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Rolling Stone 10th Anniversary: Top 10 Albums of Their First Decade



To celebrate Rolling Stone‘s 10th Anniversary (way back in 1977!), each of their writers shared their Top 10 Albums of the magazine’s first decade. Here is Cameron’s list (he went with 8 albums and 2 singles), in no particular order. Happy Friday All…

Rolling Stone 10th Anniversary: Top 10 Albums of the Last 10 Years (1967-1977)

Katy Lied – Steely Dan

Anonymous, abosolutely impeccable swing-pop. No cheap displays of human emotion.

Todd Rundgren - Something Anything

Todd Rundgren – Something Anything

Something/Anything? – Todd Rundgren

Gloriously cheap displays of human emotion. Heart-wrenching teen classics.


For the Roses – Joni Mitchell

In which Joni Mitchell so far outstrips anything else to emerge from the singer/songwriter boom that half the field promptly drops out.


Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin

Harder than Exile on Main Street and three times as convincing.


At the Fillmore East – The Allman Brothers Band

The tragic and ultimately garish aftermath of the Allman Brothers Band began immediately after the release of this magnificent live album. Now their memory is all but obscured; no one even yells out “Whipping Post” at concerts anymore. Their spooky pinnacle remains.


Jackson Browne – Jackson Brown

Taken as a whole, this album is a southern California Catcher in the Rye. Jackson will doubtlessly continue to make more finely crafted records, but nothing as wide-eyed and endearing as his first.


Spinner – The Spinners

Thom Bell, ladies and gentlemen. Thom Bell!


White Album – The Beatles

In the words of semiprofessional session guitarist Danny Kortchmar, “You still can’t buy a better record.”


“Take It Easy” – The Eagles

Those first two chords mean instant top-down summer . . . anywhere, any time. Not, however, worth the trip to Winslow, Arizona.


“Ohio” – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

If punk is any indication of the alternative, I’ll stick with the Sixties wimps.

Courtesy of Rolling Stone #254 – Cameron Crowe – December 15, 1977

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Oct 23, 2015

Led Zeppelin – Slowly Rising



Cameron gets the scoop on Led Zeppelin’s latest album, Presence. This August, 1976 story is brand new to the site and marks our 251st article/interview in the Journalism section. Happy Monday!


Zeppelin Rising . . . Slowly

Jimmy Page tells how Led Zep turned an accident into an album: ‘We started screaming and never stopped’

Los Angeles – Had singer Robert Plant’s sedan not slammed into a tree on the Greek island of Rhodes, shattering his ankle and all the bone supporting his left leg, Led Zeppelin would surely have dwarfed all touring competition is golden rock & roll summer. But Plant, who is not one to perform from a chair, is still months away from complete recovery. Until that day, the band even Elton John calls “the world’s biggest act in music” is stilled.

Presence, Zeppelin’s seventh and latest album, remains one of the best-selling albums of the year, even without benefit of a tour, a single or even a photo of the band. A film of the band in concert, The Song Remains the Same, is set for release this fall. All this at a time when most heavy-metal heroes have either tempered their approach or died an unsuspecting death. Such is the enigma of Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy Page, the band’s guitarist and mentor, was on a working vacation in Los Angeles with Plant, drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham, manager Peter Grant and various members of Bad Company. Page was keeping a low profile. His easy pace of writing, relaxing and supervising a band called Detective, the newest act on Led Zep’s Swan Song label, was interrupted by only one nightclub visit – to the Roxy for Doctor Feelgood – and one interview.

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Sep 22, 2015

Meet the Crew: Neal Preston



Neal Preston is one of rock’s most celebrated and iconic photographers. Neal’s relationship with Cameron nearly goes back to the beginning of his illustrious career. We chatted with Neal on location in Hawaii about his career, his new iBook Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury and much more.

When did you first meet Cameron? I know you guys worked together at Circus magazine and Rolling Stone, but had you met earlier while he was writing for the San Diego Door or Creem?

You know, I actually don’t recall the very first time we met — but I know that around the time we met he was definitely writing for the San Diego Door. I remember my girlfriend Bobbi (who was a publicist with rock p.r. agency Gershman, Gibson and Stromberg) shoving a copy of the Door in front of me, virtually demanding that I “read this kid’s stuff!! He’s only 14 years old!!!!”

Yeah, he could write, but what was far more astounding to me was that he was a really good ping pong player.  There was a ping-pong table in the rec center where he lived.  I was 5 years older than him, yet he probably beat me 80-90% of the time.  I hated losing to him, more than he ever knew.  In fact I’m still upset about it.

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Apr 22, 2014

Led Zeppelin: The Hammer of the Gods



Cameron’s looks back at Led Zeppelin just months after the death of drummer John Bonham.  This was the original piece that inspired Stephen Davis to call his infamous Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods.

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May 21, 2013

Led Zeppelin: Rolling Stone Collector’s Edition


Rolling Stone has just released a Led Zeppelin special collector’s edition issue. In addition to Cameron’s 1975 cover story on the band, it includes the following list of impressive features:

  • The inside story behind the 2007 reunion concert
  • The 40 greatest Zeppelin songs of all time
  • 10 wildest Zeppelin legends, fact-checked
  • A definitive guide to all of Zeppelin’s albums
  • A classic Q & A with John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
  • Plus 60 intimate photos, from the band’s early days to its epic peak and comeback

This special issue is available at newsstands or Barnes & Noble online.

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Nov 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Robert Plant


Robert Plant by Neal Preston (1975)

To celebrate and honor Robert Plant’s birthday today, we’d like to remind you about all the various Zeppelin related Journalism that’s available for your viewing pleasure. Dive in and reacquaint yourself with all things Led Zep.


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Aug 20, 2012

Led Zeppelin – On Tour


Jimmy Page (Photo By Neal Preston)

A new addition to the Journalism section today as Cameron profiles Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti tour in this Rolling Stone article from May, 1975. In this piece entitled “Led Zep Conquers States, ‘Beast’ Prowls to the Din of Hordes”, you’ll find some vintage Robert Plant and Jimmy Page quotes as the band wraps up their North American trip.

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Jun 2, 2012

Led Zeppelin: First Rolling Stone Cover


Backstage at the recent We Bought A Zoo soundtrack event, Cameron tells jónsi the story of trying to get Led Zeppelin to do the cover of Rolling Stone (after the magazine famously trashed their first album).

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Jan 4, 2012

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