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November 7, 2011, 12:56 pm
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This week in history for 11/7 – 11/13 in the Film+Music scene…

11/7/1975: Elton John’s Rock of the Westies started a three week run at No. 1 on the US album chart. John released Seven consecutive No. 1 US albums during his career.

11/8/1971: Led Zeppelin released their critically-acclaimed fourth album. No title was printed on the album, so it was generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. This album went on to become the third best-selling US album of all time.

11/9/1984: A Nightmare On Elm Street directed by Wes Craven premiered. The film’s budget was only $1.8 million, a sum it pulled in during its first week in theaters.

11/11/1955: Elvis Presley was voted by Billboard Magazine to be the ‘most promising new country & western artist’. The next year, Presley released Heartbreak Hotel,  which became an instant No. 1 hit.

11/12/1977: The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.  It was their only album to top the charts. Rolling stone rated it #43 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

11/13/1991: Walt Disney Pictures released Beauty and the Beast. The film was a smashing success, earning over $400 million in box office earnings throughout the world. It was the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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October 26, 2009, 10:42 am
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Seattle Channel
This week on Artzone, renowned Seattle-based rock journalist, Charles Cross, chats about his new book on Led Zeppelin. To see the full program, check out the above link.

October 6, 2009, 11:09 am
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Seattle Times
Led Zeppelin is the subject of local journalist, Charles Cross’, latest book, “Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls,” due to be released Tuesday. The title is a relatively obscure line from perhaps the band’s most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven,” and a reference to the book’s premise — that the band has had an outsize influence on rock music, one that could not be fully predicted or appreciated when the band was together. “The band was known more for its off-stage antics, which were a lot of times greatly exaggerated or distorted,” said Cross, who wrote a previous book on Led Zeppelin as well as books about Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. (Cross also occasionally writes about music for The Seattle Times.) “It truly was the records they created that formed their legacy. These albums became the cornerstones of what we call modern rock ‘n’ roll.”