this book was a good start on getting to know about him; start, being the keyword. The book is not heavy or in depth about the relationships he's had, in and out of the band, but it goes through his music categorically and with detail. I'm interested in both, so I would have liked a bit more about his relationship with Page, Bonham, Jones, his parents, his wife and children. All are mentioned but I shall have to look elsewhere for more of an understanding of his love-hate relationship with Page, etc. I truly dislike labeling because it is subjective to only the person doing so, but for me, I think Led Zeppelin followed closely by Aerosmith may be the two best rock bands in the history of music. Aerosmith is still around and Led Zeppelin has never died, for me. If you want to get a general idea of the person that is Robert Plant, I do recommend Paul Rees' biography of him.

  • Alexandra
    2018-11-21 23:59

    I am probably biased because Robert Plant (circa 1970-1985) has got to be my biggest crush in the whole wide world, but I couldn't put this book down. To have the confidence Robert Plant has is something so rare I can't even describe it (but Paul Rees sure can.) Loved it. There was the odd thing about ol' Jimmy that I didn't appreciate (mostly in the forward) but other than that... (In saying that, I know Page isn't the kindest of souls, but when you play guitar like that....... ;))

  • Melody
    2018-12-05 07:05

    When I was a teenager, Plant was the personification of rock. He was beautiful, angelic, otherworldly, and oh, how he could sing. Plus he dressed like a demented faery. All of which is to say I couldn't resist this book.I liked learning more about Plant's musical roots, and I was pleased to learn that he's an incredible music historian. There was less personal life stuff than I'd have liked, on the other hand that's better in an autobiography than a biography. Rees sticks mainly to the music, and the musical stages through which Plant has travelled in his long career. I was fascinated throughout.

  • Scott
    2018-11-29 01:22 only reason this gets four stars, is because of Robert Plant himself. I pretty much agree with the review above. I remember reading the part about the Watergate break-in and what Zeppelin was doing at that time, and thought it interesting that the author put the two together, yet throughout the book, I yearned to know more about the man himself. Being a long-time fan, I am interested in what motivates the man. Yet Plant does seem down to earth, but I thought, in particular, he came off looking like Steve Jobs in the studio. Maybe that was his experience playing into that.More than anything, I found that I related to Plant because he always is looking for a new horizon and wants to achieve greatness in everything he does. In creating his art, you can see that he is very eloquent and passionate and, as an artist, I think that is what draws me to Robert Plant: the passionate artist and creator. He is always expressing his inner self in ways I can relate to.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-08 02:22

    I’ve got so many thoughts running around in my head, after finishing Robert Plant: A Life by Paul Rees. Let me see if I can put them in some order:1. It has brought back fond memories of the Robert Plant poster that I had on my bedroom wall as a teenager. I studied that poster in great detail. I had thoughts about that poster.2. It is sort of sad to realize that by the time I was old enough to fall in love with Led Zeppelin’s music, they were already imploding.3. If I had been asked before I started the book, I would have said that I knew a bit about Robert Plant. I did not. Lots that I didn’t know.4. Perhaps most importantly, at least to my wallet, this book is going to cost me a fortune. I’m glad I got some iTunes gift cards for Christmas, because I am going to be downloading a lot of music.First off, I really enjoyed the book. The backstory of his young life was fascinating to me. The idea that at 15 or 16 years old Plant was running around, singing in clubs, appearing with a bunch of different bands, is remarkable to me. I can’t imagine having that kind of ambition and confidence at that age.“The story goes that Headmaster Chambers told [Plant] he would never make anything of himself. When I came back to the school in the early ’70s, Chambers himself told me that Robert had later turned up at his house in a Rolls-Royce and asked the Headmaster if he remembered him.”The story of how Led Zeppelin came about, how it became arguably the greatest rock band of all time, and how it imploded — that all made for great reading. Even more interesting was the story of what Plant has been doing since Led Zeppelin — so many bands, so much music, such an interesting life. For a music fan, even if you weren’t a big Led Zeppelin fan, it’s a terrific read. The big issue — and it is always an issue with biographies — is that this is really focused on on Plant, of course, and it definitely paints him in the best light possible. That always makes me wonder about how much is true and how much is slanted. It’s clear that Rees is a friend of Plant’s, so why wouldn’t he want to give this the best spin he could?There were a couple of things I found really interesting. First, I admire the way that Plant did not get sucked into Led Zeppelin remakes. There were some reunion concerts, there were some collaborations with Jimmy Page, but I imagine that it would have been very easy to fall back into old habits. There would have been a fortune to be made there, with the Led Zeppelin name, and I think it would take a lot of will to pull free.Second, and definitely related, Plant seems to have a remarkable ability to walk away. After Led Zeppelin, he is involved in a number of projects — The Honeydrippers, Band of Joy, Strange Sensation, his collaborations with Jimmy Page and Allison Krauss, the Sensational Space Shifters — and when he’s done with them, he’s done with them. His album with Allison Kraus, Raising Sand, is haunting and amazing and won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2008. But that was it – they didn’t work together again. There were short tours with Band of Joy, but when he decided that had run its course, Plant ended it. I’m not sure what I think about that; I wondered a lot about his bandmates, and what an upheaval it must have been for them, but you have to admire such a clear vision and that kind of determination.“I once asked Robert how he went about choosing a girl when he was in Led Zeppelin,” adds Hossam Ramzy. “He told me, ‘It was very simple. There would be a thousand of them and I’d just go, “You, you and you – fuck off. The rest, come with me.’ “I also wondered a lot about John Paul Jones. Although there were some Led Zeppelin reunions, Plant seemed dead-set against working with Jones, although no specific incident seems to have spurred that, at least none that was laid out in the book. It made me curious.The final thing I was curious about was the drug use. There is a lot of talk in the book about Page’s heroin addiction and John Bonham’s addictions, which ultimately lead to his death. There is much less talk, however, about Plant’s drug use. Was he just a casual user, as opposed to an addict? Might go along with that sense of determination, but it was never really answered, at least for me.At any rate, an excellent biography, lots of great stories and photos, plenty of input from friends, bandmates, and others who knew him. It paints a compelling portrait of a man who has led an amazing life and continues to make amazing music.“Robert Plant turned 65 in August 2013. In his home country he is now eligible for a bus pass and a state pension.”My copy of Robert Plant: A Life is an Advanced Reader Copy, provided free of charge.

  • Venky
    2018-11-30 23:12

    During their time, Led Zeppelin strode the Earth like the very Gods of Rock. Comprising four power chords they formed a coalesced Colossus who took the World of Rock and Roll by storm. While the brain behind the band was Jimmy Page, who redefined the art of strumming a Guitar, the heart of the quartet was Robert Plant. With the mane of a lion and a magnificent croon capable of seducing the very Devil, the front man of Led Zeppelin wrote himself into the record books and rode into the very hearts and heads of billions of adoring, screaming, swooning fans, some of whom were incorrigibly addicted to the world of LSD and other allied accompaniments.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. Having born in the Midlands before becoming a recognisable face on both sides of the Atlantic, Robert Plant was hooked to the Blues musi imported from America into Britain. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Sonny Bill Williamson et al were his cherished Gods. When Jimmy Page went on a recruiting spree to stock his "New Yardbirds", he honed in on Robert Plant and his mercurial friend on the drums John Bonham. With the versatile John Paul Jones completing the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle, Led Zeppelin was born. Paul Rees dwells upon the accomplishments of Plant the singer as well as the insecurities of Plant the human being. An inveterate weakness for women (which among other things led to the dissolution of Plant's marriage to further a dalliance with his sister-in-law), an obsession towards the occult and a penchant for wanton debauchery all characterise the dark side of Robert Plant and his band. In fact the tales of Zeppelin debauchery have taken on such mystical proportions that one is at a loss to grasp where the truth ends and the myth begins, or the other way round.However as Paul Rees so tellingly portrays, the greatest strength of Robert Plant lies in his unquenchable passion for reinventing music. Not satisfied with purveying a stereotypical kind of hellish, head banging stuff, Plant always kept asking for more. His horizon of innovation reached its peak, ironically after the splitting up of Led Zeppelin, courtesy the untimely and agonising death of John Bonham following an overdose of alcohol. Roaming the sands of Africa and parlaying with the Blue Grass of Tennessee, Robert Plant brought out the genius in him with a series of collaborations which have firmly placed him at the forefront of the musical world. Whether dazzling his audience with a soul stirring dystopian rendition of "Kashmir" to the accompaniment of an Egyptian Orchestra or taring one of the most popular Zeppelin songs "Black Dog" to shreds with a slow improvised version along with Allison Krauss, a Blues Singer, Robert Plant generated lasting and unparalleled oeuvres in the domain of rock music. Paul Rees pays a deserving tribute to this legend, whose throes have become immortal and whose voice evokes a entire panoply of emotions ranging from raw dissonance to enchanting transcendence."Robert Plant - A Life" - A benediction to the surreal and timeless voice of Rock!

  • Robin
    2018-11-24 03:16

    4.5 starsThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for granting me permission to read this before the publication date.Ever since 1970 when a high school boyfriend introduced me to Led Zeppelin, I have been fascinated with the band and especially Robert Plant--how could a teen girl not be? He had such charisma and such great hair, and were those songs really as dirty as they seemed--but he has always been such an enigma. Then except for noting a few solo albums he released over the years and watching the documentary The Song Remains the Same a few times, he went off my radar. When he released his album Raising Sand and I saw him in concert with Alison Krauss, I realized that even as an old fart his charisma was still intact, so I was anxious to read this new biography and devoured it. His upbringing was interesting as was how he got his start with music and the band. The weakest part may have been the sections that talked about the band as I felt most of it was fairly well known, but it picked up steam when he left the band and outlined the ups and downs of his solo career and his intermittent reunions with the band over the years.This is one of those books that made me run to iTunes or dig out my CDs to listen to a particular LZ song. I also didn't realize how many solo albums he released (some good and some not so good) and it's been fun listening to some of the songs. I'm especially hooked on Kashmir.All in all this was a fascinating read and would recommend to anyone who loves a good rock memoir and is a fan of LZ and RP. It's also a good portrait of a very complex man and how he created his music. I guess my only criticism is that I still don't feel like I know him, but that's not really the fault of the author as Plant has done a good job of keeping his life private.

  • Brendan Walsh
    2018-12-01 23:12

    The beginning of Robert Plant, detailing his growing interest in music, waning interest in school, and his struggles as a teenager to break into the big time while peers like Stevie Winwood and Rod Stewart took off, is quality rock-and-roll biography. From there, however, the book grows thinner and thinner. Accounts of the rise and fall of Led Zeppelin are told mainly through interviews--but few of the insights come from the key remaining players: Paige, Jones, even Plant himself. The book really loses steam, though, when it follows in detail Plants solo career which, in my mind, really doesn't have the quality to merit such attention.The biggest flaw of the book, which, truth be told I dropped about 2/3 of the way in, is Rees's disinterest in the dynamics of Plant's key relationships. The one with Paige does get some investigation, but Rees never answers the key question of how each feels about the other and how such feelings impacted the trajectory of their careers. Also neglected is Plant's first wife Maureen; her sister Shirley, with whom Plant took up after his divorce; and even Plant's children. Digging into how those people experienced life with the "Golden God" would have fleshed out the conflict that Rees refers to throughout but never really explores with any sophistication--that between Plant as a man, on the one hand, devoted to his family and to the life he carved out in England's midland and, on the other, his life as a Rock-and-Roll superstar.

  • Julie Haydu
    2018-12-12 23:23

    Boring telling of a very interesting guy's life. Did not feel like I "knew" Robert Plant any better from reading this biography.

  • Ivan
    2018-11-29 22:56

    FIRST LINE REVIEW: "For a moment he was alone." Only for a moment, because from the age of 19, Robert Plant was a Rock God. This slim book traces the highlights of that ride up to it's publication date in 2013. The ride's not over yet. But I was glad that this book WAS over. While I appreciated much of the information, it was not well-written. Much in need of an editor!! Kind of like the majority of Led Zeppelin's albums...good times, bad times. This book, too, has it's share.

  • Anita Ness
    2018-12-02 03:01

    3 eller 4? Plant og Zeppelins karriere og liv fortjener nok en femmer, men boka er ikke spesielt godt skrevet, eller kan jeg skylde på oversettelse og for mange slurvefeil, dårlig korrektur? men det var i interessant nok til at jeg kom meg gjennom.

  • Mike Sumner
    2018-11-17 02:57

    Robert Plant: A LifeI have been a lifelong fan of the rock band Led Zeppelin and in particular the lead singer, Robert Plant. The Viking rock god as he liked to be known and a magnet to thousands of groupies and wayward women. The 67 year old Robert Plant is surrounded by mystique and Paul Rees attempts to find a balance between the man, the myth, the music, and the darkness in this unauthorised biography. Perhaps one day Plant will write his own definitive version, although I doubt it. Rees is the one-time editor of Kerrang! and Q magazines and has in my opinion conducted his research in exemplary fashion from other books and articles, as well as his own previous conversations with Plant and many of Plant's former classmates, band mates, and tour mates, some of whom were not afraid to speak candidly and critically. Nonetheless, for me this is a comprehensive record of Plant’s life from his early school years, through his early bands before being recruited by Jimmy Page to form Led Zeppelin with John Bonham and John Paul Jones. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom and idolization by so many music fans resulted in studio albums that I play to this day. Their seminal studio work: Led Zeppelin IV sold 25 million copies within months of being released in 1971. It contains their finest rock aria, Stairway to Heaven. Groupies, drugs, and tragedy followed as Zeppelin's legend grew and the band dissolved after drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, choked on his own vomit after another mammoth drinking session. Plant reemerged as an ever-evolving solo artist who kept his distance from Zeppelin, rarely reuniting with his former band mates. I have enjoyed most of Plant’s solo efforts, in particular his album Raising Sand with Alison Krauss. As Rees reports in detail, Led Zeppelin did finally reunite for one last concert in December 2007 at the O2 Arena. 20,000 fans were overawed with the performance, Plant and Page showing none of their on/off friction. Oh to have been there (I was one of millions of fans chasing down just 20,000 tickets without success).This book is as good if not better than anything else I have read about Robert Plant. It provides insight into Plant as a man and a musician. I recommend it to any Led Zeppelin fan.

  • Dave Schwensen
    2018-12-16 05:22

    I’ve finally learned the answer. As a first generation Led Zeppelin fan I could never understand why the remaining members didn’t give in to multi-million dollar reunion offers and give us one last tour. Yes, there have been a few concerts over the decades with the late John Bonham’s son Jason taking his place on drums, but nothing sustaining. And according to media reports, the lone holdout was always Robert Plant. This look into his life explains why.*The author takes us back to Plant’s beginnings, through the madness of Zeppelin, his numerous musical groupings and solo recordings, and into the present. There were many twists and turns, frustrating failures, good luck and heartbreaking tragedy in both his career and personal life. It is told through detailed research and interviews, along with flashbacks and flash-forwards, explaining how his experiences and subsequent mindset shaped his path.*Plant comes off as determined and impressionable both as an artist and a person. Led Zeppelin came across as rock gods with a management team that took no crap from anyone outside their small and protected circle. Plant grew to seem more aware of the cracks in the fortress and after the loss of his young son and best friend Bonham, drew away from the madness more for survival than artistic freedom.*The beginning of the book was not what I expected, but could definitely understand by the end. A creative flower child with the will of a taskmaster is a brief synopsis of Plant’s character. For Zeppelin fans the continuously rebuffed reunion offers will be answered. For Robert Plant fans you’ll understand why. This book is recommended for both.

  • Matti Karjalainen
    2018-11-18 07:10

    Englantilaisista rocklehdistä tutun toimittajan kirjoittama "Robert Plant: Elämä" (Like, 2014) ansaitsee ensimmäiset pisteensä virkistävän spartalaisen nimensä puolesta. Pitkästä aikaa sellainen rockelämäkerta, jota ei ole väkisin yritetty nimetä jonkun laulun mukaan!Paul Reesin epävirallinen elämäkerta on varsin onnistunut läpileikkaus Robert Plantin elämästä. Kovin tarkkoihin yksityiskohtiin ei mennä, mutta ihan pintapuoliseksikaan ei heittäydytä. Skandaalinkäryisten kohutarinoiden perässä liikkuvien lukijoiden ei kannata vaivautua, vaan teos keskittyy enemmän musiikilliseen antiin ja laulajan persoonaan, josta annetaan melko rehellisen oloinen kuva.Led Zeppeliniin perehtyneelle kirja ei tuo varmasti mitään uutta ja ihmeellistä, mutta itseäni kiinnostivat myös Plantin sooloura, jota on säännönmukaisesti sävyttänyt suhde Led Zeppeliniin. Plant on kuitenkin onnistunut pyristelemään melko hyvin irti menneisyyden verkoista sekä luomaan menestyksekästä soolouraa.Vuoteen 2013 ulottuvan elämäkerran kiinnostava elementti käsitteleekin tätä ristiriitaa, joka huipentui omalla tavallaan pari vuotta sitten tapahtuneeseen paluukeikkaan Lontoon 02-Areenalla: viimeisten säkeiden tauottua Plant huikkasi terveiset yleisön joukossa olleelle kuolemansairaalle ystävälleen, katosi kaupungin yöhön, meni yksin kantakuppilaansa, tilasi annoksen hummusta sekä puolikkaan vodkapullon - ja suuntasi katseensa tulevaisuuteenKiinnostava elämäkerta kaiken kaikkiaan.

  • Barry Hammond
    2018-12-07 02:00

    For a singer who's fronted one of the most popular rock bands of all time in Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has been a figure in motion, never resting on his laurels or becoming a nostalgia act but relentlessly pursuing new musical adventures and pushing his boundaries, resulting in such landmark projects as No Quarter with his former band mate Jimmy Page, several discs of R & B covers with Band of Joy, Raising Sand with Alison Krauss and several other projects. Journalist Paul Rees has come up with an entertaining and somewhat revealing biography of the lead singer for a band whose avoidance of publicity has been legendary. While it's not a terribly deep work it is workmanlike and provides a much needed timeline on the history and motivations of an elusive figure in the history of music. He's conducted interviews with key people in Plant's life (as well as Plant himself) and has probably come as close as anyone's going to get to pulling back the cover on his life and relationships while he's alive.The subject comes across as both more complex and more down to earth than many people have previously thought and it's a key work for anyone remotely interested in the subject and music in general. _ BH.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-17 01:18

    What a journey this man has been on with his career over the past 46 years. Amazing and heartbreaking at times this book is very good. Yes, parts of just interviews over the years but the overall heart of it is truly there. He is my favorite singer and overall a talented and humorous man. He has always reminded me of the Piped Piper spreading joy whenever he went. Thank you Mr. Plant for the joy over the past 30 years of my enjoying your solo career. In the words of another, "What a long strange trip it's been."

  • Winona Patterson
    2018-12-10 04:13

    I'm always eager to expand my knowledge beyond my Beatles bubble. Robert Plant: A Life taught me so much. It's a quick read, and would be great for anyone interested in music history, pop culture, British history... the list goes on. If you're looking for salacious tidbits, this really isn't the place. But if you're looking to learn just what makes one of the best rock frontmen tick, both personally and professionally, this biography is perfect.

  • Drew
    2018-12-13 01:12

    It's really good. You should read it.

  • Stephen
    2018-12-05 05:02

    interesting read about the life of Robert plant but felt however it was a bit pedestrian though

  • Angela
    2018-12-01 00:03

    So I had to give this book 4 stars. It really was good and very good in detailing Plant's career. It doesn't delve into the antics of Led Zeppelin or much of Robert's personal opinions at the time. I was looking for something that revealed a little more personal feelings of Robert's about what was happening in that time and why. Maybe more about what his bandmates felt about him, but its not in this book. Its very good at detailing his career and his charisma and his feelings about music, none of which are a surprise. I know I am one of many who have had almost a life long love affair with this man's music and his charisma. He is a true rock god. Which is revealed in this book. He is an amazing musician whose creativity has never stopped. He is clearly obsessed with music of all kinds and musical history of all kinds. He is revealed as incredibly intelligent, probably narcissic, which maybe you need to be to reach the heights that he has achieved.I enjoyed this book, even though I was looking for more. It's really well written and does document the public side of Plant's life.

  • David Czuba
    2018-11-20 01:20

    I was skeptical anyone could write up an adequate summary of the super-hyped singer from Led Zeppelin, but Rees comes through, especially toward the latter years when Plant had fully broken free from his old band. His steady access to Plant as a music writer results in a more familiar and at-hand phrasing than the earlier writing in this biography. 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 comes through as well, then, in his proclivity to be flamboyant and a shameless sex-minded lad. He could be living next door, for how Rees writes. This alone makes the book a good read. Without question, most readers are going to turn these pages for glimpses of the anticipated cultist Jimmy Page and the hotel hallway rampage scenes from Zeppelin's heyday among the world's most epic rock bands. Those are there, as are tender moments deftly handled by Rees in that you hardly know you have a book in your hands. That's an author worthy of his salt. When a book makes you look up sources, then it is well done in another way: to reach beyond the author's take on a subject and for the reader to see if it lives up to it.

  • Deia Skitalica
    2018-11-30 00:00

    I enjoyed reading it for the obvious reasons, even if at times I felt that the author is really basing the content on borrowed interviews and other books, and very little insight from Plant himself. Of course, it's not an authorised bio - and knowing the kind of character Robert is, there will probably never be one - but it still felt like it was just skimming the surface. Rees does provide a good chronology of Plant's career and insights into his personality, but I found it to be a bit too structured and not quite in a storytelling format. And anyone who has watched Plant's interviews knows that, instead of answering questions, he'd rather be telling (exquisite) stories, which is why I was keen on more of that kind of narrative. I don't regret spending time on this book, but I wish there was a better story of Plant's life out there.

  • Toni Miller
    2018-11-18 00:23

    I wish Martin Power, the author of the latest Jimmy Page bio had written this one. I learned more from Power's book on Page about Robert Plant than I really did from this bio. Found out some things I didn't know, but I'd love an autobiography rather than this unauthorized one. But that will likely happen around the same time that Led Zeppelin has a reunion show :)

  • Cindy J.
    2018-12-17 07:21

    A very honest account of his life. This book was a little more personal giving insight to the man and not just the lead singer of Led Zeppelin. It included what he is doing post Zeppelin and how he has continued musically but doing it his own way.

  • MaryEllen
    2018-12-17 02:15

    I had already read an exhaustive bio of the band and their music, but this really showed me how Robert Plant took an entirely different route after Zeppelin. The others love to reunite, but he just wants to do new things and evolve.

  • Beth
    2018-11-22 03:54

    A more contemporary biography of Robert Plant with a more down to earth look at the man who was once a 'Rock God.' It reveals his love and knowledge of music and the ups and downs of his solo career post Led Zeppelin. Always looking ahead to the next project.

  • Cindy Nix
    2018-11-23 02:17

    A very honest account of his life. This book was a little more personal giving insight to the man and not just the lead singer of Led Zeppelin. It included what he is doing post Zeppelin and how he has continued on musically but doing it his own way.

  • Kevin LaBrie
    2018-11-25 05:02

    A surprisingly thorough (and sometimes unflattering) look into one of my favorite rock stars. Not a whole of of juicy information if that is what you are looking for (which i was not.)