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Stairway to California

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 1:05 pm
by Paul S
Well, I'm not that interested in this, but if you can manage to watch the Sidney Morning Herald newsclip here, it includes Davy Graham, The Beatles and My Fair Lady. ... zrikj.html

Re: Stairway to California

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 1:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Of course Zeppelin ripped it off - Page and Plant were big Spirit fans - but that descending bass line was ubiquitous at the time. If Randy California's line finished on the tonic instead of the subdominant, they'd have a much better case. But Zeppelin ripped off people right, left and centre. This is funny:

Re: Stairway to California

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 1:26 pm
by Paul S
I found a pile of Mojos from 2001-2003 in the loft recently.
I dipped into one last night with Page & Plant on the cover.
It had a feature on their folk roots, complete with a sidebar of shame listing many of their folk influences who were originally uncredited.

Including one about the son of folk singer/writer Anne Bredon, who asked her, mid-80s, why she was playing a Led Zeppelin (Babe I'm Gonna Leave You)tune on her guitar. Cue lawyers.
Googling this, I can then find people claiming that song's riff came from this lot:
That's why I never became a leading rock songwriter. Too much trouble.