Legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin announced the release of the first ever band-sanctioned documentary in celebration of their upcoming 50th anniversary.
“The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life,” said bassist John Paul Jones in an official press release.
The yet-untitled film, now in post-production, is directed by British filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, also behind the 2017 four-part PBS documentary American Epic, focusing on the history and roots of American music.
MacMahon’s work on PBS convinced the band members he was right for the job. “When I saw everything Bernard had done visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,” said guitarist Jimmy Page.
In the press release, the production is described as “the definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest selling rock band” and it will focus on the band’s experiences in the 1960s and 1970s, when their Led Zeppelin II record out-charted the Beatles’ own Abbey Road. Fans will also be treated to archival footage, new interviews with the surviving band members and never-before-seen ones with the late John Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s original drummer, who passed in 1980.
Considered by many to be one of the most influential rock bands in the history of music, Led Zeppelin released nine albums between 1969 and 1979 that all landed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart. Six of them reached the top spot. In 1995, they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.