By Stephen Davis
A close-up examine the mythical rock band candidly discusses Led Zeppelin's successes and excesses within the Nineteen Seventies, describing an outrageous global of intercourse, medicines, and rock 'n' roll and delivering a interesting account of the realm of contemporary song. Reprint.''
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The result was a sorry batch of songs, mostly demos from unknown composers. Among the standouts were "Little Games," which had a nice bowed cello section by John Paul Jones; "White Summer," Jimmy's raga madrigal (related to the traditional English folk song "She Moved through the Fair") that was his solo showpiece in concert; and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" and "Glimpses," both of which featured Jimmy's strange bowing technique for the first time on record. "Ghmpses" is also an example of the mixed-media presentations the Yardbirds were performing in concert, bedrock psychedelia with ominous chanting, sitar and bowed guitar fragments, and distorted radio voices.
Twenty-two years old, six feet two, a gold earring dangling from one ear. Cole became a central character in Led Zeppehn's rise to the top. In time his antics with Led Zeppelin created his own legend for Richard Cole, the ultimate road manager, the complete rock soldier. Cole was bom in east London in 1945. He started his pub one day in 1965 some- career as a scaffolder, but in a one offered him a job as a roadie for an English band called Two. By 1966 he was making twenty pounds a week road-managing the Who until his driver's license was revoked for speeding.
For a time he had a duo with Alexis Komer, the London bluesman, and they played a few gigs around Birmingham and cut a record that was released years later as a Komer album track. Then Robert failed an audition with Denny Cordell, Joe Cocker's manager. Somewhat dispirited, Robert joined a band called Hobbstweedle, named after the J. R. R. Tolkien trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which every good hippie had read by then. That was when he got the first telegram from Peter Grant. The following weekend Jimmy, Peter Grant, and Chris at the Hobbstweedle gig at a dismal teachBirmingham.