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John Bonham Books:

Unfortunately there are only a handful of books that have been writen solely about John Bonham. Here is a list of the books I have read on him in order of recommendation(Best first).

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John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums

Authors: Chris Welch, Geoff Nicholls

Publisher:
Published by Back Beat Books

Paperback - 192 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0879306588

Price: £12.99/€16,21/$18.57


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Book Description

Led Zeppelin were the first Heavy Metal band, their sound defined and driven by the explosive drumming of John Bonham. John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham nearly didn't join the band, having to be lured away from better paying jobs in 1968, but going on to help write such legendary tracks as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir". His drumming style forms much of the lexicon of rock drumming and he remains an idol to Led Zep and heavy metal fans worldwide. Bonham played as hard as he worked and his life produced many of the enduring legends of the Rock and Roll lifestyle. Co-author Chris Welch toured with Zeppelin and writes with the advantage of first hand experience. It is a measure of the integral role Bonham played in the band that his untimely death in 1980 led to its immediate demise. His influence, however, lives on. His unmistakable drum patterns are among the most sampled by today's musicians.

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John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind "Led Zeppelin"

Authors: Mick Bonham (john's brother)

Publisher:
Southbank Publishing

Paperback - 192 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1904915119

Price: £25.00/€33,16/$49.18


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Book Description

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. 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 the most. 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.

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John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums

Authors: Joe Bergamini (Transcriber)

Publisher:
Alfred Book Publishers

Paperback - 96 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0757940309

Price: £5.75/€7,63/$11.31


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Now learning to rock like Led Zeppelin is easier than ever with this informative book, "Drum Techniques Of Led Zeppelin"! Including note for note transcriptions of 23 classic John Bonham drum tracks, this book will have you on your way to drumming like a star. You will appreciate the many playing tips and tricks included in this book as well as several black and white performance pictures. If you are a percussionist and a fan of classic rock, this book is for you!

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