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I didn't even get a quarter of the way into Mick Wall's new Led Zeppelin biography, When Giants Walked the Earth, before I got tired of dude's hyperbole addiction and worshipful attitude toward the band—to say nothing of the awkward, douche-chill-inducing passages written in the second person, where you are genius rock enfant terrible Jimmy Page—and put the book down in favor of Dave Simpson's infinitely more entertaining and engrossing The Fallen: Searching for the Missing Members of the Fall. However, Rick Moody, who ranks highly on my Top Ten List of Contemporary Fiction Writers, managed to make it all the way through. His report on the book, on Led Zeppelin in general, and specifically on how terrible the members of Led Zeppelin were at being human beings was recently published in the New York Times. One more reason to love Rick Moody: he reps hard for the "underrated" Zep album Presence.

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