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Mountain Man: Robert Plant Goes Back to his Welsh Roots

Barney Hoskyns, Tracks, 2003

WHEN YOU'RE TOLD that Robert Plant will meet you on the platform of Machynlleth station in southern Snowdonia, you figure, "Sure, some hapless lackey will be dispatched from Percy's mountaintop Valhalla to bundle me into the back of a muddy Range Rover." But it says a lot about the 55-year-old former Led Zeppelin frontman – he of the lion's-mane locks and the maiden-come-hither open shirt – that he is leaning, one leg cocked, against the wall of Machynlleth's ticket office as the 10:48 from Birmingham pulls in.

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