The Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings
are a collection of audio
recordings of musical performances by English rock band Led Zeppelin
which were never officially released by the band, or under other legal authority. The recordings consist of both live concert performances and outtakes from studio sessions conducted by the band. Many hundreds of Led Zeppelin bootlegs exist, and are widely collected by fans.
Led Zeppelin were, throughout the decade of the 1970s, one of the world's most frequently bootlegged
performers, and to this day remain one of the most bootlegged artists in the history of rock music. In August 1999, the band topped the list of Britain's most bootlegged musicians with 384 bootleg titles, compiled by the Anti-Piracy
Unit of British Phonographic Industry
.. The Independent
. Retrieved 25 March 2010. This phenomenon was due partly to the popularity of the band, which has ensured a large and enthusiastic market for unauthorised recordings, and partly to the large size of the audiences who attended their performances, which made the effective detection of covert recording equipment at these concerts virtually impossible.
Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant
, sometimes took extraordinary measures to combat the practice of live bootleg recordings at Led Zeppelin concerts
. He is reported to have personally visited record stores in......