When Giants Walked the Earth

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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
AuthorMick Wall
Publication date
October 2008
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages520 pp

When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin is a book written by Mick Wall, published in 2008. It is a biography of the English rock band Led Zeppelin.[1]

The book tells the life stories of the band's members. The narrative of Led Zeppelin is told through a mixture of prose and interview excerpts. It was based partly on interviews which were conducted by Wall with all the surviving members of the band.[2]


Following the release of this publication, former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page reportedly threatened to sue its author over the book's contents.[3] According to Page:

Wall’s just writing a book designed to cash in on something he didn’t have anything to do with. He wasn’t a creative force in Led Zep. I’m at something of a disadvantage because I haven’t chosen to read that book, but I hear it’s totally distorted from people who do know about Led Zeppelin.[4]

Reviewer Matt Slaybaugh of The Agit Reader criticized the book for its writing and italicized internal monologue sections, where Wall interpreted band member's thoughts by retelling a story in a second-person narrative, concluding "There may not be a better book about Led Zeppelin out there, but there’s got to be a less irritating one."[5]


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