Tapes of a previously unheard interview with Peter Grant are being sold at auction

Peter Grant in 1973
Peter Grant in 1973

Casette tapes containing more than three hours of audio of a previously unheard interview with Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant are being offered for sale at auction.

The three tapes contain three hours and 19 minutes of audio from a November 1988 interview with Grant that was carried out by former Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman at Grant’s Horselunges home in Sussex, according to Tracks Auctions.

The tape has an estimate of between £3,000 and £4,000 and the auction will end on July 15, according to the auction house’s website.

Snippets of the tape published online by the auction house show that the interview encompassed Grant’s career including his time managing Led Zeppelin.

“I remember Jimmy comes up to the office to see me about something … we were in Oxford Street by the Saville Theatre where Eppy used to hold those Sunday night concerts,” Grant apparently says on the tapes. “I said to Jimmy, ‘What are you going to do? Are you going to go back to sessions?’ He said ‘I’d like to form a completely new band’”

“At that time I’d been fortunate enough to see what was happening in America as far as what was called Underground,” Grant continued. “Jimmy was very heavy into getting a blues type band together … I said to him ‘What about a producer? They didn’t hit it off with Mickie (Most) at all, wasn’t his sort of thing … ’Who do you fancy as a producer?’ Jimmy said ‘Well I wouldn’t mind having a go at it myself. If you can get me a deal. I’d like to be the producer and do the first album. If I make a mess of it, you can think about getting a producer.'”

Another section of the interview published online shows Grant discussing relations within Led Zeppelin:

“There was never any, sort of, big headedness or being difficult … there was always a tremendous sense of humour … it always ended up in a laugh,” Grant said on the tapes. “In ’77 we were staying in the Plaza and we played 6 nights in Washington … by that time the security became so tight that it affected the band very much. It tended to put everybody in little boxes, trapped in little boxes.”

“I remember it was in November 1975 …. and (between) John Paul Jones and Robert it wasn’t strained but, you know … not musical snobbery … We were in Musicland Studios in Munich and I was in the front of the cab and Robert had had that accident and he was still in plaster and all that. He was behind with the lyrics on the ‘Presence’ album … John Paul Jones and Robert Plant were in the back of the cab. We were on our way to the studio, a remark comes up (from Robert to John Paul Jones) ‘I’m behind on my lyrics’, John Paul Jones says ‘It doesn’t really worry me’. Robert says ‘It should do’. John Paul Jones says ‘It doesn’t bother me I haven’t listened to the lyrics on the last 3 albums.’ He went … ‘Ok that’s not very nice’ … Pretty heavy … but John is a very dry person.'”

It’s unclear who is selling the interview tapes as Coleman died in 1996. Other items in the auction related to Grant are listed as having the provenance as coming from his estate or come with letters from Anna George who purchased Horselunges from Grant in the 1980s and worked with him on a potential film about his life.

Grant considered hiring a ghostwriter to write his autobiography in the late 1980s, according to author Mark Blake in his 2018 biography of Grant “Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond.”

Blake wrote in his book that Coleman was one of the ghostwriters Grant met at the time along with Malcolm Dome and David Dalton from Rolling Stone.

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1 Comment on "Tapes of a previously unheard interview with Peter Grant are being sold at auction"

  1. Roy JOHN Watson | 10th July 2024 at 10:40 am | Reply

    should be a intresting listen on maybe some stories weve never heard from within the zep inner circle on whoever buys them

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