First published in 195, Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis (subtitled The Led Zeppelin Saga) is a controversial biography of legendary rock band, Led Zeppelin. Davis used to be a journalist for the Rolling Stone magazine and joined the band for two week while they did their U.S. tour in 1975. Davis did numerous interviews with the band members, tour crews, friends, and even lovers. From those interviews, Davis retells many colorful and shocking stories of unbelievable “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” madness connected with Led Zeppelin. All band members and most people around them denied most of the stories. However, who is telling the truth here?
Cover and Details of Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis (PDF)
- Title: Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga
- Author: Stephen Davis
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Date Published: August 1, 1997
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572973064
- ISBN-13: 9781572973060
Summary of the Book
They were legends based on myths—myths of fantasy, power, and black magic. The tales of their tours were the most outrageous in the already excess-laden annals of modern music. The era of Led Zeppelin personified sex, drugs, and rock & roll.
Based on interviews with the band’s musicians, friends, employees, and lovers, Hammer of the Gods tells the shocking story of Led Zeppelin’s successes and excesses in the 70’s when Zeppelin reigned as the industry’s biggest act.
Exclusive sources. Documents. Interviews. Photos. Revelations about a band and an industry at its shameless peak. Read it all, and see why Hammer of the Gods is a classic of rock journalism in its own right.
Reviews of Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga
Cigarettes with batteries in them? Beer with no alcohol in it? Backstage passes to spiritual gurus, therapists, personal trainers, and dietary consultants instead of groupies and dope peddlers?…Although it’s hard to separate much of what passes for fact here from myth—even with a crowbar—it’s nearly untouchable when it comes to tawdry, lurid, cheap thrills, everything from rumored Faustian bargains with Lucifer to groupie, baked bean, marine life, cocaine, and heroin abuse…Thirty-seven years on at the time of this writing, as we’re still adjusting to a kinder, gentler, fuzzier, and warmer music biz—but infinitely more fucked up in most other regards—“Hammer of the Gods” will still leave you feeling unclean for having read it. Worth tracking down. (by Dr. Detroit, goodreads.com)
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