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John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin [Paperback]

By Mick Bonham (Author)
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In 1980, John Bonham, considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, died under tragic circumstances. Two months later, a simple letter signed by fellow band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones stated that Bonham could not be replaced. After nine multi-million-selling albums and record-breaking world tours, Led Zeppelin came to an abrupt and premature end. This personal account of John Bonham's life was written by the person who knew him best—his brother, Mick. Beginning with his childhood, the book follows Bonham's rise as the internationally acclaimed drummer of one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Featuring interviews and previously unpublished photos, this is a tribute not only to John Bonham, but also to Mick Bonham, who died after completing this book.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2005
Publisher   Southbank Publishing
ISBN  1904915116  
ISBN13  9781904915119  

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A drummer's drummer  Jul 7, 2007
I may call myself "Guitar Guy" but in my real life I'm a jazz drummer. I worshipped Bonham as a kid and would practice my drums to Zep records. He and Keith Moon were the *best* in my book.
Sadly John Bonham was not as good of a "person" as he was a drummer.
I want to remember him for his talent. Not his misguided drink and drug abuse.
He left a brilliant legacy.
Rock on Mr. Bonham.
Could have been better....  Mar 12, 2007
I've been a diehard Led Zeppelin fan since about 1982 which was when I bought the fourth album. Since then I've bought almost everything Zeppelin that I could get my hands on, bootlegs and all. So it was with great joy that I heard about the long awaited release of this book written by Bonzo's brother. I felt that this book could be one of the best ever since it was authored by a true insider. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are no significant insights here...just cute little stories which don't reveal much about Bonzo that true Zep fans didn't already know. A real disappointment!! I learned more about Bonzo from a 5 minute Simon Kirke (Bad Company) interview on an unofficial DVD than this book. On the other hand, some of the pictures are priceless as most of us fans never saw a young Bonzo without facial hair. That alone may be worth the purchase price. In conclusion, I would not recommend this book to the casual fan...spend your money on something else Zep related.
Good insight into JHB  Nov 3, 2006
This book really gives you a feel for the true Bonzo, aside from the craziness of Zep days. I enjoyed the timetable of what he did between tours, etc. And the anecdotes are priceless. Only 4 stars as I wish it would've been longer. Great piece from his daughter at the end about Bonzo meeting Sting (from the Police). Good reading overall. Rest in Peace Michael Bonham, you did your Bro proud indeed!
For Hardcore Bonham Fans  Nov 2, 2006
Wonderful insight as recanted by his brother Mick. Humerous accounts of episodes ranging from childhood to his tenure with Led Zeppelin. John was a working man with an immense natural talent. His personality and generosity is evidenced from the behind-the-scenes anecdotes that only someone as close as his family would be privy to. John's playing serves as a reference point from which I judge all other rock drummers. John's feel or "Slink" is present right from his early teens. It's his concept of time and his mastery of it that makes his drum tracks so crucial and essential. There's a reason his playing sounds so current and valid today - He knew what, when, and how to play what was needed and with taste, sophistication, and innovation. One can only wonder what new iconic rhythm tracks he would have come up with since his all to early passing.
What you always wanted to know about BONZO  Jul 29, 2006
First i have to tell you that i'm a huge Deep Purple fan, and Zep came always second. Although this changed after looking and listening to the DVD & CD of "How the West was Won"!!!
A remarkable remastering Job that really puts "The Song Remains The Same" wayyyyy in the shadows. My goodness these drums sound sound soooo heavy, the way only a Ludwig drumkit should sound!(Compared with DP's "Made in Japan").

John Henri Bonham always had a special place in my drummers hart, because of his inovating style. He and Ian Paice (allong with a couple of other 70's hero's) really set the trend for the oncoming decades of (Hard) Rock drumming. (My heroes!)
I'd bought this book along with a "Thunder of Drums" (See my review over there as well).

What can i say, the way Mick Bonham tells all kind stories from their chilhood untill John's tragic death. Stories which are breathtaking, very funny, heartbreaking and written in a way that only a brother could have written. You really understand why John was who he was! With his ups and downs, why he often was the Pain in the Bud, but you will understand it and even have compation for him.
* Enough blabbered about everything.
SHORTLY: I really loved the book from A to Z and backwards. And you might expect a similar book as "Thunder of Drums" but it is a totaly different John Bonham (life-)story.
Note: Not for true fans only!!
Enjoy it: Theo

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