On this day in music history: November 8, 1971 - “Led Zeppelin IV (aka Four Symbols, ZoSo, and Untitled)”, the fourth album by Led Zeppelin is released. Produced by Jimmy Page, it is recorded at Island Studios in London, Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA, and Headley Grange with The Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio in Headley, East Hampshire, UK from December 1970 - August 1971. Sessions begin at the newly opened Island Studios in London in late 1970. After a short period of time recording there, the band decides that a less pressured environment than a formal recording studio is needed. They move into a Victorian house called Headley Grange in the English countryside, using The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The bulk of the sessions are recorded at the house over the next few months, with much of the material being written on the spot while jamming. Bothered by the critical response to their previous album, Jimmy Page decides to release Led Zeppelin’s new album without a title or any information on the outer cover. The band’s label, Atlantic Records are not initially keen on the idea of releasing the album without a title or band’s name on it, believing that they are committing “professional suicide” by doing so. The only identifying marks in the cover artwork are four symbols that are to represent each member of the band. The cryptic symbols are added to the inner sleeve of the albums artwork featuring a painting (purchased by Robert Plant in an antique shop) of an elderly man with a bundle of kindling on his back on the front cover. The painting is photographed mounted to the wall of a partially demolished house. In spite of Atlantic’s misgivings, the album is a huge critical and commercial success, spinning off several classics including “Rock And Roll” (#47 Pop), “Black Dog” (#15 Pop), and the legendary “Stairway To Heaven”. It goes on to become the biggest selling album of Led Zeppelin’s career, and is currently the third best selling album of all time in the US. In October of 2014, the album is reissued on CD and vinyl, with both configurations available separately, and as a Super Deluxe box set with both included, along with an eighty eight page hardbound book, a numbered color lithograph of the cover artwork, and a download card with hi-rez files of the audio. “Led Zeppelin IV” spends four weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 23x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Double Diamond Certification.
On a completely different note than last time, here’s something not depressing!
In the Stanley Parable Discord chat, we created the best possible AU: a band AU. Narrator is on guitar and vocals, Stanley plays the drums , the Curator/Female Narrator plays the keyboard/piano (and possibly backup vocals), Mariella plays the banjo, and Line™ plays the bass (they’re a “bass line”! …. please laugh I’m very witty and funny).
On a side note, GOD I HATE DRAWING GUITARS.
I want to know the meaning of every tattoo you draw les Amis and co with ❤
omg!!! Okay hold on thight because this’ gon’ be a loong post:
at the moment les amis who don’t have tattoos are: Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Joly, Marius and probably Cosette. I’m also sure that Eponine has tattoos but I’ve never drawn them because I can’t decide
Grantaire left arm: - 3 roses (meaning: unknown) - black band: it’s a personal reminder of his depression, it works as both a statement for himself, meaning that he doesn’t want to go back into that darkness, and as a general symbol, a black bad/stripe usually means mourn and he feels like he’s lost years/experiences/his smile for a long time, so he’s technically mourning - “farouche” in cursive: a lot of people call him that, especially Enjolras, so he decided that was his favourite adjective ever right arm: - “art.”: a personal reminder that his goal is to make art from life, the full stop means that it’s a statement and that art’s the only thing needed to survive - black band: it’s a personal reminder like the other one, this time it’s a memo to stay sober
Combeferre left arm: - The Solar System: both because of his love for science and astronomy and because “we are so little in the universe”. - a moth: his favourite animal, not because it’s pretty/ugly, but because it’s naturally drawn to light even thought it’s a nocturnal animal and even thought it could kill it. - the chemical formula of love: because he firmly believes that anything can be explained through science and yet some things still are a mystery left side of torso: - “etre libre” (written in Victor Hugo’s calligraphy): “the greatest thing of all” - an Acathus (drawn in a classic style): this flower’s meaning are art (but it’s not the case) and friendship, and I went for the second one his friends’ being the best thing in his life.
Bahorel left shoulder: - hawaiian tattoo: his origins
Feuilly I never drew him without a long sleeved shirt, but he has both upper arms tattoed left upper arm: -geometric flowers: mostly because aesthetic, but the flowers are lilies that represent purity so it’s also an aro/ace statement*) right upper arm: -constellations (minimal: dots and lines): in these there’s Little Dipper with the Big Dipper, the Eagle and the Sagittarius. the first because it’s the contellation that holds the Polaris and because they are “twins” constellations, the second one because he lovees the eagle as an animal but would have never gotten it as a tattoo for the political implications, the third one because his “went into foster care-birthday” was the day the zodiac changed to Sagittarius (he doesn’t believe in Zodiac and Astrology tho)
Jehan right upper arm: - a minimal crown (couple tattoo) under his left shoulder - a minimal lavander: it means “serenity” and stands both for his calm paced poetry and motto on his left upper tight: -geometric poppies composition
Bossuet on his right hip: - “what doesn’t break you makes you stronger”: covers a scar, his first car accident, it’s a reminder that he may fail hard in life but he will always come up stronger. left and right wrists: - dandelions: it’s his favourite flower
Musichetta left under arm: - roses: her favourite flower and a statement of love and passion
Montparnasse - roses everywhere (right collarbone/lower neck area, upper arms/elbows, right hand) : it’s an aesthetic statement and he loves roses though he’ll never admit it left arm: - minimal crown (couple tattoo, it’s the arm they hold hands with usually) - the dark mark of the Death Eaters only that on the skull’s forehead there’s a cross: he comes from a very catholic family and he didn’t agree with that sin-morality, hence the skull with the cross on its forehead and a snake around (also he’s a nerd) right arm: - swallows: pirates were the heroes of his childhood and he just wanted to feel like one - “elegance” in cursive: a motto he lives by - a barber wire: it’s both because #aesthetic and to remember that he lived through hell (was it a war? A bad past? Depression??? only Jehan knows) - black band: a symbol of mourning to remember a young crew/gang member that had passed away too soon - geometric minimal diamond: a memory from his past as a criminal, it’s all smudged because it was his first tattoo ever and he’s still very attached to it, back in the day it was very fashionable and the Patron Minette’s members all did it as a group symbol - rose and knife crossed inside a circle (minimal): again for aesthetic purposes and because he loved how that juxtaposition represented him __ this is all I have for you, it came out so long so thank you to anyone who reads through all of this __ *I in no way mean that aro/ace people are “purer”, I just feel like lilies could easily became aro/ace symbolic flowers