The Real Story of
Led Zeppelin’s “IV”

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Landmark 3: Led Zeppelin's "IV"
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide.

Led Zeppelin is in the midst of an historic reissue campaign, helmed by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. In June, the band issued re-mastered versions of their first three albums in a variety of formats, accompanied by never-before-heard companion audio including an early live show as well as alternate takes and mixes.

This month the band is reissuing “IV” and “Houses of the Holy.” “IV” is one of the best-selling and most influential rock albums ever. For this episode of Landmark, we are very pleased to present new interviews with Page and bandmates Robert Plant (vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass and keyboards) as they discuss the making of “IV” and the overall legacy of Led Zeppelin.

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Robert Plant

Robert Plant is Led Zeppelin’s singer and lyricist.


Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page is Led Zeppelin’s guitarist and the producer of IV.


John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones is Led Zeppelin’s bassist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist.

Credits: Produced by Sandy Smallens