This 70-minute film covers the years of struggling before Led Zeppelin: the session studios and amateur band scene of the 1960s. It then focusses on the modest success of outfits like The Yardbirds and Band Of Joy, and eventually culminates in the formation of Led Zeppelin, the first two albums, and international acclaim and popularity. It features rare musical performances, and obscure footage of rare interviews and rarely seen photographs. The program is injected with review, comment, criticism and insight from; Alan Clayson, former Melody Maker journalist, Chris Welch; ex-1960s NME editor, Keith Altham; Yardbirds guitarist, Chris Dreja; and many more.
Documenting what Led Zeppelin was like before Led Zeppelin, this film examines the context and origin of one of rock's most influential bands. Exploring the band scene of the early 1960s, including the success of predecessors the Yardbirds and Band of Joy, ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES traces the group's initial formation and rise to the top. Interviews, performance footage, and rare photographs are combined with commentary from experts such as Melody Maker's Chris Welch, NME's Keith Altham, and former Yardbird Chris Dreja.