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Led Zeppelin

My teen-age obsession with Led Zeppelin's music grew into an obsession with the Led Zeppelin story. It was a source of fascination for me: The band's existence spanned 12 years, 10 albums. Their time together ended, but three of them remained alive, all of them active in music, two of them working together again. Thus, in 1998, I began to publish a daily online newsletter called "On This Day in Led Zeppelin History" based on any book or magazine article I could get my hands on.

Three years into publishing the newsletter, I caught the attention of the group's John Paul Jones, and in 2001 we met over four enlightening hours in which I asked him just about everything I wanted to know about his time with the group and since. Excerpts of the interview originally appeared in my newsletter in subsequent months and can now be found here.

Around the time I graduated college, my work on the newsletter served as the topic of a 2002 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and published elsewhere too. Something Jones told me in my interview made it into the pages of Q magazine's 2003 special issue dedicated to Led Zeppelin. Specifically, it revealed the artist's witty and revealing answer to the question of whether he'd ever attended a Page/Plant concert; he said there was Live Aid, a reunion concert where his participation was an afterthought and barely noticed.

Since 2002, I've enjoyed a longstanding association with Brian Knapp, who appointed me the curator of his extensive and lauded collection of Led Zeppelin memorabilia. With his direction, I created an exhaustive database detailing information about every piece in his inventory. The collection is continuously updated several times a year.

Despite it being ready to fill a museum, Knapp's collection rarely sees the light of day. Occasionally, he allows certain items to appear in print, supporting Led Zeppelin book projects. One such project was the 2012 hardcover book "Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World" by Denny Somach. I also contributed text for this book, including a long chronology of the band and an annotated discography.
John Paul Jones and I met again in 2004, by which time I was able to follow up on one particular topic we visited during the 2001 interview. He was glad to be informed he'd previously been crediting the wrong blues/psychedelia concept album as containing a rolling bass line that inspired him to write Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog." For more on that story, visit here.

In 2007, I started a new website called "Lemon Squeezings: Led Zeppelin News." It proved to be a well-timed opportunity as I was soon covering the lead-up to the reunion concert by the group's surviving members and Jason Bonham, as well as investigating attempts in 2008 to pursue a new touring and recording project. In 2009, I had the most in-depth interview with the tight-lipped Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on his earlier time spent rehearsing in secrecy with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham. For more on that story, visit here.

In 2008, I was profiled with an interview in Frank Reddon's hardcover book "Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin; Volume One, Break & Enter." Also around this time, I authored a few articles for Goldmine magazine and the long-running Led Zeppelin fanzine Tight But Loose.

Since 2009, I have regularly contributed scripts and supplemental audio to the radio show "Carol Miller's Get the Led Out." The show broadcasts daily vignettes about Led Zeppelin's history, and an hour-long episode also airs each week. Carol hosts the show from her flagship station, New York's Q104.3 FM, and it is syndicated in other markets nationwide. The show occasionally features exclusive interview segments with Jimmy Page.
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