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Author: Mick Wall Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781483071664
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Veteran rock journalist Mick Wall unflinchingly tells the story of the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock ’n’ roll standards. Led Zeppelin was the last great band of the 1960s and the first great band of the 1970s—and When Giants Walked the Earth is the full, enthralling story of Zep from the inside, written by a former associate of both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Rich and revealing, it bores into not only the disaster, addiction, and death that haunted the band but also into the real relationship between Page and Plant, including how it was influenced by Page’s interest in the occult. Comprehensive and yet intimately detailed, When Giants Walked the Earth gets into the principals’ heads to bring to life both an unforgettable band and an unrepeatable slice of rock history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The definitive account of rock legends Led Zeppelin.”

    Daily Record

  •  “A fascinating and diligently researched account of rock ’n’ roll excess.”

    Yorkshire Evening Post  

  • “The definitive book about Led Zeppelin…Mick Wall has done a fine job here and certainly knows his stuff.”

    Birmingham Post    

  • “We’ve read about the booze, drugs, devil worship and deviant sex…Mick Wall delves a lot deeper into the dark stuff.”

    Irish Times   

  • “That Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement. That he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so puts this book into the ‘definitive’ category.”

    Classic Rock Magazine

  • “Simon Vance transports the listener back in time to the dawn of heavy metal in rock journalist Wall’s biography of the legendary Led Zeppelin…Vance delivers a gritty performance that captures the spirit of both the band and the late 1960s…Vance’s range of voices and lively, spirited narration enliven the detailed history of the band and the private lives of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. A must for die-hard Zeppelin fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wall painstakingly traces Zeppelin’s development and musical pedigree. His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work…an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As well as being the most complete account yet of a great British rock band, When Giants Walked the Earth is, as its name implies, a document of a bygone age…Wall has done his subject proud.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “So this is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever…Mick Wall, the veteran rock journalist, lays it all bare in a book that can only be described as definitive.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “This fantastic account of Led Zeppelin’s wild and decadent heyday is as detailed and definitive as music biographies get.”

    London Lite

  • “Although much of the material in this book is now the stuff of legend, Wall, a British journalist who spent some time with the band, adds new insights…Simon Vance reads the work as if it’s a Tolkien odyssey or Shakespearean tragedy, immensely dry and proper. This style might seem ironic, given the band’s exploits, but it perfectly fits their quintessential Britishness in a way fans will surely appreciate.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 11/24/2013

    " I was not a fan of the narrative gimmick employed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/19/2013

    " Some good facts about what these guys were doing before getting together to become Led Zeppelin.Didn't really tell me any facts that I did not know.Not as gossipy as "Hammer of the Gods" which is another Led Zeppelin biography.Probably only for hardcore fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 10/17/2013

    " I'm not too far in this, but already this is a pretty insightful book into the group. The whole thing is pretty informal, which is almost a detriment-- but it gets at what rules and what is lame about Zep, all at once. It's nice to read something that gets both sides-- esp. w/r/t the band's habit of not acknowledging the source of its songs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan | 9/7/2013

    " A must if you're a Led Zeppelin fan, but I doubt any non-fan would get to the end. They are just not nice people! Lots of detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 7/2/2013

    " Informative, yet entertaining biography of a band that, although I grew up with them, I didn't fully understand their history. I listened to the audiobook version- the only thing that would have made it better was if they had been able to include song clips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabela | 6/22/2013

    " amazing!! such a led zepellin fan after reading it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/21/2013

    " Full biography of the group, from pre-Zeppelin to the present--as recent as summer 2009. Includes 24 black-and-white and color photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/15/2012

    " Power to The Zep! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/12/2012

    " not a whole lot different than Hammer of the Gods, more details maybe, but most interesting to me was the realtionships of the band, especially after Plant's son died, and Page's heroin addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/29/2011

    " I was not a big fan of the inner monologe sections, but they were very useful in providing background influences and allowed me to use the book as a springboard to dive deeper into pre-Zeppelin music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 8/27/2011

    " Loved a lot of the history of the band that wasn't featured in Hammer of the Gods. This account could have used more salacious "shark incident" type dirt and fewer italicized "flashback" stories. Overall, I'll read anything ever written about Zep so evs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/2/2011

    " 3.5 if there were 1/2 stars. Interesting history of the group. Learned more about the making of the albums than the personalities of the band members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 7/23/2010

    " so far i am really please with the movement of this book. The first person narrative is a little annoying but it give you a better understanding of where the band came from "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/11/2009

    " Loved it, Found the chapter on Crowley brilliant indepth and a great addition to the book. "

About the Author

Mick Wall was the founding editor of Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of numerous music titles, including books on John Peel, Iron Maiden, Don Arden, and Black Sabbath. He ghosted XS All Areas: the Autobiography of Status Quo and is a former DJ on Capital Radio.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.