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Despite being one of the top rock ‘n’ roll bands in all of music history, Led Zeppelin has never officially authorized or endorsed a documentary about themselves until now. Becoming Led Zeppelin will mark the first time the surviving members (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones) participate in a documentary in fifty years. The full-length film has been completed, but no release date has been announced yet.
Becoming Led Zeppelin will feature interviews with the remaining trio along with past conversations with their late drummer John Bonham who passed away in 1980. The Bernard MacMahon directed documentary will also include never-before-seen footage and photos of the band to bring the audience back in time to discover Zeppelin as they’ve never seem them before.
Becoming Led Zeppelin was first announced in 2019 and teased with the statement, “The documentary traces the journeys of the four members through the music scene of the 1960s, their meeting in the summer of 1968 for a rehearsal that will change the future of rock and culminates in 1970 when their second album knocks the Beatles off the top of the charts, and they become the number one band in the world.”
MacMahon impressed guitarist Jimmy Page when he released his 2017 debut documentary American Epic, which dives into the history of roots music that influenced rock ‘n’ roll and all the contemporary music we hear today. “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,” Page stated back in 2019.