Coming on November 9th via Penguin Press — just over 50 years to the day of Led Zeppelin‘s legendary untitled fourth album (Led Zeppelin IV) — is author Bob Spitz‘s new book on the band, titled Led Zeppelin: The Biography. Spitz is best known for his critical acclaimed 2005 biography, The Beatles.

According to the book’s official announcement:

Bob Spitz takes the music seriously, and brings the band’s artistic journey to full and vivid life. The music is only part of the legend, however: Led Zeppelin is also the story of how the 60’s became the 70’s, of how playing in clubs became playing in stadiums and flying your own jet, of how innocence became decadence.

Led Zeppelin may not have invented the groupie, and they weren’t the first rock band to let loose on the road, but they took it to an entirely new level, as with everything else. Not all the legends are true, but in Bob Spitz’s careful accounting, what is true is astonishing, and sometimes disturbing.

Led Zeppelin gave no quarter, and neither has Bob Spitz. Led Zeppelin is the full and honest reckoning the band has long awaited, and richly deserves.


  • Led Zeppelin IV was released on November 8th, 1971 and peaked at Number Two on the Billboard 200 charts.
  • The album has sold 32 million copies worldwide — including 23 million in the U.S. alone.

CHECK IT OUT: 1971 home movies of Led Zeppelin in Japan: