Led Zeppelin captured live for the first time in Spokane gym, December 30, 1968. Within a year, they’d be big. Within two, they’d be huge. And within three, they’d be the biggest band in the world. But on December 30, 1968, the quartet of British rockers preparing for their fifth-ever gig in the United States were using propane heaters to keep themselves and their equipment warm while they waited to go on as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge at a concert in a frigid college gymnasium in western Washington State. A few serious rock fans in attendance had at least heard about the new band formed around the former guitarist from the now-defunct Yardbirds, but if those fans even knew the name of this new group, they might not have recognized it in the ads that ran in the local newspaper. The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, ran an advertisement on this day in 1968 for a concert at Gonzaga University featuring “The Vanilla Fudge, with Len Zefflin”—a concert of which a bootleg recording would later emerge that represents the first-ever live Led Zeppelin performance captured on tape. Find Led Zeppelin at the library, in hoopla and on Freegal.
Mercer Mayer, children’s book writer and illustrator. was born in Little Rock Arkansas on December 30, 1943. He has published over 300 books using a wide range of illustrative styles. Mayer is best known for his “Little Critter” and “Little Monster” series of books. In addition to writing and illustrating his own books, Mayer has collaborated on many projects with other children’s authors. He has illustrated books for John Bellairs, Jane Yolen, Jan Wahl, Jay Williams, John D. Fitzgerald, among others. Find Mercer Mayer at the library and on hoopla.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling, an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist, was born in Bombay, India on December 30, 1865. Kipling’s works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888). His poems include “Mandalay” (1890), “Gunga Din” (1890), “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” (1919), “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), and “If—” (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children’s books are classics of children’s literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting “a versatile and luminous narrative gift”. Find Rudyard Kipling in the library, on OverDrive and at hoopla.