A new book about Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is due next month.
"Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page," by Guitar World's Brad Tolinski, will be published October 23.
Over the last twenty years, Brad Tolinski, Editorial Director of Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado magazines, has interviewed Page more than any other journalist in the world and by asking incisive questions, he's been able to gain the trust of the legendary guitarist.
Sifting through over fifty hours of conversations that touch on everything from the 1960s music scene and his early years as England's top session guitarist working with artists like The Who, The Kinks and Eric Clapton, to his wild years in Led Zeppelin, and post-Zep projects, Light & Shade will provide readers with the most complete picture of the media-shy guitarist ever published.
An excerpt from the book has been provided to CBS Local.
In this quote, Page discusses his early vision for the band and his plan to lead Led Zeppelin, to get the band complete creative control and to make sure they wouldn’t be in financial debt to their record label.
“I wanted artistic control in a vice grip, because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the band,” said Page. “In fact, I financed and completely recorded the first album before going to Atlantic. It wasn’t your typical story where you get an advance to make an album—we arrived at Atlantic with tapes in hand. The other advantage to having such a clear vision of what I wanted the band to be was that it kept recording costs to a minimum. We recorded the whole first album in a matter of 30 hours. That’s the truth. I know, because I paid the bill. [laughs].”
Read more about the book here.
Last week, Led Zeppelin announced the upcoming release of their 2007 reunion concert, which featured founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, at London’s 02 Arena.
The film of “Celebration Day” will see a worldwide theatrical release on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities.
“Celebration Day” will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19; specific product details will be announced soon.
Read more about the project here.
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