A new biography of John Bonham is due to be released on September 7, according to the book’s Amazon listing.
“Beast: John Bonham and the Rise of Led Zeppelin,” is being published by major US publisher Hachette Books and will include a foreword by Dave Grohl.
The 384-page book, which is available to pre-order through Amazon UK here, was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins who previously wrote a biography of Warren Zevon.
Hachette describes the book as the “first biography of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham” which may come as a surprise to authors Chris Welch and Geoff Nicholls who published their Bonham biography “John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums” back in 2001.
The upcoming book is part of a series of new Led Zeppelin books being released this year. Along with the upcoming Bonham biography, there’s Ross Halfin’s “Led Zeppelin Vinyl” book being released in August, an updated edition of “Evenings With Led Zeppelin” coming in September and Brad Spitz’s upcoming Led Zeppelin biography being released in November.
Here’s the full description of the upcoming Bonham biography via its Amazon listing:
The first biography of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest drummers in rock history, and a genuine wild man of epic (and sadly fatal) proportions.
BEAST: JOHN BONHAM AND THE RISE OF LED ZEPPELIN is the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rock drummer of all time. Bonham first learned to play the drums at the age of five, and despite never taking formal lessons, began drumming for local bands immediately upon graduating from secondary school. By the late 1960s, Bonham was looking for a more solid gig in order to provide his growing family with a more regular income. Meanwhile, following the dissolution of the popular blues rock band The Yardbirds, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sought the company of new bandmates to help him record an album and tour Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds. A few months later, Bonham was recruited to join the band who would eventually become known as Led Zeppelin-and before the year was out, Bonham and his three bandmates would become the richest rock band in the world.
In their first year, Led Zeppelin released two albums and completed four US and four UK concert tours. As their popularity exploded, they moved from ballrooms and smaller clubs to larger auditoriums, and eventually started selling out full arenas. Throughout the 1970s, Led Zeppelin reached new heights of commercial and critical success, making them one of the most influential groups of the era, both in musical style and in their approach towards the workings of the entertainment industry. They added extravagant lasers, light shows, and mirror balls to their performances; wore flamboyant and often glittering outfits; traveled in a private jet airliner and rented out entire sections of hotels; and soon become the subject of frequently repeated stories of debauchery and destruction while on tour. In 1977, the group performed what would be their final live appearance in the US, following months of rising fervor and rioting from their fandom. And in September of 1980, Bonham-plagued by alcoholism, anxiety, and the after-effects of years of excess-was found dead by his bandmates.
To this day, Bonham is posthumously described as one of the most important, well-known, and influential drummers in rock, topping best of lists describing him as an inimitable, all-time great. As Adam Budofsky, managing editor of Modern Drummer, explained, “If the king of rock ‘n’ roll was Elvis Presley, then the king of rock drumming was certainly John Bonham.”