John Bonham Caricature


Caricature of English musician John Bonham (Bonzo), drummer for the British rock band Led Zeppelin. Shown here, age 22 in 1970.
Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and “feel” for the groove. He is considered number one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest drummers of all time.
Began learning to play drums at age 5, making a kit of containers and coffee tins, imitating his idols Max Roach, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Bonham never took formal drum lessons.
In 1968 he was asked to join the newly formed group Led Zeppelin by guitarist Jimmy Page. Bonham used the longest and heaviest sticks, which he called “trees”.
On September 24, 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals. Bonham asked to stop for breakfast, where he drank four quadruple vodka Screwdrivers (16 shots between 400–560 ml, also equivalent to 9-13 American standard drinks). He then continued to drink heavily after arriving at rehearsals.
After rehearsal he went to Page’s house and fell asleep; someone took him to bed and placed him on his side.
He was found unresponsive the next afternoon. Bonham was later pronounced dead at 32 years old on September 25, 1980.
The inquest on October 24, 1980 showed that in 24 hours, Bonham had consumed around 40 shots (1–1.4 litres) of 40% ABV vodka, after which he vomited and choked. The finding was accidental death.
His son, Jason Bonham now plays drums for Plant and Page when they tour.

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All prints are produced using Giclee printing process which is used for archival art reproduction. This process uses fade-resistant archival pigment-based ink which lasts over 100 years. All prints are printed on 310GSM, Luxurious mould-made, 100% cotton rag Archival Certified watercolor paper.

Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 28 × 24 × 2 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185