Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis

Hammer of the Gods

They were legends based on myths—myths of fantasy, power, and black magic. The tales of their tours were the most outrageous in the already excess-laden annals of modern music. The era of Led Zeppelin personified sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Based on interviews with the band's musicians, friends, employees, and lovers, Hammer of the Gods tells the shocking story of Led Zeppelin's successes and excesses in the 70s—when Zeppelin reign...

Details Hammer of the Gods

TitleHammer of the Gods
Release DateMay 10th, 2007
PublisherOzler Aykan Tanitim ve Iletisim Hizmetleri
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, History

Reviews Hammer of the Gods

  • Jason Koivu
    Ah-a-aaaahhhhHAAAA!!! Ah-a-aaaahhhhHAAAAAA!!!It's been a long time since I read this bookIt's been a long time, but let's have a lookWhat a whole lotta love Davis has for Zeppelin!What a whole lotta love!Here's a fanboy who's sure all that glitters is goldAnd he's written the band into heavenAnd if you said you were a Led-headOh what fun this book would beMe, I'm gonna ramble onI'm gonna find a new read to Ah-a-aaaahhhhHAAAA!!! Ah-a-aaaahhhhHAA...
  • Bryan
    I've heard it said that "rock'n'roll ain't pretty".I never it expected it to be quite so repugnant, however. Read this book if you want more information than anybody needs about what goes on when young adults are allowed to have no limits absolutely.I'd have to blame most of the raucous behavior on the road manager, Richard Cole, and the band's manager, Peter Grant. I'd only been a casual fan of Led Zeppelin (collected all their cds but preferred...
  • Ben Loory
    this was really a crappy book; i give it two stars because of the interesting but lifeless information it gave me. facts. they had a lot of groupies. they fucked some girl with a shark they caught fishing out the hotel window. they did cocaine, then heroin. bonham bought a lot of cars but couldn't drive. jimmy had a 14-year old girlfriend he kept locked in his hotel room. robert plant's dog's name was strider. john paul jones... played bass. some...
  • Chris
    This book is disappointing, which is odd because the story it tells should be so interesting. Unfortunately, the author simply doesn't write very well.The story reads more like a list of events than a narrative, and to provide interest and emphasis his primary tool seems to be the use of italics.The redeeming quality of the book is that the author takes each studio album and breaks it down song-by-song, citing influences and inspirations behind t...
  • Kelly
    Great band. Actually THE greatest ever, in my opinion. Not a great book. I've read it twice. Just not written very well. I'd like to find a better bio on Zeppelin and read it, if I could actually part from romance/erotica long enough!
  • Bex
    started: 5/26/08finished: 5/29/08First of all, no rock and roll book could possibly be any more shocking then Motley Crue's The Dirt. lol. Hammer of the Gods is a must read for any Zep fan, really. A classic book about a classic band. It is completely up to date, until 2007 - that's only last year people! :P I really enjoyed it, I always wanted to know what was coming next and I just about cried when it reached 1980 and it was time to say goodbye...
  • Dr. Detroit
    Cigarettes with batteries in them? Beer with no alcohol in it? Backstage passes to spiritual gurus, therapists, personal trainers, and dietary consultants instead of groupies and dope peddlers? Trading Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort for super-grande-venti machiatto double-skim, light-foam, extra-hot soy latte frappes? Come back, Keith Moon. Wake up, Johnny Thunders. Save us, Chuck Berry. The man-bun, coffee swilling, smart-phone worshipping, s...
  • Carol
    Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. These guys invented it. Yeah, baby.
  • Troy
    Hammer of the Gods is missing historical context. I realize Davis was writing about four people and could not cover them all as profoundly as he could have, but despite the actual writing, I think in 1985 he was lacking both the historical perspective and the maturity to be able to give Zeppelin its full due.Despite the selling one's soul to the devil bit, which is merely a catchy framing device, he starts out well, chronicling Jimmy Page's early...
  • Sara
    I read this book because it's one of the only books that my husband has ever read more than once. I wanted to see what was so great about it, so off I went.First off, this book is not for me. In my view, this is a zero star book. (Smack-headed pedophiles, angry violent drunks, and dudes who marry a women, have kids with her, divorce her, then marry her sister and have kids with her also, don't really do it for me. Seriously -- those kids are sibl...
  • Steve Mcgrath
    I grew up thinking Led Zeppelin was a bit over-rated and kinda bloated with their "Everyone gets a 20 minute solo" concert structure. I also thought that Robert Plant wanted to try to be "majestic-lion-man". I was wrong on one of 2 of those. This book was great insight to not only how Zep operated, but how the whole music industry operated back in the 70s. I have a whole new respect for Zep as musicians, but the stories of debauchery is what make...
  • gabrielle
    Zep is one of my favorite bands, but in all honesty, I just started reading this because I needed something to do while I waited for NK Jemisin's Stone Sky to come out.--This book feels like it was written by multiple people, like a college class had an assignment where each student wrote a chapter, then they just threw them together into a book. The author has a really inconsistent writing style and I never could figure out if he liked the band ...
  • Dave Hill
    Probably not very true, but still totally awesome.
  • Michael Cunningham
    'Hammer of the Gods' is the cult classic Led Zeppelin biography, famous for its unflinching portrayal of the band's legendary exploits with groupies, orgies, violence, hotel destruction, black magic, and drugs. With this book, Stephen Davis captures the true spirit of the "sex, drugs and rock and roll" philosophy of the 70s and vomits it up on the curb for all to see. If you have an aversion to seeing the word 'fuck' in print, or to reading descr...
  • Simon
    Hammer Of the Gods Led Zeppelin Unauthorised by Stephen Davis.Well with Led Zeppelin about to play there first gig in eons it seemed the time was right to read this book that tells the tale in all it's gory details of one of the biggest rock bands ever, and one that I don't own any albums by. But am certainly more than familiar with, how could you not be!! It is incredible to think of how many hit records both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had p...
  • Dierregi
    After having read Keith Richard's autobiography I decided to dig deeper in the disreputable life of 70's rock bands. As a source of controversy and outrage, Led Zeppelin was the obvious choice.Turns out, this "unauthorised" biography contains very little scandalous material. In fact, it is even a bit boring, going into excruciatingly tedious details about obscure musicians who worked with LZ for a project or another.The biggest source of scandal ...
  • William Harris
    Before I read this I was on what some might call a "Zeppelin kick", listening to only their music for about two months straight. This is what brought me to the book. Hammer of the Gods was recommended by a good friend of mine who is solely responsible for my delayed interest in the band. Initially wanting to read more about the music and lyrics Led Zeppelin is noted for, Stephen Davis offers a more complete appraisal of arguably one of the commer...
  • Blair
    I must say that the Led Zeppelin 'family', mainly the manager, Peter Grant, Richard Cole and their road crew behaved more like a violent mob at times than a rock and roll entourage. The fact is they were bullies. They bullied their way on and off of stages, beat onlookers up for little or no reason, etc. Luckily, this author does focus on the music somewhat and does offer some balance between the mayhem and the artistry of the band. It was a rath...
  • Greta
    Book is not well written, but informative nonetheless. Despite claims by many people,this book did make clear that Zepplin is far from approaching any type of godhood status. While I was expecting some best/worst of bachanaal/ Dionysian debauchery... I didn't really get a sense of this band approaching either. Their antics fell more into a general malaise of just plain dumb, low class human debauchery that is related to people acting out that can...
  • Charles Jr.
    An absolute must read if you're a Led Zeppelin fan, and yes this was written for their fans--not the general public! The story of the red snapper hotel room incident as a for instance. This is the greatest band that has ever walked on this earth and that's a fact, not an opinion--just like McDonald's has the best fries. Again, a common-knowledge fact. When you read this you get a real gritty feel for the ins and outs of the rock industry and how ...
  • Meen
    The book I have is from 1985, but I won't bother adding it to the database since it's just a mass-market paperback with the same cover shown here.OH MY GAWD, I read this book literally to PIECES in high school!!!! And I have carried it around with me all these years b/c it was just such an obsession for me then, along with my first soulmate, Laura Puffer. (In fact, it was "Led Zepplin #1" written on my shoe that first brought her to my desk in ou...
  • Marie
    It turns out, at least for me, reading about the rowdiest rock band ever wasn't that exciting. I enjoyed reading about how songs came together, bandmember roots/influences and how the band and it's management shaped music industry standards in regards to touring and promotion. But I really didn't enjoy reading about all the drugs and groupies; it's not that I was uaware of it before, I just didn't care about reading about it...it's just a sad rea...
  • Fredlear
    This is the first of the "tell all" books on the greatest rock band ever. Stephen Davis uses most of the hangers on as well as their road manager, Richard Cole, to recreate the feel of Zeppelin in the 70's. There are more technical as well as fan driven books on Zeppelin. However, for your average Zeppelin fan, this is a good entry level book.
  • Mark
    VILE. Poorly written tales of assault, debauchery and excess to the extreme. Was not a fan of the band prior, but had heard this was a "good read" and I anticipated Spinal Tap-esque tales of tomfoolery- but this is an awful chronicle.
  • Audra
    I think this book may have been written by a drug addled child. will someone please write a decent book about Zeppelin?
  • Cathal Kenneally
    This is the second book I've read about Led Zeppelin. They're both just as good. The author makes a reference to the other book but still tells a good story.
  • Liz Estrada
    Believe it or not, I have NEVER read this book, but want to.
  • Aaron
    I love Led Zeppelin, but this is so poorly written that I could not make it all the way through it. I would love to read a better Zeppelin biography, if anyone has any recommendations...
  • George
    An absolutely trashy account of Led Zeppelin thats worth a read if you're into the sleazy rumors that plagued the band as they toured the States during the 70s.
  • Rustam
    Led fucking Zeppelin.