Friday, April 16, 2021

Beast

 


It sounds like someone has produced a proper, well-researched biography of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and that's a good thing. What is desperately needed, as far as music icons of the 60s and 70s are concerned, is for someone to clear up all of the misconceptions and bullshit and just tell the truth about the people who lived and made music during that era.

Dave Grohl has written the forward for the book:

“John Bonham played the drums like someone who didn’t know what was going to happen next – like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff. No one has come close to that since, and I don’t think anybody ever will. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time.

“You have no idea how much he influenced me. I spent years in my bedroom – literally fucking years – listening to Bonham’s drums and trying to emulate his swing or his behind-the-beat swagger or his speed or power. Not just memorising what he did on those albums but getting myself into a place where I would have the same instinctual direction as he had.

Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin is set to tell the story of Bonham’s rise from being a self-taught drummer at the age of five to being in one of the most successful rock bands all of all time. He died in 1980 at the age of 32. 

To this day, Bonham is posthumously described as one of the most important and influential drummers in rock – often topping best-of lists. Adam Budofsky, managing editor of Modern Drummer, once wrote [via Blabbermouth]: “If the king of rock ‘n’ roll was Elvis Presley, then the king of rock drumming was certainly John Bonham.”

There's no question about the impact of Bonham's drumming. What I hope the book can do is separate the man from the myth and just tell the truth of what went on in those days.  

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