Robert Plant: From Wales to Timbuktu

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.17.09 | 2:39 PM ET

In the wake of Plant’s five Grammy wins last week, the bloggers at Rock’s Backpages have dug up this 2003 story about a one-day tour of Snowdonia, in Wales—with the former Led Zeppelin frontman playing tour guide. In it, Plant reminisces about the ways a visit to Timbuktu influenced his subsequent solo efforts, and takes the writer to Bron-Yr-Aur, the rural Welsh cottage where he and Jimmy Page wrote much of “Led Zeppelin III.” “Bron-Yr-Aur gave Jimmy and me so much energy,” Plant says. “Because we were really close to something. We believed. It was absolutely wonderful, and my heart was so light and happy.”

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for Robert Plant: From Wales to Timbuktu

Hal Amen 02.17.09 | 9:33 PM ET

Thanks for blogging this, Eva! I love Snowdonia and III is my favorite Zep album, so to learn of this linkage makes my day.

Eva Holland 02.18.09 | 12:36 AM ET

Well I’m delighted to have made your day, Hal! :D I thought it was a pretty cool find.

On a downer-ish note, was anyone else appalled by the number of Grammy bloggers/twitterers declaring that “nobody has even heard of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss”? Sigh. I weep for our youth.

Sophia Dembling 02.18.09 | 2:32 PM ET

I saw the Plant/Krauss tour and it was the best show I’ve seen in years. I wish I were still there. Everyone must rush out and by the album right now. No, don’t argue. Go.

Jim Benning 02.18.09 | 2:49 PM ET

I agree that the Robert Plant-Allison Krauss collaboration was great, and particularly their version of “Please Read the Letter.” I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Allison’s angelic voice, and the way she harmonizes with Plant on that song

If you like that, I highly recommend Allison Krauss and Union Station “Live.” Particularly songs like “Let Me Touch You for a While.” I’ve never been a huge bluegrass/country fan—a decade ago I would have named the bluesy Led Zeppelin One as one of my favorite albums—but I love this stuff.

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