Led Zeppelin and Philosophy: All Will Be Revealed

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Scott Calef
Open Court, 31.08.2011 - 288 Seiten
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Led Zeppelin, who bestrode the world of rock like a colossus, have continually grown in popularity and influence since their official winding up in 1980. They exasperated critics and eluded classification, synthesizing blues, rock, folk, rockabilly, funk, classical, country, Indian, and Arabic techniques. They performed the alchemical trick of transmuting base led into gold—and platinum—and diamond. They did what they would, finding wisdom through personal excess and artistic self-discipline.

“Not a coda to Zeppelin’s legacy, but a blast of metaphysical graffiti as relevant today as the first time we heard the opening chords of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. From Kant to ‘Kashmir’, from Freud to ‘Fool in the Rain’, Calef and company explore Zeppelin’s music in an introspective, suggestive manner worthy of both a blistering Page solo and a bawdy Bonham stomp.”

—BRANDON W. FORBES, co-editor of Radiohead and Philosophy


“Led Zeppelin’s albums, personalities, live performances, art work, myths, influences, and more, all come under the microscope. Compelling insights and observations add more depth to a subject that continues to thrill and inspire. Each chapter is driven by an unquenchable thirst for Zeppelin knowledge and pulls the reader deeper into the world of Led Zeppelin . . .”

—DAVE LEWIS, editor, Tight But Loose
 

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Inhalt

1 The Oceans Roar
1
2 When All Are One and One Is All
17
3 The Song Remains the Same But Not Always
31
A Mood Mix
47
5 Sometimes a Guitar Is Just a Guitar
63
6 The Enviable Lives of Led Zeppelin?
75
7 With Flames from the Dragon of Darkness
93
8 Magic Pages and Mythic Plants
113
12 Celebrating the Agony of Life
173
13 Bring the Balance Back
187
14 Your Time Is Gonna Come
221
15 Reliving the Concert Experience?
239
16 A Bootleg in Your Hedgerow
253
17 Why We Listen to Led Zeppelin Really
265
77 Zep Facts Anecdotes and Trivia
277
Top Eleven Contributor Top Ten Lists
287

9 Presence
131
10 Physical Graffiti
151
11 Let the Son Beat Down
163

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Über den Autor (2011)

Scott Calef is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has a modest collection of 900 or so CDs, and has never turned off a Led Zeppelin album in the middle (even if he has to leave, he lets it play through in his absence).

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