Episode #39 | 10.1.19

Led Zeppelin: Dark Power, Cocaine, Backstage Brawls and Heavy Metal Magick

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Led Zeppelin were the biggest band on the planet. The great white shark of the seventies. They defined excess. The designed the avatar for the heavy metal rockstar; themselves. Along the way there were violent brawls, car crashes, lots of cocaine, satanic sexual rituals and a very freaked out David Bowie.


When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall

Rolling Stone: Led Zeppelin’s 10 Boldest Rip-Offs

Vanity Fair: Stairway to Excess

Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond by Mark Blake

Daily Beast: Led Zeppelin’s Controversial Legacy: Thievery, Underage Groupies and the Mud Shark Incident

Carwreckedbangs: Aleister Crowley, Jimmy Page and the Curse of Led Zeppelin

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan. 

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak