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Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven

Review by Mick Farren, Trouser Press, October 1982

IT'S ALWAYS HARD to know what to do when the drummer drops dead. The Who and the New York Dolls recruited new ones and pressed ...

Robert Plant’s Record Collection

Guide by Mat Snow, Q, May 1990

BACK IN the Spring of 1968, things aren't looking too rosy for 19-year-old singer Robert Plant. His promising group The Band Of Joy have just ...

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Robert Plant (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1990

From the Miracles to Buffalo Springfield, Robert Plant revisits the music that most influenced his musical youth: Bo Diddley; the productions of Joe Meek; collecting records and the Black Country scene; the move from R&B to psychedelia, and blues, blues and more blues...

File format: mp3; file size: 83.7mb, interview length: 1h 31' 24" sound quality: ***

Robert Plant (1993)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 June 1993

The former Led Zeppelin frontman on his current solo project: on his new band and their youthful enthusiasm; on the depth of his roots in the blues, and musical theft; how John Bonham's death meant the end of Zep; on the music that inspired his youth... and how old rockers like him can remain engaged with the present.

File format: mp3; file size: 38mb, interview length: 39' 36" sound quality: ****

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

On life after Zep: travel, the accolades of fame, Abba, Graham Greene, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and remembering John Bonham

File format: mp3; file size: 47.8mb, total interview length: 49' 45" sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 15 April 2003

Percy himself on Led Zep's annus mirabilis 1970 - from conquering America and playing the Royal Albert Hall, to "getting it together in the country" at Bron-Y-Aur, and the gestation of Led Zep, then fast forward to 1979, and family tragedy, recording In Through the Out Door, and playing Knebworth

File format: mp3; file size: 68.3mb, interview length: 1h11'08", sound quality: ****

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 September 2003

A somewhat wind-blown interview: on digging back into his pre-Zep archives for Sixty Six to Timbuktu; discovering his voice as a young singer; life and career post-Zeppelin.

File format: mp3; file size: 67mb, interview length: 1h 9' 44" sound quality: **

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Sexy? It's all a bit of a giggle says Zeppelin's Robert Plant

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 4 July 1970

THERE IS no denying that Robert Plant is bestowed with the contemporary handsomeness and poise of which pop heroes are made. Subsequently, and without any ...

Robert Plant: Down To The Roots

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 12 September 1970

ROBERT PLANT lives in an old, rambling farmhouse near Kidderminster, on the edge of the Black Country, with his wife Maureen, baby daughter Carmen, dog ...

Robert Plant: Plantations

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Creem, May 1976


Robert Plant Takes Root in the '80s

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, October 1982


Robert Plant: Into The Light

Interview by John Hutchinson, Record, September 1983

Led Zeppelin now a fond but distant memory, Robert Plant turns his attention towards a new solo album, a new band and a world tour ...

Hot Dog To Big Log: Robert Plant Hits The Road

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, October 1983

"WHY DON'T you take off your clothes?" asks Robert Plant, grinning, clutching at the bare white towel wrapped around his waist. ...

Robert Plant: The Principle Of Moments (Atlantic)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, November 1983

BACK IN THOSE firebrand days when I foolishly believed that the Ramones and Sex Pistols could overturn the whole rock establishment, I often felt that ...

Percy Pulls It Off !

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 8 June 1985

Yes, the one-time wild man of rock Robert ‘Percy’ Plant in "interesting solo album" shock! And now he tells it like it is, jumps to ...

Robert Plant: Shaken'n'Stirred (Es Paranza)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, September 1985

AS LUCK WOULD have it, just a couple nights ago I tuned in Radio 1990 and caught the ever-photogenic Mr. Plant, who was being grilled ...

Robert Plant: Deference to the Taskmaster

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1986

In team play, where everything clicks, somebody has to call the shots. ...

Robert Plant: Guilty!

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, March 1988

"I CAN'T BLAME anybody for hating Led Zeppelin. If you absolutely hated 'Stairway To Heaven', nobody can blame you for that because it was, ...

Robert Plant, Technobilly

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Creem, June 1988

A FEW MONTHS back, Robert Plant walked into Atlantic Records' London offices and played 'Scream', by Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors. Now, I dunno if ...

Robert Plant

Retrospective and Interview by Danny Fields, Details, July 1988

"Well, don't forget that the reason people dress up and become rock 'n'roll stars is because I think we have something wrong with us anyway. ...

Robert Plant: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford NJ

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 14 July 1988

YOU HAVE to feel a little sorry for Robert Plant. Since the breakup of Led Zeppelin, the singer has put together a successful solo career ...

Robert Plant: Manic Nirvana

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

ROBERT PLANT'S ALBUM Now And Zen was one of 1988's more delightful surprises: whilst quoting in jest from his own proud past in Led Zeppelin ...

Robert Plant: Zeppelin Man Takes the High Road to Nirvana

Interview by Steve Turner, The Times, June 1990

This month’s tour by Robert Plant, which reaches England tonight, has been his first European jaunt since his days with Led Zeppelin, the band which ...

Robert Plant: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, 23 June 1990

AT ONE point during his performance this evening, Robert Plant throws back his golden locks and lets loose what sounds like an Islamic call to ...

Robert Plant: Manic Nirvana (Es Paranza)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, July 1990

LIKE SO MANY of his fellow '70s prog-rockers (Yes, Rush, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Jethro Tull, King Crimson), Robert Plant spent the '80s trying hard to ...

Lunching with the Elder Statesmen of Charity Rock: The Nordoff-Robbins Concert, Knebworth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Times, 2 July 1990

WHEN QUINCY JONES gathered together his USA For Africa superstars to record 'We are the World' five years ago, he pinned a sign outside the ...

Knebworth 90: The Billion Dollar Buskers

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

IN DAYS OF yore, the elders tell, the grassy slopes of Knebworth would resound to the pagan strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and ...

The Bong Remains The Same: Led Zeppelin Meet Dread Zeppelin (Almost)

Report and Interview by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, 4 August 1990

"After half an hour Elvis' bodyguards motioned that it was time to go. As they were leaving Robert gushed, 'Elvis, you're my idol. Thanks for ...

Various Artists: The Freddie Mercury Tribute, Concert For Aids Awareness, Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 2 May 1992


Robert Plant: An Interview

Interview by Cliff Jones, Rock CD, April 1993

FOR A MAN who's spent the last 20 years protesting that his own colourful history is of little interest to him, it comes as a ...

Robert Plant: Fate Of Nations

Review by Max Bell, Vox, June 1993

FATE OF NATIONS is Robert Plant's seventh solo album. Must be some mystic significance there for you Zen and Manic Nirvana freaks. Robert too, judging ...

AUDIO: Robert Plant (1993)

Audio transcript of interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 June 1993

This is a transcript of Adam's audio interview with the former Zeppelin man. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Robert Plant: Last of the Red-Hot Rock Stars

Report and Interview by Deborah Frost, Spin, September 1993

"CAMION! CAMION!" comes the cry from the front seat of the rented Mercedes wagon. "I don't have time to die!" ...

Robert Plant: Ramble On

Report and Interview by Mark Petracca, Creem, September 1993

ROBERT PLANT, looking very fresh with only 27 years of rock 'n' rolling under his belt and leather jeans, is seated in the lone hotel ...

Robert Plant Unledded

Interview by Alvaro Costa, unpublished, 1995

ROCK GODS SHOULD never leave their Olympus, in particular if they happen to stroll along a Parisian street during the city's Marathon. ...

The Soul in the Machine: Whatever Happened to Atlantic Records?

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, What'd I Say, 2001

"UNFORTUNATELY, we’re running a big business here now," Ahmet Ertegun confessed to author Gerri Hirshey in 1982. "And it sort of ... well, it drives ...

Robert Plant: Dreamland

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2002

IT'S NOT a question much asked, but what if Messrs Page and Jones had managed to secure the services of their first choice, Terry Reid, ...

Robert Plant: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 14 September 2002

AS A '70s icon, Robert Plant can't help it if he evokes fuzzy nostalgic feelings, but he is trying his best not to simply phone ...

AUDIO: Robert Plant (2003)

Audio transcript of interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

This is a transcript of Barney's interview with Robert. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Mountain Man: Robert Plant Goes Back to his Welsh Roots

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Tracks, 2003

WHEN YOU'RE TOLD that Robert Plant will meet you on the platform of Machynlleth station in southern Snowdonia, you figure, "Sure, some hapless lackey will ...

Stairway to Snowdonia: Rapping with Robert Plant

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

For Robert Plant, life after Led Zeppelin has been anything but predictable. Resisting attempts to coast on the Zep legend, Percy has trodden his own ...

Robert Plant: The Secret Life Of Plant

Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, January 2004

It's 1982, and Robert Plant is worried. He's just released his first solo album Pictures At Eleven, and he's expecting a critical slating. Led-free reflections ...

The Music of 2007

Special Feature by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 28 December 2007

GIGS OFTHE YEAR LOU REED: Hammersmith Apollo, London Critically mauled on its original release, Berlin – Reed’s 1973 masterpiece of drug-addled despair, emotional and physical breakdown – ...

Robert Plant

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 2 May 2008

LED ZEPPELIN singer and insatiable rock 'n' roll warrior Robert Plant bounds into his management office in North London brandishing a new CD. "Look at ...

Robert Plant, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

Interview by Stephen Dalton, The National, April 2009

A LIGHT BREEZE of mellifluous music wafts from behind the half-open door of a long, low, bunker-like building nestled deep in the English countryside. Inside ...

Backstage in the '60s

Memoir by Chris Welch, Rock's Backpages, 25 July 2009

LIFE BACKSTAGE AT pop shows in the Swinging '60s was always a hoot. Looking back, it's fun to recall how casual and relaxed it all was ...

Robert Plant: Dreamland

Review by Barney Hoskyns,, 2010

ROBERT PLANT entered the new millennium with an album that looked defiantly backward – not to Led Zeppelin, mind you, but to a round-up of ...

Robert Plant: Mighty ReArranger

Review by Barney Hoskyns,, 2010

Some of the most energised and eclectic music Plant has ever made. ...

Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven

Review by Barney Hoskyns,, 2010

Stands up well as a statement of solo independence and intent. ...

Going veggie with Robert Plant

Memoir by Caroline Boucher, The Guardian, 20 June 2010

It wasn't easy grabbing a decent stew in Carnaby Street with the Led Zeppelin singer, says Caroline Boucher. ...

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Dodge Theatre, Phoenix

Live Review by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, 20 July 2010

In concert in Phoenix and previewing new material while recasting selected gems from the past, the erstwhile Led Zep frontman kills it. ...

Robert Plant: Band of Joy (Decca)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2010

NOTE: Herewith an expanded version of a review written for Classic Rock magazine... BH ...

Robert Plant: Band of Joy

Review by Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 22 September 2010

ROBERT PLANT'S 2007 ALBUM with pop-bluegrass songbird Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, did something 25 years of solo records never quite managed. It fully transformed him ...

Robert Plant: How I got my "big voice" out again

Report and Interview by Paul Sexton, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2012

ROBERT PLANT stands on a small stage 4,500 miles from his birthplace, and yet he's never been so close to home. ...

This Must Be The Place: Holy Grails and Musical Meccas in Pop Culture

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Fall 2012

FOR TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT, my oral history of Led Zeppelin, one of the interviews I conducted was with Dave Bates, an almost-famous A&R man from ...

Robert Plant: lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar

Review by Holly Gleason, Paste, 9 September 2014

CINEMATIC. ORGANIC. DERVISH. Delta. Industrial. Celtic. Tribal. Gypsy. Yearning. Thrilling. The words to describe lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, Robert Plant's 10th solo album, are endless. ...

"Embrace It Or Fuck Off": Robert Plant interviewed

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 20 November 2014

Julian Marszalek talks to Percy about the influence of North and West African music, not succumbing to the cabaret disease and why he'll never cut ...

Robert Plant: The World's Roar

Retrospective and Interview by Alan Light, Relix, December 2014

AT FIRST GLANCE, you don't notice him. It's a little hard to believe – he is, after all, one of the most recognizable, distinctive, and ...

Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin, Alison Krauss and his endless wanderlust

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 2 November 2017

IN OUR SERIES where great musicians tell the stories behind memorable records from their back catalogue, the Led Zep frontman discusses his enduring love for ...

Robert Plant: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, The Times, 11 December 2017

This grandfather of rock's voice may have lost its high register, but the former Led Zeppelin singer's raw power remains. ...

see also Led Zeppelin

see also Jimmy Page/Robert Plant

see also Robert Plant and Alison Krauss


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