Led Zeppelin, ‘Bring it On Home’
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Bring it on Home’ was released in 1969 as the somewhat monstrous concluding track of their album ‘Led Zeppelin 2’. Led Zeppelin are undoubtedly one of the most legendary and most famous rock bands in history; created by the former member of the yard birds Jimmy Page in 1968, the band have sold 111.5 million certified units in the US and over 200 million records worldwide. At the closing of this decade, a time when the prominent racial segregation was on the road to resolution, it has been disputed by rock fans young and old and through numerous court cases that certain material from Zeppelin’s work was plagiarised from black blues artists prior to the bands formation. ‘Bring it on Home’ is a perfect example of the issues at the crux of this on-going debate; the song encompasses an obvious closeness to Willie Dixon’s song of the same title, blending the blues roots with the typical traits of Zeppelin’s sound. Moreover, I wish to present why the song remains a strong representation of why and how Led Zeppelin are so influential. Before analysing the controversy behind ‘Bring it on Home’, it would be appropriate to contemplate other examples of Zeppelin’s work which have undergone similar accusations of plagiarism in order to support the significance of the song I have chosen. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ for instance, has undeniable correlation to the Muddy Waters song ‘You Need Love’. Even the opening lyrics, Zeppelin’s opening lyrics: “You need coolin', baby, I'm not foolin' I'm gonna send ya back to schoolin’” are obviously hugely identifiable to the Muddy Waters lyrics: “I ain't foolin' you need schoolin' Baby you know you need coolin'”. This similarity between the two continues through the entirety of the song. Also on the album, we see the same story with “Lemon Song”, in which the first, second and fourth verses are undoubtedly lifted from Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Killin’ Floor’ and ‘Moby Dick’ where the guitar riff driving the...
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