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Lenny Kravitz reveals Led Zeppelin opened up 'a vortex' in music for him

Lenny Kravitz expressed how the rock band, Led Zeppelin became his musical inspiration

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Lenny Kravitz reveals Led Zeppelin opened up 'a vortex' in music for him

Lenny Kravitz expressed how the rock band, Led Zeppelin became his musical inspiration

Lenny Kravitz reveals Led Zeppelin opened up a vortex in music for him
Lenny Kravitz reveals Led Zeppelin opened up 'a vortex' in music for him

Lenny Kravitz revealed that just like everyone, he too used to listen to a musical band that inspired him to create music and it was no other than Led Zeppelin.

In this week's cover story of PEOPLE magazine, the 59-year-old rock star first discussed his formative experience when he first listened to the English rock band lead by their vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page.

“I was cutting class with my friend, another Black Jewish kid, and she rolled this really nice joint, and I had never been high before. This guy had a boom box playing Zeppelin IV, and I was reborn,” Kravitz said as he recalled his childhood memory in Santa Monica, California, as he listened to the 1971 album of the band.

Zeppelin IV was the band’s fourth record which was untitled at the time and later became commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV as it was followed by the first three similarly titled releases.

Lenny Kravitz reveals Led Zeppelin opened up a vortex in music for him

While the album is famously known for its now-influential song, Stairway to Heaven, it was the album’s lead track, Black Dog, that captivated Kravitz at the time "with this great riff.”

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Listening to that track and the band overall proved to be pivotal moment for Kravitz, who up until that point of his life, only cited groups like the Jackson 5, for giving him a first taste to the genre of rock and roll.

“Those were rock stars — young, Black rock stars doing it to the fullest,” he added.

For Kravitz, Led Zeppelin introduced what the rock and roll genre could actually be, particularly when the race and sound are discussed.

When it comes to Led Zeppelin, what actually inspired Kravitz “was the power of Black music like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, electrified by these British musicians who understood the origin and made it louder and more intense.”

“When I heard it, this vortex opened up,” the singer who is known for infusing many genres such as rock, funk, reggae, soul and R&B into his own music, said.

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