Friday, May 9, 2014

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to re-release autobiography

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will re-release his photographic autobiography, “Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page”, on October 14.

Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.

Page sifted through thousands of prints for the project, arranging the content into its narrative sequence and annotating and reviewing the design to arrive at the finished book.

With incredible attention to detail, the guitarist has chosen photographs representing the most significant moments in his career: from a schoolboy with a rock-a-billy quiff through his extensive work as a session musician; from The Yardbirds through Led Zeppelin, ARMS, The Firm, Outrider, Coverdale & Page and Page & Plant; playing with Roy Harper and The Black Crowes; collaborating with P. Diddy and performing with Leona Lewis at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Page has officially put pen to paper about his career in this expansive edition. His words take the form of extended captions, which describe and document pivotal moments and events. He has also included visas, photos and stamps from his own passports.

"I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin," said Page. "I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey."

"I always like to do something different," he added. "If you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration. That goes for music, as well as anything else — even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well, and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people."

On June 2 (June 3 in North America), Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, each with a companion disc of bonus material

Deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" are the first projects announced as part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band’s studio albums reissued in chronological order, each remastered by Page.

Check out details on the reissues here.

See also:

Robert Plant explains why he passed on Led Zeppelin reunion tour
Jimmy Page discusses Led Zeppelin reissues project
Jimmy Page to deliver commencement speech at Berklee College Of Music
Led Zeppelin: Enter sweepstakes to join Jimmy Page in Paris
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