Led Zeppelin Documentary Coming in Honor of Band’s 50th Anniversary

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have signed off on the project

Group portrait of Led Zeppelin in 1968. (Dick Barnatt/Redferns)
Group portrait of Led Zeppelin in 1968. (Dick Barnatt/Redferns)

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To coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary, the first official documentary about Led Zeppelin will break down the levees soon.

Directed by Bernard MacMahon, the as-yet-untitled feature documentary is being touted as the “definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest-selling rock band” and will feature new interviews with band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. Rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham will also be part of the film.

Instead of focusing on the band’s whole story, MacMahon chose to focus on Zeppelin’s early days, including their first meeting in the summer of 1968 and the production and release of their second album, which knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts in 1970.

After watching MacMahon’s film American Epic, which traces the history of American recorded music of ’20s, Page was sold on having MacMahon head up the project.

“When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,” Page said in a statement.

“The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words,” added Jones. “I think that this film will really bring this story to life.”

The film is currently in postproduction and will be shopped at Cannes.

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