Sooooooo I wrote Warner Music Group’s London office for permission to use Led Zeppelin lyrics in my forthcoming book Blue Rubber Pool . I thought they’d go along within for kicks and giggles. You see, my book comes out in 2018–same year as their 50th anniversary. I thought they’d like the guerilla marketing aspect (a lot of guerilla work occurs in Blue Rubber Pool). Too, I thought they wouldn’t–given the extent to which their music was influenced by others outside the band.
I’d like to be part of your 50th anniversary celebration for Led Zeppelin in 2018. During a difficult period in my life I wrote a sort of journal about a middle-aged guy whose sanity is spared after finding a long lost bag of weed tucked in a box with his favorite Led Zeppelin cassette. With these he climbs into a cheap rubber pool and floats off into a variety of adventures —many of which cause him to question the world around him (love, war, religion, capitalism, socialism, etc.).
The book is under contract for publication next year. The contract stipulates that I strip out all Led Zeppelin lyrics (they appear sporadically throughout the tale) or provide written permission to use them. I am writing to secure permission. My thought is that writers, painters and artists of all types should be invited to show the influence of Led Zeppelin across all art mediums. Wouldn’t that be cool: A worldwide grassroots “cheers” to the greatest band ever.
I’ll be glad to share the Blue Rubber Pool manuscript via email. Line edits begin in coming months or so. I realize this is a long shot but look forward to your reply either way nevertheless.
What I got back: crickets. Combined with the usually nightly ruckus of geese brawling on the Jonesville Reservoir (not far through the trees at Pineapple Hill).
O well. We’re going with an Un-Ledded version. No prob.
— Tim “JT” Bryant, Surf Director, Pineapple Hill