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Essay on Stairway To Heaven

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Christians view life in a manner that they see only two paths for a person to follow: a path to heaven and a path to hell. Led Zeppelin shared this view on life and contextualized their belief into their song “Stairway to Heaven.” Led Zeppelin wrote this song as a way to enlighten those who may have lost their and followed the wrong path in life and also giving a history of Catholic Church during medieval times. The song also is critically acclaimed as one of the best rock songs of all time and even considered the very best song that guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant ever composed together (Karbo). The band consisted of the aforementioned Page and Plant and keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The band was formed as the New Yardbirds out of London, England in 1968 (Gilmore). Led Zeppelin subsequently changed their name in November, 1968, shortly after their formation and the original lead guitarist Jeff Beck decided to leave. The band then signed with Atlantic Records due to a larger amount of artistic freedom given to the band. The band released three studio albums before releasing their fourth album “Black Dog,” previously titled Led Zeppelin IV, which contained their masterpiece “Stairway to Heaven.” Members of the band and critics of music both agree that “Stairway to Heaven” help create the popularity of the band in the 1970’s (Gilmore). The song also is attributed as one of the greatest songs of all time by Billboard who rate the songs (Karbo) based on chart positions during their initial release and also by their continued fame years, and in certain cases such as this, decades preceding this initial release.

Led Zeppelin has been around for a little over four decades and this song is almost as old as the band itself. There have been many different rhetorical interpretations of this song from fans to music critics to the band itself. Fans also can be seen on sites claiming there really was not any intended...