Shortly after my fourteenth birthday, I listened to Led Zeppelin IV , from start to finish, for the very first time. By the time I reached the end of “When the Levee Breaks,” tears were streaming down my cheeks, never before had I experienced a work that had moved me like this. I flipped the cassette and listened to it again. Over the next two years, I listened to that cassette tape so many times that finally my stereo got fed up and decided to eat it, so I went out and bought the CD.
IV changed EVERYTHING, not only my perception of Zeppelin, but also the way I consumed music in general. To say it has been the most import, most influential, and “best” album I have ever experienced would not be an understatement. Up until that point, Zeppelin existed as simply background music to me, a band with songs so entrenched in American culture it was hard to ignore them, but indistinguishable from any other rock band from the 60′s or 70′s. IV encouraged me to sample the band’s entire catalog and to this day Zeppelin ranks fourth (1. Pearl Jam 2. Grateful Dead 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd) on my list of favorite bands.
All of this to say, I am a huge Zeppelin fan, but I am thoroughly disgusted at the way they’re allowing their music to be sampled. Starting in the late 90′s, the band allowed their music to be used in commercials and to be sampled by other musicians. Now, I read this story, To promote their new live album, the band is allowing the new NBC show, Revolution, to use “Kashmir” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You.”
Does Zeppelin really need to promote the release of a new live album? Won’t most Zeppelin fans rush out to buy it regardless? Is anything sacred any more?