Questions of Style and Lateness in Led Zeppelin’s Presence

Stephen Loy*

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    Guitarist Jimmy Page described Presence as Led Zeppelin’s best work and a response to the group’s circumstances in late 1975, while afflicted by personal trauma and collective apprehension for their future. The reflection of these tensions in the music of Presence, through introspection, difficulty, and complexity, resulting in a stylistic departure from the group’s previous albums, forms the focus of this article. The concept of late style provides a prism for interpreting musical characteristics in the context of external concerns and a means of interpreting the album within its historical moment, illuminating the uniqueness of Presence in Led Zeppelin’s catalog.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-197
    Number of pages19
    JournalRock Music Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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