The latest Q Legends, a series of one-off magazines dedicated to those artists who’ve earned legendary status in our opinion, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin with a special collector’s edition. By the time Q published its first issue in 1986, Led Zeppelin had long since split up, its remaining members dissolving the band in the wake of drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980. Despite that, though, they have remained a continual presence in the magazine. Their music continues to shape our world, and has done for over the past three decades. Think of an era-defining rock band who would exist without Led Zeppelin. You can’t, because there isn’t one. Guns N’Roses, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Muse, U2, The White Stripes and many more have taken cues from their hard rock sound or bombastic ambition, from their retooled blues or flamboyant showmanship.
This bumper magazine traces the story of the group who reset the course of rock’n’roll. This year marks 50 years since Led Zeppelin’s formation, an anniversary Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones celebrated with the release of Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin, the band’s first official illustrated book. We revisit the band’s history over a series of extensive interviews with Plant, Page and Jones and there’s a look at some of the images from the book, with quotes from the band in an exclusive gallery. Q Legends: Led Zeppelin is a must-read for all fans of the band who reshaped rock’n’roll. It’s available in all good newsagents, or order a copy from here.