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In the Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music

by (author) Susan Fast

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2001
Category
Rock
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780195117561
    Publish Date
    Aug 2001
    List Price
    $159.50
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780195147230
    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
    List Price
    $56.50

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This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical analysis, as well as an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans. Fast draws on academic and journalistic writing as well as a new interview with band member John Paul Jones. Specific pieces examined include "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Whole Lotta Love."

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Contributor Notes

Susan Fast is at McMaster University.