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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.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/mus ... 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvLsutfI5M

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLiuMkGCOC4&feature=kp
That's why I never became a leading rock songwriter. Too much trouble.