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In the Houses of the Holy : Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music - Susan Fast

In the Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music


Published: 1st September 2001
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This text examines the important issues surrounding the music and image of Led Zeppelin - one of the most innovative and successful rock bands ever. The band's influence is examined both through an explication of the music and an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans, who are quite candid about their likes and dislikes in the band's history. More than just a sampling of opinion, Susan Fast uses this research to underscore her own findings on gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern music and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. Specific pieces, "Dazed and Confused", "Kashmir", "Stairway to Heaven", and "Whole Lotta Love" form the basis of an examination of the group's long-lasting appeal and their musical development.

Introduction: Led Zeppelin and the Carnivalesquep. 3
Dazed and Confused: Intertextuality, Ritual, Genderp. 17
Stairway to Heaven: Myth, Epic, Ritualp. 49
iOver the Hills and Far Away: Difference and Representationp. 85
The Wanton Song: The Riff and the Bodyp. 113
Whole Lotta Love: Performing Genderp. 159
Fan Questionnairep. 203
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 231
Discography/Videographyp. 239
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780195117561
ISBN-10: 0195117565
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.54