Led Zeppelin

This first episode (part of a great 4 part series) outlines Led Zeppelin’s songwriting technique, basically as an extreme form of sampling, whereby uncredited covers were passed off as its own. Elsewhere we have looked at how the Beatles used a similar technique – what was important was what they added to their original material. The video is great for showing where songs like When The Levee Breaks, The Lemon Song, and even Stairway to Heaven came from.

And as an aside, you’ll never guess who invented the term ‘Heavy Metal’.