Cameron Crowe Talks Led Zeppelin Rolling Stone Cover

Just in case there was any doubt as to how much the band Stillwater in Almost Famous was inspired by the real-life rockers a teenage Cameron Crowe traveled with in the 1970s as a budding journalist for Rolling Stone, the director sat down with Jonsi — the man behind the score to Crowe’s latest directorial effort, We Bought A Zoo — to discuss a story mirrored in the 2000 film. Back in 1975, Led Zeppelin were initially reluctant to pose for the cover of the magazine, having memorized and fumed over RS‘s negative review of their debut LP. With a little encouragement from Joe Walsh to help the then 16-year-old Crowe land a cover story and the agreement of all members (including the final standout, Jimmy Page), they agreed to be feted on the publication. Check out the full video of Crowe’s story above, and Led Zep’s first Rolling Stone cover to the left.

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