Friday, March 10, 2017

Led Zeppelin; Stairway to Excess

Obviously Led Zeppelin is not a punk band, and was even disdained by punkers as a "Dinosaur" group slated for extinction. But besides The Dickies cover of "Communication Breakdown" which the original Zeppelin version is pretty proto punkish in my opinion) there are more connections to the scene than one might think. They did hang out at the English Disco with the  groupies referred to previously and of course there was Jimmy Page's S&M and Satanism. Interesting bit of info from article below....
February 1975, backstage at Madison Square Garden: Perhaps as an answer to Truman Capote’s hanging around the Stones, William Burroughs was there, enlisted to interview Jimmy for the underground rock magazine Crawdaddy. (Burroughs came to a show, spent two sessions interviewing Jimmy, then wrote mostly about himself and arcane black-magic practices.) .....

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    "A high school acquaintance, Victor Hayden, introduced Des Barres to his cousin Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, a musician and friend of Frank Zappa. Van Vliet in turn introduced her to Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, which drew her to the rock music scene on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. She started to spend her time with the Byrds and other bands, and when she graduated from high school in 1966, she took various jobs that would allow her to live near the Sunset Strip and pursue relationships with rock musicians. One high school art class assignment was to visualize an object that showed both texture and color. Having fantasized about Mick Jagger's genitals, she made them the subject of her painting, which earned her an "A" grade.[3] After securing a position as the babysitter for Zappa's children, she at last found herself a few years later finding multiple opportunities to compare the drawing with the actual object.[3] She famously paired up as a friend to a lot of old school rockers, as well as with future sexual partners Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon,[3][4] Nick St. Nicholas, Noel Redding, Jim Morrison, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, and actors Brandon deWilde, Michael Richards, Woody Allen and Don Johnson."