WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH – A biography of Led Zeppelin, Mick Wall/Orion, £8.99.

THIS, says the blurb on the book, is the big one – a juicy biography of arguably the biggest band of the late 60s and the 70s.

And it doesn’t disappoint as Wall, a former associate of both Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, unflinchingly details the music, the concerts and the massive excesses.

It really is sex and drugs and rock and roll, but at a price as the five individuals who made the dream of Led Zep a reality – Page, Plant, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and infamous manager Peter Grant – deal with disaster, drug addiction and death. Well illustrated and utterly compelling.