The name of this book cannot be properly written in ASCII text as it actually consists
of the four runes that appear on this classic album. Technically the album doesn't have
any name, but it seems the band felt they could sell millions without any writing on the
I must confess I don't actually own a copy, but my sister did. I have a few other LZ
vinyl albums, but don't have anything set up to play them on. I'm not sure my kids have
ever used a 'record player'.
This small book is an extended essay about the 'meaning' of the album. It delves into
the obsessions of the band, especially Jimmy Page's with the occult. It proposes various
theories about each song and how, together, they tell a story. He also writes about those
who think it is a work of 'evil', full of satanic messages, some recorded backwards.
On the other hand, it may just be a great rock album, but there's tracks on other albums that
I prefer to some of these. Stairway to Heaven has acquired a status way beyond it's musical
quality, but I'm not above playing in on my guitar now and then. Mr Page still rates as one
of the best rock guitarists in my opinion.
The book is a brief, but fairly interesting read. For more details of the band's depraved
Hammer of the Gods
Lately the whole family have been suffering from colds and infections. I nearly didn't
go to the latest Secret Bass
session, but I
was eager to hear about Malcolm's
Once I was drumming I seemed to forget about my cold and aches. I'm not a believer in
things mystical, but it seemed to do me some good, at least for the duration of the session.
Eleven of us there, dwindling to four by the time I left. There were a few new rhythms to
try out and lots of pictures to see.
When I got home I had another go at some multi-track recording. I've been playing with
Audacity, but last time I tried it I had problems.
It turned out that by switching to mono recording I had encountered a know issue with tracks after
the first breaking up. I found some comments on the Ubuntu
forums that put me right.You can hear the results
here. Not that impressive I know, but it's a
I've been following the current news about the outrage in the Muslim world over some
cartoons. I've not seen them, but can they really be that bad? Surely a few pictures cannot
be worth people dying for. I suspect that people with extreme agendas are using it as another
excuse to attack the 'west'.