Friday, December 11, 2009

The 12 days of Zeppelin: Fictional explanation of Led Zeppelin's $203,000 blunder

Also on the fifth day of Zeppelin, my true love gave to me:
A novel centering on the robbery of Led Zeppelin's money in 1973

Jason Buhrmester swears his story is fiction, but O.J. says his book is hypothetical too. Encounters with the Led Zeppelin entourage back in 1973 described in the novel "Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story of Classic Rock's Greatest Robbery" come across as likely interactions. However, Buhrmester has a good alibi: He was too young to have committed the crimes in his book. The protagonist of his story isn't.

"Black Dogs" is a fiction based on the mysterious robbery of $203,000 from Led Zeppelin at the Drake Hotel in New York at the end of the band's North American tour in July 1973. To answer the question of how this robbery might have been conducted, Buhrmester introduces us to a fictional group of bumbling criminals led by one slightly more thoughtful mastermind. This ragtag group swindles its way near Led Zeppelin on two occasions in pursuit of treasure. In doing so, they are caught up with several other circles with their own goals and their own self interest. It's a funny and clever story about a bunch of people you hope you'll never meet -- except, of course, for Jimmy Page, who's in the book.

Shortly after the April release of his book by Three Rivers Press, author Jason Buhrmester spoke with about his inspirations in writing it.

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