Why Led Zeppelin Went To Court After Writing “Stairway To Heaven”

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-03-24

Led Zeppelin recently had to go to court to discuss the legitimacy of their iconic hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” The trial forced lead singer Robert Plant to talk about the song under oath. This means the public could think of the band is plagiarists.

This isn’t the first time that there has been band controversy, but “Stairway to Heaven” is different. It’s really their calling card, so the claims that they didn’t create the full song are a major problem for the band.

In a way, it’s almost like the asterisk next to Pete Rose’s name in the Hall of Fame.

Led Zeppelin “Dazed And Confused”

Led Zeppelin | Photo Credit Cos

The band Led Zeppelin started at a very young age and their legend came thanks to patience and hard work over many years. This led to a record deal and the album, Led Zeppelin I to start with.

They were influenced by blues musicians and Jimmy Page joined the band after he left The Yardbirds. Because of these two facts, they couldn’t really hide their major influences for their music.

Page reworked a riff by Jake Holmes’ “Dazed and Confused” and they also stole the line, “I’ve been dazed and confused for so long.”

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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