Led Zeppelin Authorized Documentary: Still Waiting

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

There has been no official update about a still-untitled Led Zeppelin documentary, originally announced on May 8, 2019. At the time, the film, authorized by the band in conjunction with their 50th anniversary, was said to be in post-production.

Two years later, on May 8, 2021, any news about it appears to be over the hills and far away, as no official update has been made. On April 4, 2020, the website LepZepNews.com provided some detective work on its status, even speculating that the film could be called “Apollo,” related to the NASA space program of the same name.

From the May 8, 2019 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 continued, “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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  1. Paul
    #1 Paul 9 May, 2021, 00:47

    Icons, like Jimi Hendrix they were way ahead of their time and aside from a few musicians of today I think they are still very relevant to rock today and I am very sorry I never got to see them though I tried extremely hard to see the celebration day concert at 02 with no luck like the other record numbers I believe numbered in the millions! Just have to listen to the the recordings and wait for the film, with any luck they’ll release it as a double feature of midnight madness and show Song Remains the Same after so we can all smoke weed, pop some shrooms and get drunk like the old days! When mountains crumble to the sea there will still be you and me!

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  2. Dmac
    #2 Dmac 10 May, 2021, 18:57

    “Apollo,” related to the NASA space program of the same name.? Really? It it were to be called Apollo, it would be in reference to their Swan Song logo that has a painting of Apollo, Fall of Day.

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