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Rees informs and entertains . . . leav[ing] few stones in Plant’s life unturned. (MOJO)

Anyone seeking insight into Robert Plant as a man and musician will find it here. (Q Magazine)

Particularly enlightening on Plant’s formative pre-Zep years in the Midlands, A Life puts the singer’s eclectic career into clear context. (Dave Lewis, Tight But Loose magazine)

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Robert Plant by Paul Rees is the definitive biography of Led Zeppelin's legendary frontman. As lead singer for one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time—whose song "Stairway to Heaven" has been played more times on American radio than any other track—Robert Plant defined what it means to be a rock god.

Over the course of his twenty-year career, British music journalist and editor Paul Rees has interviewed such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Bono, and AC/DC. Rees now offers a full portrait of Robert Plant for the first time, exploring the forces that shaped him, the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years—including his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham—and his life as a solo artist today.

Illustrated with more than two dozen photographs, Robert Plant: A LIfe is the never-before-told story of a gifted, complicated music icon who changed the face of rock 'n' roll.

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23 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 5 novembre 2013
Par Cat - Publié sur
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I was really looking forward to this book in the hopes that Plant himself had provided some interview time to the author which would definitely sweeten the pot in my opinion. That does not appear to be the case (it's an "unauthorized" biography) sadly, but even so, the author could have done much better. The book is very dry, emotionally absent, contains little original insight and is basically a rehash of material that is readily available elsewhere. If you know nothing about Robert Plant, it's an OK read, but if you have followed his career since his Zeppelin days, you'll find nothing new here.
22 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Rock God, and Beyond 22 octobre 2013
Par Tom Sanchez - Publié sur
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(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
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting read 5 janvier 2014
Par Bugster2 - Publié sur
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I was very fortunate to have seen Led Zeppelin perform twice at the Forum in the early seventies. I thought then and still think they are the greatest rock band ever. Here I am at age 60 and I still think he was the sexiest male slink of a rock star there ever was. Before I read this book I did a Google search of images of Plant. I was curious to see how he looked after all these years. I had the youthful Plant fixated in my mind so when I saw him as he is today, I thought I was looking at the Picture of Dorian Gray. So, on to the read.
Probably a very thorough but superficial look at Plant's life. Not much more you can do when the subject matter is a very private person and was not involved in the writing of the book. I was hoping for a much more, up-close, picture of the man but it was not to be.
What I did glean from the read is that he was and is still a driven man. He is highly intelligent, perhaps a genius. I also got the impression that he is also a tortured man that will probably never feel any peace in his lifetime, but again, this is just my opinion. He was born with a purpose and was brave enough to pursue it. He also had more women sit on his lap than a public toilet. He is very fortunate that all of his success was before the appearance of AIDS. And like many rock stars and bands of that era, they were doomed from the start. Too much excess with no anchor to keep them grounded. It didn't help matters that they surrounded themselves with an entourage that were absolute trash, but that is just the mother in me talking.
The book is a road map of his life from his early years to the present. Nothing more than that.
All in all I was satisfied with the purchase. A great read? No. But interesting just the same.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lacks Personal Insight 28 juin 2014
Par Darcia Helle - Publié sur
An important bit of information is missing from this book's description, which is that it's an unauthorized biography. Robert Plant refused to take part in the writing of this book. Consequently, the content is absent any insight into his thoughts, emotions, and motivations in both his career and his personal life.

The first few chapters track Plant's childhood, but this is told from the perspective of outsiders and long ago school friends. While interesting, conclusions reached are strictly supposition. The rest of the book mostly tracks his recording career, his life story told in terms of his musical evolution.

For the most part, everything here is lifted from old interviews, articles, and books already published on Led Zeppelin. The author did not speak to anyone close to Plant for this book, including his surviving band members. If you've read a good book on the band (not Hammer of the Gods), then you probably already know most of what's written in this biography.

I didn't feel there was much effort to supply readers with depth. Early in the book, the author states that, since Plant is not a musician, he has difficulty expressing what he wants musically to the band. Later, we find him strumming the tunes on a guitar. As a fan, I know that he does now play guitar, though I don't think he did early in his career. I have no idea when he picked up the instrument. The author apparently doesn't know either, and he made no attempt to find out or clarify such a simple fact.

Another problem I have with this book is that there are at least a couple glaring factual errors. The most prominent of these is the author's claim that Plant's son Karac died at the age of seven. He was, in fact, five years old when he died. Another oddity comes with Plant's youngest son, Jesse. The author claims his birth mother is shrouded in mystery, despite most everyone knowing his mother is the sister of Plant's ex-wife.

I grew up loving Led Zeppelin, and have followed Robert Plant's career since. I was excited to see a biography had finally been written about him, and was hoping for something that would go deeper than his sexcapades and the turmoil of the Zeppelin days. In that respect, this book is a disappointment. What we have is more a chronology of events, rather than a biography. Still, Robert Plant remains a powerful figure in the musical world and I'm happy one author has finally attempted to commemorate that journey.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Bad; Not Great 26 février 2014
Par M. A. Barbour - Publié sur
I thought this was a fairly interesting book. After a while though, the tales of Led Zeppelin tours got to be a bit repetitious...tour, do the concert, drink, take drugs, sleep with oodles of groupies...repeat. I liked it better when Zeppelin ended and it got more into what Robert did after that. My favorite period of his career was when he and Alison Krauss recorded Raising Sand. Too bad they never made a follow up to that.

The author might want to change a few things for the paperback edition. Stephen Stills is not Canadian; he was born in Dallas, Texas. Karac Plant was five, not seven, when he died. Also, from everything else I've read, Maureen Plant's sister, Shirley, is the mother or Robert's youngest son, Jesse. Personally, I find that a really weird situation and have wondered if Maureen has anything to do with her sister. Jesse would be Carmen and Logan's half brother and cousin. You can understand when he says Christmas with the family is interesting. It doesn't sound as if Robert has ever been faithful to any one woman. Wonder how Patty Griffin deals with that or if he's finally settled down. Guess we'll have to wait and see if Robert ever writes a book, but I've heard him say he won't and that he "doesn't remember" what went on back in the day.
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