Lenny Kravitz Says His Led Zeppelin And The Who Admiration Allowed His Breakthrough

American singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz, shared a post on his official Instagram account to announce his new book with Genesis Publications. The musician also remembered the time his admiration for bands like The Who and Led Zeppelin formed the sound that initiated his music career.

Lenny Kravitz is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose style includes elements from various genres, including rock, blues, R&B, soul, and pop. In addition to his success in the music industry, the Grammy award-winning artist also gained recognition for his fashion choices and acting career.

Although he achieved many accomplishments with his talent in the entertainment industry, he expressed how he started his career in his new book ‘The Formative Years.’ The rocker not only discussed his groundbreaking European inspirations, such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, and Pink Floyd, but also talked about how his looks, race, and music made everyone question him at first in the US. However, his time in Europe eventually allowed his music to reach a broader audience in the United States.

When discussing his book, he mentioned that he was different from everybody and was into English rock and roll, so they sent him to Europe. Kravitz stated it was the best option for him as his music was well received and allowed him to reach the US. When he returned to the US, he looked and sounded different from everyone putting out records at the time. He added that starting in Europe gave him an advantage.

Kravitz’s words on the IG video he posted:

“I was into English rock and roll whether it was Zeppelin or The Beatles, The Who or Pink Floyd. They didn’t know what to do with me when I came out because I did not fit in any box. So I think they thought, ‘Well, let’s send him to Europe.’ The first place I went to was London, Paris, Hamburg, Germany, Amsterdam, and Holland, and that’s where I broke.

Then I came back to the US. Here I was, I was black, I was white, rock and roll and soul and making these organic records when people at the time were not making records that sounded like that. And my look and the way I presented myself. I think they were not sure what to do with me. Sending me to Europe was definitely the right thing to do first because they gave me the time of day.”

During his music career of four decades, Kravitz released eleven studio albums for which he won many awards and made it to several lists of greatest artists. The latest record the musician released was the eleventh studio album, ‘Raise Vibration,’ which came out on September 7, 2018.