In 1975, Led Zeppelin finally gave an interview to Rolling Stone . The band had frozen out the magazine after its critics panned Jimmy Page's "weak, unimaginative songs" and Robert Plant's "strained and unconvincing shouting," but the freelancer Cameron Crowe, still a teenager, was able to break back in. Crowe's editor, the Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, gave him some guidelines for the interview, including to interrogate the band about its "hippy dippy lyrics," which Crowe did not end up doing. Crowe filed the piece and received a phone call summoning him to San Francisco to meet with Wenner. In HBO's new documentary Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge , produced by Wenner with Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, Crowe recalls the encounter. "I want to tell you about your Led Zeppelin story," Wenner said to Crowe. "Thank you, we're going to run it, but you failed." The piece had been too soft on the band. "You wrote what they wanted you to write," Wenner said, before handing over a copy of Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem for the young writer to study. The anecdote is a useful one in the mythology of a magazine founded to treat the '60s… Read full this story
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