What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born
By Michael Walker
(Spiegel & Graus)
You may have not been around for it, but I assure you, 1973 was a hell of a year. Yes, we had that historic ‘tricky dick’ Nixon’s craziness, the energy crisis (kind of how things are right now actually) and lots of accusations that the decade was rolling along quite a ways away from the hippie aesthetic (thank God) but it was also a banner year for rock music. And as Michael Walker claims in his wonderful book What You Want Is In The Limo “modern rock stardom” was born in 1973 and after reading these 200 pages I’d have to agree.
We follow the tours, records creation, backstage wackiness and even aboard-the- airplane stories of three bands, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper. From the stars themselves, publicists, audience members and many others who were there, we learn just why this was the amazing year Walker claims it was. I had heard the rumors, saw the films discussed (Zep’s The Song Remains The Same is a chronicle of the band’s 1973 end-of-tour stand at Madison Square Garden…a seminal moment of the book and in rock and roll), and heard the music of course, but I never knew the salient facts…you’re going to have read this book to find them out.
You will find them out-and more-in Michael Walker’s What You Want Is In The Limo.