Led Zeppelin Authorized Documentary Coming

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Led Zeppelin London 1968 Photo: Dick Barnatt / Redferns / Getty Images; used with permission)

A still-untitled Led Zeppelin documentary, now in post-production, and authorized by the band, is being made in conjunction with their 50th anniversary.

From the May 8 announcement: “The film, directed by Bernard MacMahon, traces the journeys of the four members through the music scene of the 1960s, their meeting in the summer of 1968 for a rehearsal that will change the future of rock, and culminates in 1970 when their second album knocks The Beatles off the top of the charts and they become the number one band in the world.”

“The time was right,” said the band’s John Paul Jones.

With brand new interviews of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham, the documentary, the announcement continues, “will be the first of its kind; the Led Zeppelin story told through the words of the men that lived it, with no outside voices or conjecture.

“Featuring never before seen archive film and photographs, state of the art audio transfers of the band’s music, as well as the music that shaped their sound, this documentary will be the definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest selling rock band. It is the first and only time the band have participated in a documentary in 50 years.”

The announcement did not indicate when and where the film would run, though it presumably will have theatrical showings before airing on a television network or streaming service.

MacMahon is perhaps best known as the filmmaker and writer for American Epic, the 2017 documentary series about the first recordings of roots music.

Jimmy Page at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 1, 2019 (Photo: Greg Brodsky; used with permission)

In the announcement, Page said: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”

Plant said: “Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in American Epic inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.”

Jones said: “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life.”

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