The (Winners’) History of Rock and Roll: Led Zeppelin


Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) is one of my favorite music writers, and he just started a new series on Grantland about the history of rock and roll – from a different perspective.

In his new series, Hyden goes into great detail about a handful of some of the most successful rock bands of all time (Led Zeppelin being a good starting point), and how they each defined their era of music and their other contributions (both good and bad) to the music industry.

Hyden has a lot of great things to say, and he really does a great job explaining the realities of rock and roll’s not so indie-friendly beginnings (His talks about The Clash and The Replacements broke my heart, but it’s spot on). He also does well relating history to the present, using Arcade Fire winning their album of the year Grammy as his main example.

It’s a long read, but it’s well worth it.

Check out the article here.

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