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Why Robert Plant Won’t Write a Memoir

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Robert Plant has explained why he has no plans to write a memoir of his career – suggesting that it was be too much like becoming part of a culture he’d spent his life trying to reject. The former Led Zeppelin singer remains comfortable with giving interviews, but simply isn’t interested in going further and writing a book.

“Where the f— does this memoir s— come from?” he laughed during a talk with Classic Rock, as Plant continues promoting his latest solo album Carry Fire. “Once upon a time we were social deviants, pushed out to the corners of society, quite often body-searched in the street by cops.

“I remember walking through Dearborn with John Bonham in 1969, on a Sunday afternoon, when Detroit was in flames, and looking across the cityscape and seeing smoke and things like that,” Plant added, “and some people went by in a big Lincoln Continental and they put the window down slowly and spat at us – because we were hippies.

“We were representing a challenge to the order. So, do we want to chum up and cuddle up on the whole idea of going to a publisher and telling stories? I mean, what – who – for? Those stories are locked nicely between my two ever-growing ear holes. So f— it. There’s a lot in there, and that’s where it’s staying.”

In the same interview, Plant described on-going interest in a Led Zeppelin reunion as “sad,” arguing that “magazines and internet platforms should be supporting new music” instead. Asked if he found it amusing to read the same old stories, he replied: “It is kind of funny, I have to admit. But, hey, there’s better way to entertain yourself, believe me.”

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