"Good Times Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band" by Ralph Hulett and Jerry Prochnicky
Certainly with Led Zeppelin, their image is central to the appeal of the band. No matter if Led Zeppelin was performing in a small club or a large outdoor festival, the visions of Robert Plant preening with a microphone and Jimmy Page marching with his guitar captivate an audience just as much as does the music.
So wrongly called "the quiet one," John Paul Jones livens up the book as he plays mandolin in a particularly memorable shot with his wife and daughters at home in England.
John Bonham's appearance is never better typified than when he is seen wearing a Snoopy shirt with the words, "I wish I could bite somebody ... I need a release from my inner tensions!"
Samples from the book:
Led Zeppelin explored Japan's culture with great enthusiasm. All the members bought cameras and had a field day with them. Here, Page and Plant are totally engrossed in the task at hand. "Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times"; Abrams, 2009; photo credit Koh Hasebe / Shinko Music Archives
May 12, 1969. When he heard Led Zeppelin play for the first time in California, photographer Robert Knight was blown away and quickly helped them secure a gig in Hawaii. When the band got off the plane in Honolulu, Knight took pictures of them clutching reel-to-reel boxes that no doubt contained the works-in-progress that would become Led Zeppelin II. Knight recalled, "I met the band at the airport, with a VW and camera bag. I got some terrific shots of them at the house they rented at Diamond Head -- learning to surf, strolling the beach, and other very mad behavior." "Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times"; Abrams, 2009; photo credit Robert M. Knight
Photographer Ron Raffaelli worked with Led Zeppelin mostly in 1969, accompanying the band on several European and U.S. tours and documenting sessions for Led Zeppelin II at Quantum Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Primarily, though, he's known for his striking images of Zeppelin taken at his Hollywood studio. Here, he was able to bring out the spontaneous individuality of the band members while also illustrating the group's unity. "Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times"; Abrams, 2009; photo credit Ron Raffaelli / www.mobiusgallery.net
Check out this full review of "Good Times Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band" as posted on LedZeppelinNews.com prior to the book's publication in October.