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New Led Zeppelin documentary in the works


Agence France-Presse

 /  Fri, May 10, 2019  /  05:01 pm
New Led Zeppelin documentary in the works

In this file photo taken on May 14, 1988 singer Robert Plant (L) and guitarist Jimmy Page perform during a Led Zeppelin reunion concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AFP/Don Emmert)

It will be the first time that the band has participated in a documentary since it was formed.

Currently in post-production, the yet-untitled film is directed by British filmmaker Bernard MacMahon -- renowned for his four-part PBS documentary "American Epic."

It will tell the story of Led Zeppelin's early days in the 1960s, as Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones left their previous bands to join John Bonham in 1968.

The documentary will also focus on their rise to fame in the 1970s, when their album "Led Zeppelin II" out-charted the Beatles' "Abbey Road."

It will be told solely from the band's perspective, with new interviews with the three surviving band members. The film will also feature archival interviews with late drummer Bonham, as well as never-seen-before film footage, photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of Led Zeppelin's music.

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Although an official release date is yet to be announced, it will coincide with the band's 50th anniversary.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the documentary -- whose US rights are represented by CAA -- will be shopped during Cannes Film Festival.

"The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life," said bassist John Paul Jones in an official statement.

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