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The Song Remains the Same

  • News and current affairs
  • Music
  • 1976
  • Peter Clifton
  • 131 mins
  • 15

Summary

Peter Clifton and Joe Massot's unconventional documentary capturing Led Zeppelin's 1973 concert in New York's Madison Square Garden. The film combines documentary footage of the band backstage, performances of classic tracks including Stairway to Heaven and an extended version of Dazed and Confused running for more than 20 minutes, and surreal dream-like sequences showing the group's fantasies. Part of the Pop! What Is It Good For? season.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The thunderous rock riffs of Led Zeppelin were a favourite among 1970s acid-droppers and it looks as if the makers of this odd documentary had more than their fair share. Footage of a 1973 New York concert (with the highlight being the epic Stairway to Heaven) are interspersed with behind-the-scenes mishaps, trippy effects and ultra-weird fantasy sequences from the heads of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and the others, which make Tommy look like social realism. Doubtless, fans will enjoy, although the dated sound quality might bother those with a re-mastered Led Zep CD collection.

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Credits

Cast

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Robert PlantRobert Plant
Jimmy PageJimmy Page
John BonhamJohn Bonham
John Paul JonesJohn Paul Jones
Peter GrantPeter Grant

Crew

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DirectorPeter Clifton
DirectorJoe Massot

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Warner Dists
Released on
1976-11-05
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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