This week was the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. If the album were a person, it would be middle aged. Maybe it would have kids. It would be time for a colonoscopy. As Louis CK says, 40 is half dead.
A lot has been written this week about the album’s anniversary, and it’s been interesting to read some of the columns in Rolling Stone and NPR and Fortune. The writers talk about listening to the album in high school, or college, or their formative years right after its release in 1975. I can’t say the same, because I was -16 years old when the album came out. I could not listen to this album forty years ago – because, as far as I’m aware, I was not living in 1975.
It’s a damn good album, one of the best. A nice round anniversary gives us a chance to look back and celebrate it.
Anyway, here’s the best video on the internet.