Tag Archives: Led Zeppelin

How AC/DC Turned Loss into Triumph with “Back in Black”

The rock and roll world recently exploded with rumors that AC/DC was finally calling it quits. Unfortunately, those rumors included speculation that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering a debilitating health problem. The band responded with some … Continue reading

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“What You Want Is in the Limo”: Michael Walker Discusses the Birth of the Modern Rock Star

The year 1973 was a traumatic one for the world, but it was a great time for rock and roll. While America wallowed in Watergate and the Yom Kippur War raged in the Middle East, the rock world witnessed an … Continue reading

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Visual Storytelling in Today’s “All Access” Era

Access. It’s the most valuable currency of celebrity journalism. Photojournalists Bob Gruen and Ken Regan built celebrated careers by getting access to coveted rock stars such as Madonna, whom Ken Regan photographed as she was about to become a star. … Continue reading

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My Cold-Weather Rock and Roll

Winter has tightened its grip on Chicago. On a Friday afternoon in early December, the temperatures feel like they are dropping by the minute. The sun escapes the chill of the day early, leaving behind long shadows and an occasional … Continue reading

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How One Tweet from Jimmy Page Turned “Ramblize” into a Media Sensation

How did an obscure song that was languishing on YouTube for two years suddenly capture the interest of music journalists? Two words: Jimmy Page. Here’s the scoop: on November 15, the guitar god shared via Twitter a cryptic message about … Continue reading

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Memorable Album Covers: The Sensual Soul of “Al Green’s Greatest Hits”

Al Green oozes playful sensuality on the cover of Al Green’s Greatest Hits. The album was a popular summation of his career when it was released in April 1975, showcasing his sweet, aching voice on songs such as “Let’s Stay … Continue reading

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Ahmet Ertegun: The Man Who Changed Music

What do you have on your Spotify playlist right now? Chances are that Ahmet Ertegun had a hand influencing the music you’ve chosen. As founder and president of Atlantic Records, Ertegun signed and nurtured musicians who shaped the sound of … Continue reading

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Creating Art from Failure: The Design of the “Houses of the Holy” Album Cover

Great artists turn limitations into strengths. Case in point: the cover art for Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, the subject of my latest post in a series that celebrates memorable album covers. The story of this astonishing design begins … Continue reading

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From Eminem to Warhol: creating art out of vinyl

Daniel Edlen makes art out of vinyl LPs. Yup, I’m talking about the shiny black LPs that defined how we experienced music in the pre-digital era, which have become in vogue again more than 60 years after vinyl was introduced. … Continue reading

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The marketing genius of “Led Zeppelin IV”

Imagine if Apple unveiled the latest iPhone without a logo or if Lady Gaga had released Born This Way without her name, face, or album title on the cover. That’s what Led Zeppelin did 40 years ago when the band … Continue reading

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