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Bron-Yr-Aur (July 1993)

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Bron-Yr-Aur is a house in Gwynedd, Wales, on a hilltop overlooking the Dyfi Valley. Its name, pronounced “brahn-er-awr,” means golden breast or gold(en) hill in Welsh.

The rock band Led Zeppelin spent time there in 1969-1970, during the recording of their Led Zeppelin III album. They subsequently used the name of the house in the title of two different songs:

!. “Bron-Yr-Aur”, a tour-de-force by Jimmy Page on the six-string guitar, which appeared on the album Physical Graffiti and in the film The Song Remains the Same, when the band limousine was entering New York City for the 1973 Madison Square Garden concert,

2.  “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”, a country music inflected hoedown, released on Led Zeppelin III, in which Robert Plant waxes lyrical about walking in the woods with his blue eyed merle dog named Strider, allegedly after a character in The Lord of the Rings.

Though the cottage had no running water or electricity, the band used it as a retreat after their hectic American tour.

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