05. Led Zeppelin and the “Mud Shark”
I think my level of engagement and awareness when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll conspiracies began with the discovery of Led Zeppelin’s lascivious “mud shark” rumor. Honestly, there’s nothing darkly mysterious about this perennial tall tale involving Led Zeppelin, a willing groupie, and consensual sodomy involving a freshly caught fish from the Puget Sound.
Honestly, the truth behind it sounds both tame and gross all at once by today’s standards, but it’s one of those raunchy stories that helped make Zeppelin larger than life and really drew me in when I was a pubescent teenager with wide eyes and ears and lots (and lots) of feelings. We actually reference this rumor in the first issue of Rockstars, as it’s one a lot of people go to in their heads when they hear the premise for the comics series.