Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant To Star In New Rockfield Studios Documentary
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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During his time with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant was no stranger to recording in secluded country locations.
While in Zep he would record, write and rehearse material at Bron-Yr-Aur and Headley Grange.
After the death of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in 1980, Robert Plant would again retreat to a remote location to record solo debut Pictures at Eleven.
“Rockfield was an absolute dream because it was pastoral, funny and had a fantastic musical history,” Robert Plant shared of the studios in 2006. “I really enjoyed my being in this Rockfield environment. I had lived in this goldfish bowl in Led Zeppelin.”
Taking up residence, Plant would also record 1982 follow up Principle of Moments at the studio as well.
Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm will tell the story of the studio’s inception and rise to prominence.
Alongside Robert Plant, the documentary film will also feature appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Liam Gallagher, several other notable UK acts will assist in telling the studio’s story.
Rockfield Studios was founded by music-loving brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward in the 1960s.
Located in the heart of Wales, the studios quickly became renowned as one of the nation’s finest live-in recording studios.
It was also the location where Queen would record ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in 1975.
The farm continued to be popular in the ’80s and 1990s with The Stone Roses and Oasis strolling its halls.
“This is the unlikely tale,” the film’s synopsis reads, “of how two Welsh farming brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing four decades of legendary rock music.”
“Fifty years ago,” it continues, “deep in the Welsh countryside, brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward were starting out in the family dairy farming business. But they yearned to do something different – they wanted to make music. So they built a studio in the attic of their farmhouse and started recording with their friends. Kingsley’s new wife, Ann, left her job in the local bank to do the books, and they continued farming all the while. Animals were kicked out of barns and musicians were moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the world’s first independent residential recording studio: Rockfield.”
Kingsley Ward, aged 80, still manages the studios to this day.
The movie will premier at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this March.