Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti - Platinum Drums

Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922 and the official print publisher for Led Zeppelin and thousands of other artists, is proud to add to its catalog of authentic Led Zeppelin drum transcription books with the album-matching folio to the band’s sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti.

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti Platinum Drums draws from more than 30 years of documentation, interviews, and recorded footage to present unprecedentedly accurate drum transcriptions for all 13 songs on the album, allowing drummers the opportunity to learn the genius behind John Bonham’s iconic grooves and fills.

The songbook also features vintage Zeppelin photographs and historical forewords by Guitar World magazine’s editor-in-chief, Brad Tolinski, that chronicle the history of one of classic rock’s greatest bands.

"Physical Graffiti, their sixth record, was the first album lengthy enough to showcase the complete breadth of a vision that had been in place since the group’s debut in 1969," says Tolinski. "[The album] was an immediate commercial success, becoming the first album in rock history to go platinum on advance orders alone."

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti Platinum Drums is now available for $19.99. Also available separately are albums I-V, as well as In Through the Out Door and Presence from the Led Zeppelin Platinum Drums catalog. Pick up your copies at a local music retail store, or buy them today at alfred.com.

Titles: Custard Pie * The Rover * In My Time of Dying * Houses of the Holy * Trampled Under Foot * Kashmir * In the Light * Down by the Seaside * Ten Years Gone * Night Flight * The Wanton Song * Black Country Woman * Sick Again.


Like the other books in the series, Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti Platinum Drums starts out with a nice historical forward from Guitar World magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Brad Tolinski, complete with vintage Zeppelin photographs.

As with my previous reviews of the Platinum Drums transcriptions, this series continues to have some of the best published John Bonham transcriptions to date, however the transcriptions are not perfect and definitely have errors.

Several examples of notation mistakes I found:
  • In measures 76-79 of "In My Time of Dying", the Kick drum is incorrect at the beginning of each measure; notated as ONE - TWO AND, but should be ONE AND - AND.
  • In "Kashmir", there are a number of Crashes missing; measure 13, 104, etc. Accent notations for the Snare are missing through the entire transcription.
  • "Ten Years Gone", fill in measure 53 during the Guitar solo is incorrectly notated. Fill in measure 105 (Beat 4) is incorrectly notated.

I did not take the time to check every single transcription in the book, just the three I've previously mentioned having errors, plus "Custard Pie" which appears to be an accurate transcription.

Despite the mistakes, I would still recommend this drum transcription series to all Led Zeppelin fans and those wanting to further study the drumming styles of legendary drummer, John Bonham.