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John Bonham

by Mick Bonham

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The Powerhouse behind Led Zeppelin
The Godfather of Rock Drumming


On 25th September 1980 John Bonham, considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, died in tragic circumstances. Two months later a simple letter signed by Plant, Page and Jones, stated that they could not replace him and therefore could not continue. After nine multi-million selling albums and record breaking world tours, Led Zeppelin came to an abrupt and premature end.

To acknowledge the 25th anniversary of his death in 2005, Southbank published John Bonham a personal account of his life, by someone who knew him better than anyone - his brother Mick Bonham.

Unavailable for two years, this fitting tribute to one of the rock music greats is back in print, at a time when interest in Led Zeppelin is once again at a high point.

The book follows John's childhood desire to play the drums, having to improvise with pots and pans until the first kit arrived at the age of fifteen, to the transition into an internationally renowned rock drummer of one of the most successful bands ever formed. Much has been written about 'Bonzo', good and bad, but this book (unlike others) gets closer to what he was really like, from those who knew him best.

With exclusive interviews with band members and contributions from many others that knew him, and including previously un-published photographs from the Bonham collection, this is an important tribute not only to John Bonham but also to Mick, who died soon after completing this book.

New Print Date:March 15th 2013
Format:196 X 249mm
Colour & B&W photography
Territory:World english language