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Stairwell to Headley: Led Zeppelin's Fourth Album

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2006

THE SCENE IS Atlantic Records' HQ in New York City, the date early September 1971. The event is a tense standoff between, on the one hand, the company's co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and – on the other – the ectomorphic guitarist and behemoth manager of a band who've just hit town for a show at Madison Square Garden. Sitting in are legal representatives for both sides.

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