The Influence And Cons Of Led Zeppelin

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There is little argument when it comes to the vast influence and incredible genius of the works of Led Zeppelin. Their 1995 induction bibliography in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cited them “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles during the 1960s. However, when it comes to their classification as a musical genre, there is much debate, not only from fans or their music, but from the band members themselves. In this discourse, I will examine whether or not the band can be labeled as “metal,” and if not, then where exactly should their works be displayed at the record store? Music is divided in to all sorts of genres and subgenres: Blue, Jazz, Folk, Latin, Pop, Rock, Country - and sometimes, it isn’t easy to put a song in to just one category, never mind an entire group or …show more content…
The genre has morphed fairly significantly since then, some parts becoming more aggressive, such as trash metal, while others move to more extreme subgenres, such as death metal and black metal. The typical lineup of such a group includes a drummer, a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, and a singer (who may also be an instrumentalist). I believe I’m getting the point across here – it is not unreasonable, nor uncommon to refer to Zeppelin as a heavy metal band. But does that mean that one should? There is a wide spectrum of Led Zeppelin fans, from casual to religious listeners, and there isn’t necessarily a general consensus on which genre their music belongs in. Upon learning I was taking this course, my own father, a fan for the past 40 years, outright said they were a metal band, not a hint of doubt in his voice. I, on the other hand, am not so sure, so I decided to look around for some different opinions. One music blog I subsequently visited not only called them a heavy metal band, but credits them with creating the whole genre. But then another one linked right beside it paints a different story, citing the

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