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At last I can sleep

Posted by keithosaunders on June 23, 2016

Well we can all rest easy.  A judge has ruled that the 7 minute Led Zeppelin leviathan, Stairway To Heaven, was not plagiarized from another band’s song.  In 1968 Zeppelin, then just starting out, were on the road with a group called Spirit who performed an instrumental number – Taurus –  that was suspiciously similar to the acoustic guitar opening to Stairway to Heaven.

It’s not a stretch to think that Jimmy Page may have consciously or sub consciously stolen the riff.  After all he shamelessly “borrowed” several other blues riffs from artists such as Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Stairway to Heaven is unique no matter how you look at it.  No other Zeppelin song is quite like it in the way it takes its time building intensity. From the solo acoustic guitar opening, to the screaming heavy metal final minute and a half, it’s almost, but not quite through-composed. (Its verse repeats several times)  It’s a good song but it’s a stand alone.  We like Zeppelin for their riff heavy, hard grooving rockers such as Dazed and Confused, Living Loving Maid, and Black Dog.  You tolerated the folky Going to Californias to get to the Misty Mountain Hops.

For that matter, where is Spirit’s lawsuit against Emerson Lake and Palmer?  ELP had an entire record called Taurus!  If Spirit wants they can always use my law firm, Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe.

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