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How Led Zeppelin is still influential on our youth today

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Led Zeppelin has been one of my favorite rock bands since I discovered them on a sour day in the 8th grade, when I was going into this angsty phase where I was mad at everyone and the entire world. The only thing that seemed to give me peace of mind was rock music: specifically Led Zeppelin. We've all heard of this band through some sort of media outlet as being one of the most popular bands during the 1970's, if not through listening to one of their many top selling albums. Regardless, if you haven't heard of them and have been living under a rock, Led Zeppelin's music was set in London in 1968 and consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Their heavy, guitar set music is mostly described as heavy metal branching off of blues or folk and even some psychedelia.

Almost every college student I've come across during my two years here, has stated listening to Led Zeppelin and still being effortlessly drawn to their music despite it being over 40 years later since the band's first notable recognition. I totally understand the attraction, I've been a fan for years. Their themes of sex, youth, and love are relatable even today, and their lyrics are hypnotic. Not to mention that the heavy guitar use in many of their songs has become a signature trademark. Zeppelin's had a major impact on the musical business since its time and many current artists, such as Shakira and Lady Gaga. Even those popular 90's bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam have adapted some of the same style from Zeppelin in their tunes.

I think as teenagers and young adults, we often go through this phase of not knowing who we want to be, or what we are doing with our lives through various phases of college, sex, love, maybe even drugs. In that process of trying to find oneself through society and its norms, its easier to relate back to music that talked boldly about these various themes. Powerful music that was raw and meant something, Zeppelin makes you feel something when you listen to them. They weren't afraid to express exactly what they wanted to with their music, unlike some current bands who aren't as open with their lyrics because of how society is in regards to being more closed off and "appropriate". This is exactly why I think Led Zeppelin is going to continue being a band thats going to live on and attract to other future generations of youth.

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