In 1968, the members of what would soon be named Led Zeppelin were snapped outside a Scandinavian club by a fan. The images of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham are candid, slightly fuzzy and extremely rare, but now fans can check them out in the new book Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band. The hard-cover title, out earlier this month via Abrams publishers, collects shots of the legendary quartet that focus on their offstage lives: the rockers decompressing in the countryside, spending time with their families, composing in the studio.
In his introduction to the book, Anthony DeCurtis recalls seeing Led Zeppelin for the first time, and what it was like actually being in the studio with the band when he was on assignment for a Rolling Stone cover story. “The entire set was mesmerizing,” he writes of experiencing the band live as a high school student. “Page soloed spectacularly on every song, and the ecstatic call-and-response exchanges he and Plant engaged in were galvanizing.”
Fans got a glimpse of that magical interaction when the band reunited for their December 2007 gig at London’s O2 Arena that has become the stuff of legend. Relive that special day in rock history with photos from the show and David Fricke’s full report.