Robert Plant is one of the most legendary singers in rock music history, but his life hasn't been all hit records and world tours. In fact, you might be surprised to hear about some of the rough experiences he's endured. Keep watching to discover his tragic true-life story.
Plant was born in Staffordshire, England and grew up in a comfortably middle-class house. His father was an engineer, and his parents pushed him to become an accountant. But Plant had discovered blues music, and he was having trouble pretending to care about his education. As he told The Guardian in 1970,
"It was really hard to combine the two and keep a compatible relationship with schoolmasters and parents at the same time as doing what I really wanted to do."
Plant left school when he was 17 to pursue his music dreams, which upset his parents. As he recalled,
"I got in with this crew, which I'm afraid upset my parents a bit, and the cleft between Mum and Dad and Robert got a bit wider and a bit wider."
Luckily for Plant, he managed to make a huge success out of skipping out on that accounting degree, and he managed to eventually patch things up with his folks. As he told Louder in 2020,
"I had my moment of professional potential, and because I didn't accept it I had to leave home when I was seventeen. So I toughened up pretty quickly. I made my peace with my parents a couple of years later. But it was good, it was what it should be."
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Leaving home at 17 | 0:00 Jimmy Page's second choice | 1:16 Car crash and memory loss | 2:11 Vocal cord surgery | 3:12 Another car accident | 4:11 Young son's untimely death | 5:16 Almost quitting music forever | 6:19 Losing his best friend | 7:19 Trouble at home | 8:31 Breaking up again | 9:28
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