One title to make the grade:
Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga by Stephen Davis.Read about the other five books on Leland's list.
An over-the-top ode to excess, this account of (mostly) road misadventures is “Spinal Tap” for the reality-based world. The groupies, the drugs, the egos, the tight trousers — did I mention the groupies?
John Leland is the author of Hip: The History and the new book, Why Kerouac Matters.