Led Zeppelin confirm details on 50th anniversary book

Even almost 40 years after breaking up, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have somehow kept the group’s name and music as one of more marketable acts in mainstream rock. It had been previously reported that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had something up their sleeves to help celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018. Aside from another highly unlikely reunion concert, the members have remained quiet on what that something would be. On Friday the group confirmed that they have indeed been collaborating together again, only this time for a book titled “Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin.”

A post shared to the band’s Facebook page late last week showed all three surviving members posing with a working draft version of the book, which is “almost complete” according to the statement shared alongside the photo, which can be read in full below.

“Work on the official book ‘Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin’ is almost complete. The images have been carefully selected and annotated throughout by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones,” it reads in the post. “Celebrating 50 years since the band's formation, it covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Led Zeppelin on and offstage from their very first moments together. This definitive 400-page volume includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.”

The post also shared that there will be updates and “sneak previews” as the months lead up to the book’s October publication via ReelArtPress.

The cover art found on the book’s pre-order page matches the image seen on the working draft version, and will be available for purchase for a pretty manageable $70. It’s no reunion concert, but with Robert Plant still loving life as a solo artist and Jimmy Page just coming off a multi-year project which saw him reworking/re-releasing all of the band’s old studio albums, the living members might be finally ready to bow out from living in their Led Zeppelin shadows.

The band’s late drummer, John Bonham, was recently honored by his hometown in the U.K. with a memorial statue in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday.