Around a fortnight after Led Zeppelin released their eponymous debut album in January 1969, the Beatles performed together for the final time on the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters in London.
And as the decade that gave us Flower Power crossfaded into the era of hard rock, the airwaves grew heavier with the sound of electric guitar riffs.
Leading the way for myriad bands the world over, Zeppelin’s far-reaching appeal has inspired generations.
From the British folk acoustic guitar brilliance of Bert Jansch to the Chicago blues genius of Willie Dixon, Led Zeppelin directly referenced guitar culture on both sides of the Atlantic, weaving the roots of rock together tighter than ever.
With the historic Beatles split coinciding with Led Zeppelin's meteoric rise, the music world was in a state of flux and some journalists were keen to dig deeper.
How much influence did the Beatles exert on ‘70s rock music?
What’s the difference between Led Zeppelin and the Beatles?
How does Jimmy Page feel about the Beatles?
Interestingly, when asked about whether they hope to be awarded MBEs (as per the Beatles) Page replies, “I think they’ve given up on people like us for that.”
However, in 2005, the guitarist one-upped the Beatles while receiving an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his humanitarian work in Brazil.
Similarly, Page’s award was trumped by Plant in 2009 when the singer received a CBE for his services to music.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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