Lenny Kravitz has opened up in his new memoir about the first time he started enjoying his first high from weed while being introduced to the music of Led Zeppelin.
In the memoir Let Love Rule (via Rolling Stone), out October 6th, Kravitz explains how the experience changed his life.
“During our escape from school, in the deserted courtyard, Shannon broke out a joint, lit it and passed it to Derek and me,” Kravitz wrote.
“I had tried weed a couple of times before, but never felt much. … I took a puff and exhaled. Still no effect. Shannon told me to hold it in longer. I did, and this time something shifted. At precisely the same time the head rush hit, Derek slipped a cassette in his boombox.”
Kravitz notes: “this was a moment. Maybe the moment. My head exploded. My mind blew up with the sound of the screaming guitar, the crazed vocal, the blasting beat. I was knocked on my ass. I hadn’t even heard of Led Zeppelin. I didn’t yet know the names Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. All I knew was that this music was electrifying every cell in my body. The mixture of marijuana and ‘Black Dog’ sent me soaring. The sky opened up. The world got bigger and more beautiful. I was f*cked up.”
Kravitz reflected that: “on the same day and at the same time, I turned into both a pothead and a Zep head. Before the end of the week, I’d bought every single Led Zeppelin cassette. Marijuana and rock ’n’ roll became my steady diet.”