When Giants Walked the Earth

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When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
Author Mick Wall
Language English
Subject Biography
Publisher Orion
Publication date
October 2008
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 520 pp
ISBN 0-7528-7547-7
OCLC 233788361

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]


  1. ^ Rick Moody, "Led Zeppelin, Gods of Rock on the Celestial Staircase" New York Times, December 24, 2009.
  2. ^ David Cheal, 'When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall', Telegraph.co.uk, 27 October 2008.
  3. ^ 'Meticulously researched account of the world of Led Zeppelin', The Sunday Mercury, November 22, 2008.
  4. ^ James Jackson, Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin's good times, bad times and reunion rumours, The Times, January 8, 2010 .
  5. ^ Slaybaugh, Matt (4 March 2010). "When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin". The Agit Reader. 

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