London: Vision On, 2002. FIRST EDITION, hardback (also issued in softback), SIGNED on flyleaf by Preston. Folio, pp.192. With EXCLUSIVE PRINT of the band, Los Angeles, 1976 ('The Song Remains The Same' era). A quality publication- this is a fine copy in the beautiful suede slip-case; book and case decorated with the four designs (1 each to both upper and lower covers) as originally featured on the classic 1971 LP 'Led Zeppelin IV' which spawned the elegiac 'Stairway to Heaven'- the album now affectionally known as 'Four Symbols'. The box is still in the original shrink-wrap. A superb photo-documentary of studio and live shots, plus portraits, accompanied by Lewis' informative text. One of a handful of truly monster bands, Led Zeppelin are simply the BIGGEST selling band since the Beatles, shifting vinyl on a massive scale, and they refused to even put out singles! According to the RIAA (US record industry's trade organization) Led Zep are second only to the Fab Four in album sales, with a jaw-dropping 105 million units sold. Simply astonishing when compared to album sales of other 'mega' acts such as Madonna (59m.), Michael Jackson (58m.), Rolling Stones ((54m.) and Bob Dylan (23m.). One Led Zeppelin album (Four Symbols) sold 22m. copies alone. The band undertook a collosal touring schedule during the seventies breaking concert attendance records all over the USA and UK, building a huge legend along the way. The immense desire to witness live performance culminated in a 200,000-strong audience at the Knebworth gig in 1979, which proved to be among the band's final live dates. Shortly before embarking on the planned 1980 American tour, drummer John Bonham died of an accidental asphyxiation after an alcohol binge; the remaining band members determined they could not continue as Led Zeppelin. Item #56585
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