Led Zeppelin celebrating 50th anniversary with official documentary

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Fans will see a comprehensive overview of the legendary rock band via never-before-seen archive footage, photos and state-of-the-art audio of Led Zeppelin’s music.

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Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – photo by Jim Summaria/Wikimedia Commons

The story began 50 years ago, when Led Zeppelin officially formed. Now a new, official documentary will feature previously unseen interviews with the surviving members of the band. These are Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. There are also formerly unseen interviews with the late band member, John Bonham.

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Led Zeppelin in 1973

The time is right for Led Zeppelin’s story

Consequence of Sound quotes Jones as having said the time was right for the band to tell the world their story. He believes the new documentary film will bring their story “truly to life.” There is no doubt the band will also bring a “Whole Lotta Love” to the documentary project.

Plant says he has seen many important early American musicians, including Will Shade, brought to life in the “American Epic” documentary series. Those were directed by Bernard MacMahon for the big screen. “American Epic” and inspired Plant to contribute towards their own exciting and interesting story.

Meanwhile, Page agrees with Plant. He says he sees what Bernard did with both the audio and visual aspects of “American Epic.” He also believes MacMahon is qualified to tell the band’s story to the world.

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Photo of Led Zeppelin and President Barack Obama by White House/Wikimedia Commons

Led Zeppelin’s story to launch at Cannes

Deadline notes that the new official documentary will be launched at the Cannes Film Festival. While the new documentary is yet to get a title, the project is set to give a comprehensive overview of Led Zeppelin. It will use previously unseen archive footage and images of the band members. There is also state-of-the-art audio of the band’s greatest music.

Unlike former films about Led Zeppelin, the documentary is the first official story of the band, with no outside conjecture or voices.

Journey through the 1960s and 1970s

The documentary takes viewers on a journey through the 1960s, including epic tracks like ”Stairway to Heaven.” It also heads into the 1970s with “Whole Lotta Love.” That latter, classic song knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts and went on to truly launch the band’s career.

Allison McGourty worked alongside with MacMahon in screenwriting the film, which is currently in post-production. Sound supervision is handled by Nicholas Bergh, while film editing is by Dan Gitlin. Other co-producers in the documentary include Ged Doherty and Duke Erikson, guitarist from Garbage.

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