Speaking to Real Clear Life, author of the new book called “Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond–The Story of Rock’s Greatest Manager”, Mark Blake has revealed an interesting fact about Led Zeppelin.
“Were you surprised by anything while researching the book?”
“I didn’t realize the extent of the greed and the backstabbing that went on towards the end of Led Zeppelin. I was surprised by how greedy some people became. There was so much money going through that band.
When Bonham died the band said they weren’t going to continue but there was enormous pressure from other people, not Peter, and the record company for them to go on. People didn’t want their cash cow to end.”
On power struggles in Led Zeppelin, he said:
“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 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.”
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