Junoon Documentary (video; music) + Led Zeppelin: Crossing cultures

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Added: February 17, 2006

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Led Zeppelin: Crossing cultures

Al Jazeera English
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2007
14:22 MECCA TIME, 11:22 GMT

Since their formation from the remnants of the British band The Yardbirds in 1968, Led Zeppelin have consistently been in the vanguard of amalgamating musical themes from around the world.

In Physical Graffiti, for example, guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham, vocalist Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones incorporated Middle Eastern musical themes into their hard rock riffs, unleashing a torrent of east-meets-west influences in the years to come.

Ahead of Led Zeppelin’s reunion in London on December 10, two musicians – Salman Ahmed and Mark Levine, from Pakistan and the United States respectively – offer their interpretations of how successful the band has been in using music to bridge the cultural divide.

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