After the loosening effects of time, Preston has pulled quite a few images from that desk. We see no mud sharks or coke parties in this memoir, but we get private glimpses, candid moments and anecdotes that sharpen our views of the players: Jimmy Page the mercurial mastermind, Robert Plant the brazen frontman and sensitive soul, John Paul Jones the sly secret weapon, and John Bonham the affable yet volatile beast. Preston's shots of road weariness are balanced by onstage glee and swagger. "They weren't famous by accident, they were famous on purpose," says Danny Goldberg, vice president of the group's Swan Song label. "They liked being the biggest band in the world."