Marc Roberty - Led Zeppelin Day By Day book review

Coffee-table history of Led Zeppelin’s life on the road.

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When Stephen Davis’s Hammer Of The Gods was published in 1985, it set the bar not only for lurid tales of debauchery in the Led Zeppelin camp, but also for salacious rock biogs to come – Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt is a direct descendent. With this beautifully presented hardback, Marc Roberty takes a very different approach, leaving the groupie gossip to one side and concentrating instead on the band’s history on a tour-by-tour, album-by-album basis, from Jimmy Page’s time with The Yardbirds right up to 2007’s Ahmet Ertegun tribute show.

Completists will love it, as it’s stuffed with setlists, original regional reviews, tour ads and posters, alongside forensic, no-nonsense entries for each of the band’s shows.

It’ll be a little dry for some, and you’re unlikely to read it all in one sitting, but anyone interested in the inner workings of Led Zeppelin as musicians, rather than in their rumoured backstage shenanigans, will find themselves dipping into random pages for months ahead.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.