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Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Over ‘Stairway’ Moves Forward

Earlier this year, news surfaced that someone claimed Led Zeppelin had stolen parts of their famous song “Stairway to Heaven” from another tune. Randy California, guitarist and songwriter for the band Spirit, had said in the past that “Stairway” was a ripoff of a song by his own band, an instrumental tune called “Taurus”. Randy California died in a drowning …

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Led Zeppelin Sued: Other Songs That Lost

We reported recently how Led Zeppelin is being sued by the estate of guitarist Randy California, formerly of the band Spirit. The plaintiffs allege that Led Zeppelin appropriated pieces of Spirit’s song “Taurus” to use in the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven”. This is not the first time Led Zeppelin have been accused of ripping off other people’s music. …

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Stairway to Heaven: Is It a Ripoff?

Led Zeppelin is back in an old familiar position. The band is in the middle of promoting a remastered catalog, but along comes a shocking accusation that brings back some nasty old memories. Back in 1969, Led Zeppelin played a few gigs with the band Spirit, best known for their song “I Got a Line On You”. Spirit had recorded, …

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Led Zeppelin Sued Over “Stairway”

Led Zeppelin’s classic album cut, “Stairway to Heaven”, is a staple in the band’s repertoire. It is one of the most easily-recognized songs in all of classic rock, and is nearly synonymous with the band itself. The opening A-minor arpeggio on acoustic guitar is so well-established that simple playing the first four notes brings either instant eye-rolls or instant smiles, …

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