Yorke Celebrates the release online version of his Led Zeppelin biography with friends.

Yorke Celebrates the release online version of his Led Zeppelin biography with friends.

(left to right – Led Zeppelin Webmaster Sam Repallo, Robert Plant and author Ritchie Yorke)

Author Ritchie Yorke celebrated the release of the online ebook version of his Led Zeppelin biography by presenting a hard copy edition to singer Robert Plant in Toronto.

Plant was performing with his band the Sensational Shape Shifters at the Molson Amphitheatre on Tuesday Sept. 15, the same day as Yorke’s ebook was launched through his website, <ritchieyorke.com>.

It will also be available on other platforms in the near future.

Yorke, who was in Toronto to oversee the launching of his new book on John and Yoko Lennon’s War Is Over If You Want It peace campaign. “CHRIST YOU KNOW IT AIN’T EASY : JOHN AND YOKO’S BATTLE FOR PEACE.”  The ebook will be published on October 9, which would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday.

There has been four separate editions of Yorke’s Led Zeppelin biography, and it has been published in several languages, including Japanese, German, English and Yiddish.

It was first released in 1976.  It had sold more than a quarter of a million copies internationally.

Yorke produced his book with the assistance and co-operation of manager Peter Grant and members of Led Zeppelin.  It was the first book about Led Zeppelin.

Yorke is credited with having been the first media person to publicly forecast the massive North American success of Led Zeppelin.  He had been sent an advance white-label copy of the band’s first album by his friend and mentor, Jerry Wexler, executive vice president of Atlantic Records.

He responded very positively to the band’s first album and subsequently introduced each of Zeppelin’s Toronto appearances (including the Rock Pile, O’Keefe Centre and Maple Leaf Gardens).

Bass and keyboards player John Paul Jones recently described Yorke as Led Zeppelin’s “champion” in its early days.