Author of the new Led Zeppelin book called “Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond–The Story of Rock’s Greatest Manager”, Mark Blake spoke in an interview with Real Clear Life and revealed the untold story about the power sturggle between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Here’s the statement:
“They’re both very different people. What it took at that time was to let them go away and be creative and get on with what they wanted to do. Led Zeppelin was Jimmy Page’s band.
It was his idea and he put it together and brought the others in. The first person that came in was Peter and then they got the others. As time went on Robert Plant became more of a focal point within the group as the lead singer does and started writing more songs.
Peter (legendary Led Zeppelin manager) also had to deal with negotiating and handling him delicately as well. I suspect the other two understood and somewhat knew their role in the band.
There was a power struggle between Page and Plant. Peter had to keep both of them happy and the other two as well.”
Interviewer said ‘What was life after Zeppelin like for Peter Grant?’, Mark responded:
“He was a very proud grandfather when he died. After all that madness on the road with Led Zeppelin, he lived the last few years of his life very peacefully and very quietly. He looked after his grandkids because he was good at babysitting. That was his life.
He couldn’t be further removed from how it was in the Zeppelin days. He died young [at 60] but he wasn’t trying to relive the life he’d had earlier. He knew it was time to move and he did. There was something quite dignified in that. He wasn’t the ogre he portrayed himself as.”
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