Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, began to stir up some serious magic for their fans. The timeless team reappeared on stage for MTV Unplugged. The ‘Unledded’ TV special and No Quarter tour enlarged on an earlier Page/Plant recording [Bombay 1972] of Friends and Four Sticks, accompanied by an Indian orchestra. Page and Plant have worked diligently to perfect variations on their classy eye-opening act since that first true-blue reunion tour. Their unique chemistry, individually, and in tandem as the two Led Zeppelin frontmen, is certainly electric, precious, and rare. Most entertainers hope to achieve this highly coveted “iron-clad guarantee” of solid rapport the audience enjoys while Walking Into Clarksdale. Few do. Page and Plant are two masters with the “hermetic seal” of success, bringing us a new chapter for their greater Mercurial biography.
The significance of titles like Super Star and Legend have unique meaning for Page/Plant fans, even among those discriminating and cautious skeptics who have learned by experience to use care when passing out personal power units to entertainers and public figures of stage and screen. Today a world wise audience, street smart and sophisticated, will look beyond stagy illusions that can lack substantive content. Special effects, tinsel, glitz, and plastic (impressive in tasteful amounts of razzle dazzle) can assist a rock & roll show with valid pizzazz, like Led Zeppelin. By itself, packaging does not go the distance. We want content! We want substance! We want the essential ingredient!! Page and Plant deliver ~~ every time!!
As we are swept through the final stage of Pisces into the New Aeon characterized by vivid Aquarian individuality, music is thoroughly investigated and documented in museums throughout the United States. Pisces is an empathic sign, very conscious of the way mainstream atmosphere contributes to creative work. As the power of Pisces phases through the last degrees of the sign, the conclusion will realign global focus. Artists must decide the treasures of the era we will save. New waves are passing through the Aquarian filter to emphasize future cosmic collectives just visible on the horizon. The record will show we want young children to learn music – and that all types of music can be taught in the community context, via rare exhibits of memorabilia gathered for rock & roll museums with biographical, educational, and historical documentation. It is our good fortune we have artists of phenomenal quality, like the members of Led Zeppelin, with the presence of mind to look past superficiality and store up CD documentaries, mini-series, and printed volumes prepared with future generations in mind. People who will never hear live performances by John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, or B.B. King will at least know who the artist really is – for us.
What holds our attention and fascinates us?
Walking Into Clarksdale is the traditional quest based on an implication that we share in the mainstream. Page and Plant launched their “Walking Into….” tour in the best tradition of Mighty Zeppelin as a subtle reference to spirit as concealed treasure. All alchemical schools teach we must investigate, as a constant search, those ‘auto-projections’ we dub as real world surroundings – an environment full of sights, sounds, scents, texture and taste we expect. There are no surprises, nothing outside the definition of what we know will be there when we wake up every day. This is the big sleeper issue of the Piscean Era. Tricking the left brain into an encounter with akasha [spirit in matter] is an art form. In the realm of Carlos Castenada, the ‘spirit-catcher’ captures the sound of silence. Georgia O’Keefe infused akasha into her flower canvas. Fellini planned characters to come at you so fast it is easy to see their origin inside us.
Page and Plant looked in back of and underneath large and small venues in the South that produced extended musical tracks initiated in Clarksdale. Spirit cannot be recognized by the lower five senses in the cement world without liberating instructions on the table. Walking Into Clarksdale maps a way we can free up standard left brain security systems that repeat the waking conscious paradigm everywhere.
Among those on Jimmy and Robert’s personal playlists during the creation of Walking Into Clarksdale were the British world dance outfit Trans Global Underground, the Sikh drummer troupe The Dhol Foundation, Angle-Arabic chanteuse Natasha Atlas and the late Jeff Buckley, who Jimmy and Robert had visited to express their admiration in the year before he left this dimension. As ever, Jimmy and Robert, who first got together 30 years ago to share an enthusiasm for Joan Baez and Howlin’ Wolf, remain true-blue music fans.
-Source: Atlantic Homepage
Led Zeppelin decided to leave center stage when they were still at the top of the charts. Perhaps the unexpected change of plan forced a cut in their long term career strategy plans, including a contemporary tribute to earlier heroes. In a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Robert Plant referred to his reunion tours with Jimmy Page as the recognition of “soul brothers.” Ken Zearfoss writes in RELIX 15, #1, To acknowledge the tremendous influence black American blues musicians had upon England in the mid-60. Men such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf toured the country in those days, inspiring scores of local white bands to follow in their musical footsteps.
San Francisco/Bay Area people I’ve spoken with between sets during the Page-Plant tour praise the ‘unreal experience’ promised by the golden ticket. The team will certainly summon higher consciousness of any crowd within earshot of their performance. As subtle energy craftsmen, both empathic sound weavers remain true to consistent [mighty Zep standards like ‘Whole Lotta Love’] structural blueprints and build layered sub-text for the show. The song list is like a collection of elusive, essential metals, and freed of dross, will manage to work on an audience like a soft clay that can transfix concentric rings of admirers. This is one audience encouraged to shed its pedestrian miseries and float above common mortal turmoil. Individually and as a team, Page and Plant have forged ahead of the rest of the pack for several years. What is their secret… that makes them so popular, unique, and unhindered by properties of time or place?
Look into both nativities and the star maps for the reunions in 1994 and 1998, and revelations are brought into the light. Keep in mind that in alchemy there is this understanding: For the ordinary man, spirit is figuratively absorbed by the physical temple; but in the case of the true philosopher, the spirit is so greatly increased in power that it absorbs into itself and is nourished by man’s corporeal body. The statement, explored in the greatly undervalued Page-Plant video, Most High.
Jimmy Page, a Capricorn native, has an architectural sense of structure, clearly apparent in his composure and patterning style. His Mercurial quickness in the department of precise equations, is credited to an exact conjunction between his Sun and Mercury in Capricorn, within a degree of perfect, burning up most of the energy and power of both heavenly bodies unless those forces at hand are instantly infused into something. This aspect, known as a “combust” conjunction, has an intensely agitating effect on his nervous system unless the energy is immediately applied as fast as it is generated. At times he must feel like he is walking a high wire and balancing two objects on either side of a long pole – somewhat like his logo ZoSo. His overwhelming energy dynamic requires an ideal outlet for the consistent flow of psycho-kinetic energy units into his system.
Jimmy Page probably discovered at a fairly early age how to direct his awesome power and presence into creative and constructive activities. Intuitively, people near him must sense these urges and archetypal characteristics as harnessed, like a team of champion horses… Socrates often used the idea of the accomplished Charioteer when teaching about individuals with this type of chemistry. The insights he has are brilliant and come forward into the waking conscious mind as full, detailed pictures. His memory could be reviewed using the “bread crumb path” technique.
Anyone who has seen the Led Zeppelin film, “The Song Remains The Same”, knows that Jimmy Page was born while the Sun was moving through the sign of earthy Capricornus, the goat-fish who brought culture and civilization to the world. Positive Capricorns are distinguished by favoring the tried and true path up the mountain side. The fantasy segment Page designed within the framework of the Led Zeppelin movie, incorporates the allegory of the “Misty Mountain” with its hidden yet ever present steps that form the path to the peak. Once the judge refrains from, “NO”, and instructs HOW to act appropriately, the judge and teacher merge and provide the “light on the path” held by the teacher in the movie. The technique is symbolized astrologically by Jupiter sextile Saturn in Gemini.
Plant’s fantasy sequence shows him on the same quest, following the arc [negotiating] pattern, also ascending upward taking a spiral path (ancient Celtic tradition). This may or may not be “subconscious” guidance providing Plant with experiences he wants to have at the conscious level. Plant is known for his support of the annual Glastonbury Tor music festivals ~~ ancient journey to the top of the Tor is in a spiral pathway around the mountain. Oversoul could have added some intriguing details to his film story, catching and making the most of a perfect opportunity on the horizon. His Sun to Saturn conjunction within one degree of perfect in Leo, The Lion really defines the vision of the “chief” with the same universal range as Page. The Sun/Saturn aspect within Plant’s chart appears less than a degree away from Page’s Jupiter in Leo @ near 26 degrees. [The last ten degrees of Leo, symbolized by Corvus, the raven, are ruled by Mars. More than survival instincts, strength of will, and power instincts, the “king maker” Regulus, adds strong motivators. The keyword for these ‘king of the jungle’ degrees is Ambition. Both men are known for their “flowing mane”.] These forces of nature play to the arts, healing, and a greater enactment. Ancient theatres also dedicated events to the teaching that the soul’s true home, free from material form, is a higher octave where one is able to reclaim a natural expression of self. The search for this truth represented by the Glastonbury Tor journey, guides the pilgrim through the ascending seven circuit labyrinth to the ‘centre’ of the pattern a the top of the hill.
At the 1993 festival, Plant observed, “Glastonbury is the reason that festivals should exist. Its like those festivals used to be in Atlanta and Texas and Seattle. I know these are socially very different times, but back in the day the atmosphere was one of community and everybody contributed, everybody was involved, everybody who came through the gate was doing their best to make it something really special. That element’s still there at Glastonbury.”
Regardless, his light at the top of the spiral ascent [click photo], filmed at RAGLAN CASTLE in Wales, was the same illuminating brilliance that Page enjoyed when he completed his long climb. Although Page employs the lantern [wisdom in the material world of ignorance] and Plant he candle, both use the idea of the “FLAME” to convey quiet soul power. Self-realization quests fuel oversoul. Follow the status of Jupiterian fire [Page and Plant] via sustaining profession and repetoire for an audience. The same ‘spirit in matter’ blueprint fascinated Zep favorite Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The ‘flame of truth’ architect who designed Hammerwood carried fire-akasha across the pond with his design for the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U. S. Capitol, the White House, and other American landmarks.
Jimmy Page uses his Jupiter in Leo visually via imagery from Tarot Trump IX Hermit or Sage, holding the lantern light in the midst of darkness. As the Judge/Teacher in the film, the benevolent character [Higher Mind] is partly revealed. The sub-text suggestion of theurgy, the highest point (summit) according to the Greeks (and early Christians as well) is implied. Unconsciously Page may have directed his sequence with this message in mind because his Jupiter activates the planet of metamorphosis and regeneration there.
Plant’s Jupiter in Sagittarius (Jupiter’s own sign, The Centaur or Archer) also a fire sign, is closely linked to candle flame. Both these performers essentially have basic life paths built on the turning line, as seen in the stage light spirals during the “10 SPOT” TV special (filmed in Bucharest, Bulgaria at Sala Polivalenta in mid-1998). They accurately identify their lessons in life, although they superficially appear to be different at the level of the material illusion. The Jupiter to Saturn business planet aspects from these two nativities and current charts indicate Page would be the partner first at the door as it opens into music business.
Music from Page and Plant opens the doors of perception at the higher degree of soul awareness and coordinate power units composing spiritual paradigms to engage religious/political thought forms operative within both the nativities.
Our initial clues as per harmonics, ideally hoped for with a Page/Plant resurgence, surfaced on July 13, 1985 – LIVE AID – when Zeppelin companions reunited at JFK Stadium in the City of Brotherly Love. The reunion with John Paul Jones, and accompaniment by Paul Martinez, Tony Thompson and Phil Collins was a festival highlight, inspiring kindred souls in the crowd as if cloaked in a full spectrum rainbow after a quick summer rain. Page’s progressed Sun moved to zero degrees Pisces then, quincunx (150 degrees apart) to Plant’s progressed Mercury completing his sojourn through the sign of the orator and public speaker, Libra (vocals, communication, delivery). Pisces and Libra styles combined, resonating with a Sanskrit word meaning ‘prayer, hymns, and sticks,’ for stirring Soma. At LIVE AID, audience imagination tuned to early Sol traces of Page’s mystical poet and impressionist. Combined with Plant’s progressed Sun, Mercury and Neptune in Libra, the very personification of PR finesse and adroitness (especially with the press) the world audience was subtly aware of something taking form in the wings.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. In fact, Plant’s progressed Sun, Mercury and Neptune first merged in Libra during mid-1982, aptly represented by “Pictures At Eleven” on Swan Song, released in June of that year. The sign of the balance is known for effortless charm, flirtation, and the love of being in love. Libra seeks everlasting love, fairly shared commitment, and the meeting of minds in an ideal relationship. ~~ Burning Down One Side, Moonlight In Samosa, Pledge Pin, Slow Dancer, Worse Than Detroit, Fat Lip, Like I’ve Never Been Gone, Mystery Title – The contributing musicians joining Plant are Robbie Blunt, guitars ~ Paul Martinez, bass ~ Jezz Woodroffe, keyboard and synthesizer ~ Phil Collins and Cozy Powell on drums ~ and Raphael Ravenscroft on saxophone. A video for “Burning Down One Side” was also released.
Following LIVE AID, Page made several guest appearances with Plant on his tour. January of 1986 opened with Page’s Pisces influence firm as a basic undercurrent from the “La Mer” stream of consciousness” ~~ the River Of Life effect. Competitive style and compositional preferences intensified, with rather fragile chords struck, Page, Plant, Jones and Tony Thompson convened in a humble, low profile setting near Peter Gabriel’s studio at Bath, England. The exact opposition (180 degree distance) between Page’s Sun (Leadership) energy and Plant’s need to spiritualize the terrestrial (Saturn in Virgo) created confrontational rather than creative tones in their meeting. While both Sun (Page) and Saturn (Plant) are conscious of the behavioral rituals, routines and rules conceded within any smoothly produced collaboration, both take different viewpoints as to the order of priorities on the day to day “things to do” list. Additionally, Tony Thompson suffered an injury in a car accident. So the Zeppelin reunion attempt returned to a nebulous status once again.
During 1994 a moving phenomenon occurred. Pieces of the puzzle that had been casually scattered began to retake their natural positions, like some marvelous mosaic that simply required thoughtful direction, rearrangement and some TLC. Page had a progressed map that could have taken him anywhere (and may have done so on multi-dimensional planes). His Sun to Mercury conjunction in Cap heated by two progressed power quincunxes, was his ticket to ideal business ventures designed to take off like a rocket and head straight into the stratosphere! The catalyst was Mars, moving into conjunction with Saturn in Gemini, acting as the fuel source for Sun and Mercury, and rounding out the whole program through the Jupiter in Leo sextile, thus infusing Page’s personality with a very mobile (unplugged) wandering minstrel characteristic.
The progressed Mars and Saturn conjunction appeared in the second decan of Gemini, Canis Major, underscoring the singular and admirable faithfulness Page has to his companions and his high ideals. The dramatic effect of these alchemical shifts in Jimmy Page’s life directly impacted Plant’s Leo stellium, the reservoir for much his dynamic power to woo his audience. These new notes that sounded of pure and central truth must have taken Plant to the hub of his own nature, where resides his firm stand against those who use the brilliancy of their intellects to suppress truth and foist superstition on society (that they may profit by its exploitation.) The motivations behind the decision to reclaim center stage could be quite similar from the viewpoint of both musicians, although they could interpret the “will to act” from different perspectives.
April 17, 1994 was the first publicized appearance of Page and Plant in their current incarnation at The Alexis Korner Blues Show at Buxton, England. By August 1994 they were taping performances in London (8/25 & 26), Wales and Morocco in preparation for a TV special, MTV UNLEDDED (scheduled for October airdate). From this project evolved the CD treasure, NO QUARTER, leading in turn to their first true reunion tour in February, 1995.
NO QUARTER composition consisted of Page and Plant, joined by Charlie Jones (bass/percussion), Michael Lee (drums/percussion), Porl Thompson (guitar/banjo), Najma Akhtar (vocals), Jim Sutherland (mandolin/bodbran), Nigel Eaton (hurdy gurdy), and Ed Shearmur (Hammond organ & orchestral arrangements).
Robert Plant cites various recording conditions of the reunion album, No Quarter, as an example of creative freedom: “When we were out in the desert in Morocco playing with those (indigenous) musicians, it was something we’d never dreamed of doing even though we’d driven down dusty tracks for 20 years together – peering into the dusty desert half-light listening to that kind of music. And then suddenly we’re with these people.
We can go back any time and be a part of that again. Or, we can make a very commercial Led Zeppelin-oriented record in time to come. Or we can do whatever the hell we want to do. And that’s basically an extension of what we’ve always done, and it hasn’t done us so badly.”
Tours in ’95 and ’98 were like Zeppelin touring the Global Village with a New World spin. These musicians are challenged to consistently provide better than 99 44/100% pure perfection. It is stunning to hear The Dynamic Duo is still up for fresh production projects more than 30 years after their initial flight out of the barn. John Paul Jones, at long last ready to unveil his own independent project in 1999, is a Capricorn used to being placed securely on a pedestal by the rest of the music industry, and the Zeppelin circle of admirers. His early recollections of formative years reveal something of the pressures felt. “I’ve rated Jimmy Page for years and years. We both came from South London, and even in 1962, I can remember people saying, ‘You’ve got to go and listen to Neil Christian and The Crusaders – they’ve got this unbelievable young guitarist.’ I’d heard of Pagey before I’d heard of Clapton or Beck.” JPJ (The Black Mountain Side website – History)
The 1998 progressions to both nativities once again usher in newer, more provocative musical samples from the smorgasbord of sound Page and Plant enjoy. Plant’s “gourmet” Virgoan Mercury (intellect, the way he thinks) is joined this year in a waxing conjunction formed with his progressed Venus and Saturn within 2 degrees of perfect. Virgo is the critic of the zodiac and proud of it! The January 3 ’98 radio interview with Plant on the British All Classical Music station, reviewed his really long hair selections. Atop list of ’emotional classics’, his favorite is Nesson Dorma by Pavarotti. Asked which composer he would have most liked to have been, he chose Mahler (“I don’t know how much fun he had when he was alive, but he was inspiring”). Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead fame also names Mahler on his short list of personal favorites, by the way. Music which made Plant feel creative was illustrated by an Om Kalsoom Indian piece enjoyed frequently as opening music for Page and Plant on tour during ’95 & ’96 (Says Plant: “Its a good way to start the day and say “Thank god I’m alive”).
ON THE SIDE: Scanning a FAQ assemblage from a fan’s website, a couple of curious propositions from the peanut gallery popped up that I thought could use some clarification, although I make no claims to be an authority on these subjects. There is a recurrent inquiry about “backwards messages” dubbed backmasking, from a California group who claim to be hearing messages from the devil implanted in, or superimposed over, Zeppelin performances of “Stairway To Heaven”. Applying the noted Capricorn classic: “Silence Is Golden”, with the appropriate diplomatic balm, we hear from Jimmy Page: “Well, I don’t pass any comments on them…”
The “stock” response to them has always been something in the vicinity of, “Our turntables only turn forward.” To these well meaning collectors I direct a suggestion. Pick up a copy of Raudive’s book, BREAKTHROUGH, and read it. I believe it was first published in Europe but is now available in the USA. You may also find, “VOICES FROM THE TAPES”, by Peter Bander, somewhat illuminating. He was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and given the highest honors and awards by the Vatican (short of sainthood) for proving beyond a shadow of a doubt there are other dimensions and it is possible for anyone to communicate with entities there by means of a simple tape recorder and diode. Since these scientific experiments were validated by everybody at the global level during the 1970s, during the same decade that Stairway To Heaven was introduced, it is beyond me what these people could have been doing with their time.
Going To California? May began the first of the two leg WALKING INTO EVERYWHERE Tour through America, that eventually reached a couple of Northern California venues. Tickets for both shows were hot, and both huge outdoor amphitheaters filled to capacity. During the first appearance in Concord on Sept 11, it looked as though Page and Plant taping their own “home movie version of WALKING INTO EVERYWHERE”? The encore “curtain calls” from the crowd were so long and loud, I lost count of how many there were. The first time I caught them live, I assumed Page and Plant taped their shows as a matter of form until Shoreline, the following night when no sign of filming or equipment could be detected. Makes you wonder. December 3, 1998 Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany closed the WALKING INTO EVERYWHERE European leg of the tour, so maybe I’ll never know. But Page and Plant might be cooking up something new for us that is still unseen!
During 1998 Page’s notable Earthless chart channeled for Mercury at the first stage of his sojourn through the sign of opalescent light, Pisces. The earthen vessel holds water for spiritual more than intellectual and even physical thirsts. Plant’s current Grand Earth Trine features advantageous business auguries for success with anything he touches. Teamwork enabled both to rack up some very impressive numbers of play time in ’98 and we can expect even more from them in ’99. First, reports straight from UK publication for Zeppelin enthusiasts, Tight But Loose #13: “Now officially confirmed: Led Zeppelin are the second best selling act of all time in the US. Cumulative sales of 68.8 million albums takes them above Garth Brooks (66 million) and behind The Beatles (100 million). Three Zeppelin albums (Zep 2/4/’Physical Graffiti’) showed in the Channel 4 Music For The Millennium Top 100 – the accompanying TV program showed footage of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ from the Albert Hall 1970 show and some perceptive comments from Lloyd Grossman.” (rumors have it there is a new video of the entire Albert Hall show for the year ahead, to make sure we’ll all party like its 1999!)
The balance between the powerful Sun to Mercury conjunction in Pisces (new) for Page in 1999 and Plant’s Grand Earth Trine promises that this team will be prolific during the final year of this century and well into the next one! We’ll probably see more soundtrack work from both, although I personally wish they would dust off, ‘Train Kept A Rollin’, The Yardbirds repertoire, and rework it with John Paul Jones. It seems the European audiences took to the GODZILLA theme, ‘Come With Me’, from the movie soundtrack faster though not necessarily more enthusiastically than US. ‘Come With Me’, entered the UK music charts at #2 – Bigger than life – a dynamite variation from Puff-Daddy and Jimmy Page on the exotic Zeppelin original ‘Kashmir’. Reviews of the Saturday Night Live performance that brought the house down were appropriately generous (all the TV VJs loved it), and the video version, taped with Page in London and Puffy in USA makes you wish more Hollywood suits had their phone number.
The blend of Pisces imaginative caravansary fantasy (Page) and Virgo’s husbandman goal to press the wine from all the varied experiences of life (Plant), the accomplishments at the end of a Page and Plant day is always an extraordinary elixir. VH1 LEGENDS aired their Led Zeppelin documentary featuring rare film from live performances during the 70s era; this mini-movie was well researched, with high entertainment value, excellently narrated by Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler. The September 30, 1998 debut of The Song Remains The Same in its widescreen/letterbox edition for laserdisc raises the hope for a VHS and DVD coming attraction.
MTV Network added a new show during June ’98, with online surveys “looking for diehard fans of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant”. FANatic aired shortly thereafter with a brief interview of Page and Plant by one of their fans. There are numerous websites, tributes, and The Ring Of Zeppelin online, as we take on the millenium. Its our guarantee that the Pisces and Virgo sides of the big picture Page and Plant projected onto the ‘reely big’ screen for us all, will be properly told.
Closing on the topic, one more peculiar notion that seems to hound Zeppelin, mentioned more than once in various documentary specials during 1998 (and probably generally misread) should be addressed. The points are raised with some degree of regularity on FAQ lists as well. Although there might naturally be confusion because Jimmy Page is an avid collector of occult books and paraphernalia, so are several high ranking religious leaders from every known religion. The problem is not so much with Jimmy Page or his activities per se, as with the incredible problem for anyone even remotely linked with the writings of Aleister Crowley, considered by most ‘too hot to handle’.
Although most people have heard of Crowley, few know the way he acquired such bad press. Neophytes are unaware that anyone who investigates or studies black, white, and transcendental magic, doubles as a bibliophile, reviews Wagner and Freud, translates Yi King and other sacred scriptures, etc., etc., etc., is not properly called a Black Arts Practitioner, in [non-European] philosophic and metaphysical circles. Since Crowley contributed to all these libraries with great regularity, such classification is considered inaccurate. I will omit references to his poetry, since there is some degree of doubt as to proper classification there. Crowley was, however, a master mathematician, first solving complex problems for centuries regarded as unsolvable (for which he receives 0 credit). The best way to review Crowley in view of his peculiar public image, is via his own biographical “Confessions” and by carefully investigating Mark Twain’s translation of Louis de Comptes, “Jean d’Arc, By Her Page And Secretary”.
On the surface, both appear to arise from different quarters, yet actually target the same terrible truth. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for communing with an entity borne of a French monk’s transcription error. There is no such entity or force in nature with the name ‘Baphomet’ for Joan to have communed with, although at her trial (charged with witchcraft) it was proven she had done so. Because the great game of musical Vaticans and multiple Popes ran concurrent during the period of France’s war with England, some secret teachings held by Rome leaked out into public domain. Although Crowley and Twain weren’t connected, both knew about the injustice to Joan. Also both men sported the same biting humor, so while both found these conditions repulsive and were unable to correct them, it wasn’t beyond either man to intellectually poke at the source.
You will notice Crowley had his picture taken as, Baphomet, the Supreme and Holy King of Ireland, Iona, and all the Britains that are in the Sanctuary of the Gnosis, O.T.O. – Crowley in full Masonic regalia, c. 1916. Naturally everyone took him seriously because he had provided what they were hoping for – an opportunity for them to take aim and fire. There is no record of hesitation on the part of his critics.
Papers from the BBC Archive reveal how the fledgeling rockers left a panel of light entertainment experts dazed and confused when they applied to record a radio session in 1969…
The audition reports, the subject of a BBC Radio 6Music Christmas Day special with Page, reveal the corporation’s cautious approach to the rock revolution. Radio 1 was set up in 1967 in response to pirate station gaining more BBC listeners.
If you want to penetrate to the subtle style and meaning of metaphysical writing, keep both these texts around for a while, perhaps one under each arm. It boils down to Crowley’s use of titles, imagery, and symbolism that often scares the hell out of most people. They functioned much like the seeing stones in Middle-earth. You know the attraction to them draws people in because they send and receive so much powerful energy. You should also suspect there is a catch. If you try to glimpse a picture of the future via the Palantíri you find yourself in unchartered territory. Because Crowley played the game of embarrassing ‘polite society’ for the explicit purpose of catching intellectually backward groups off guard, he was unanimously referred to in a derogatory way by those with the power of the press at their disposal. His consistent amusement over his ability to arouse such indignation only deepened sentiment against him. However, this does not invalidate his critique of some popular ‘old boys networks’ of his day. (No one seems to refer to it in the written Led Zeppelin FAQ lists.) Remember there were no less than four popes in the Christian world during the life of St. Joan! Loyalty to the Pope in Rome caused Joan and those from her village more grief than history has recorded.
Congratulations at last! Led Zeppelin delivers May Fete – big time!
New York Times music critic reviews joint CD and DVD release of what we hear will sum up the very last remnant stashed in Zep’s magic treasure box.
CRITIC’S CHOICE | NEW CD’S
… “The music is divided into a three-CD package and a two-DVD set, each with completely different material. The Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who was largely responsible for compiling the set, has intimated in interviews that this is all the surviving live material he feels is satisfactory for release. Thus, the group is putting it all out at once with the indulgence that has always been its hallmark. Led Zeppelin was never a band that liked to do things in half measures (that is, with the notable exception of its half reunion as Page and Plant).
It comes on like a brick in the face. Finger-slicing guitar rave-ups, scorching castrati-esque wails, joint-popping drum rolls and one anthem after another Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog and, yes, Stairway to Heaven mark the first CD of How the West Was Won (Atlantic). This is Led Zeppelin at full throttle, culled live from two California shows in 1972. It is sweat-drenched vindication for a band that played the blues, but didn’t feel the blues. It felt some other passion, entirely its own, even if it was at times just a passion for itself and its self-appointed role as carriers of the torch passed on from rock’s Tennessee and Mississippi progenitors.
On the second and third discs, the band begins to bloat. Contained here is the indulgence and virtuosity that one simultaneously dreads and savors in a Zeppelin live set. Mr. Page gets experimental with his violin bow on a 25-minute Dazed and Confused, John Bonham takes more than a solo on a 19-minute Moby Dick, and Robert Plant turns Whole Lotta Love into a history lesson, taking us from swing to blues to rock ‘n’ roll, channeling Wanda Jackson, Ricky Nelson and Howlin’ Wolf along the way.
Like any three-hour concert, How the West Was Won has its bruisers and its snoozers, but it would be hard to come up with a better representation of all four cylinders of Led Zeppelin fine-tuned and at peak performance….