Produced by Katie Burningham and Alan Hall.
Broadcast on ABC Radio National's Into The Music, on May 10th 2008 and on WBEZ Chicago's Re:sound on 15th November 2008 and 7th November 2009.
In their own words, Lez Zeppelin are "all girls" and "all zep". They are four women, fronted by Australian singer Sarah McLellan and propelled by American guitarist Steph Paynes, who play the music of their heroes, Led Zeppelin.
They've toured America, the UK and Europe with their own brand of gender-bending rock and in 2008 they played Bonnaroo, one of the largest music festivals in the USA. But with that name and this male-blooded music, they're not without their critics.
In this profile of the band, we explore how they reinterpret the music of Zeppelin and, as women, face up to devout fans of the band. The programme is presented by Amy Jane Hall, daughter of the radio producer and, like her father, a Zep fan.
"Camping alone in a forest south of Nowra, I listened to your "Lez Zep" programme as the sun went down and the light of my camp fire became the focus. What a fantastic programme! The music (by Led Zep and Lez Zep), the women, the perspectives of both father and daughter: it was a wonderful examination of the music, and of the difference between tribute and interpretation. And I'm not even a Zep fan! Serious analysis of popular music - both past and present - is sorely lacking in any form at all. It would be wonderful if we could hear similar programmes which helped us to appreciate different musical genres. Well done!" Listener comment.