Laughably maligned by critics for most of its active career, a revision of Greek mythology may now include a 13th slot for the band on Mount Olympus as they are arguably the Zeus of rock and roll music (sorry Elvis, you had the mojo and the hip-swing, but didn't bring the lightning and thunder). While Zeppelin's career may have been relatively short-lived, it still managed to burn an indelible, mysterious mark in modern music history that is largely kept alive by its introverted, immensely talented and equally mysterious mastermind, Jimmy Page. Tabloid-like tell-alls aside, LIGHT AND SHADE gives Page a platform to speak somewhat openly about his musical life before, during and after Zeppelin ... a satisfyingly light meal for fans, but few others.
Guitar World magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Brad Tolinski, provides a book's worth of material that mainly includes transcriptions of his interviews with Page over the years. Straight-forward and somewhat narrow in scope, Page...
This was a good read. As a serious Jimmy Page fan, I have read all of these interviews in Guitar World Magazine over the years, but its nice to have them in a collection. Sadly, cant give it 5 stars because its just music interviews. Until Mr Page decides that more than 2500 people need to know his story, we wont get the real truth. Jimmy only has one authorized biography - the 2500 copy variety - but until we get more, this one will do as a wonderful collection of information on his music. Sadly, not much is mentioned of in through the out door era. Highlites include an interview with Paul Rodgers about The Firm, and Jimmy talking extensively about Zeppelins current projects (remasters and DVD)
I've read so many rock music books after a while the formats themselves become stale. Jimmy Page the musician is brought to life here in a very compelling way.
We've all heard the stories of thrashed hotel room and rock excess, and Page and Zeppelin certainly earned their reps as rock n roll " golden gods" who didn't let anyone or anything stand in their way. Zeps ferocious manager Peter Grant kept EVERYONE away so the band could do its thing unimpeded by the constraints of A&R execs, label interference or outside influences.
What struck me as so strong about this book was that Jimmy Page laid down the ground rules that the book had to be focused ONLY on the music- and nothing personal. That's also what makes this volume so satisfying. It stays focused on the music and you actually learn something about musician Page in the process without the hype or white noise. We already know about " hammer of the gods" and the urban legend...what this book...
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