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Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Very, very highly recommended

This book separates itself from the pack of Led Zeppelin books, in that it revolves around conversations directly with Mr. Page, as opposed to statements and conjectures about him. A very intelligent, insightful, and sensitive gentle artist is revealed in this book. I...
This book separates itself from the pack of Led Zeppelin books, in that it revolves around conversations directly with Mr. Page, as opposed to statements and conjectures about him. A very intelligent, insightful, and sensitive gentle artist is revealed in this book. I have re-read this book it is that good!!!!
Less emphasis on gossip and more emphasis on the craft and skill of being a guitarist. It probably offers the truest window into a very complex personality.

posted by Croatanator on May 24, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pretty good

I was expecting Page to reveal himself more than what the tale told in this read. He still keeps his cards close to him. Most of this book is written from interviews from others perspectives and in the end all is very redundant. Never the less I still enjoyed it very mu...
I was expecting Page to reveal himself more than what the tale told in this read. He still keeps his cards close to him. Most of this book is written from interviews from others perspectives and in the end all is very redundant. Never the less I still enjoyed it very much. Jimmy Page is a true Genius of our time.

posted by 2298853 on November 27, 2012

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    There is a large amount of info that has never been covered in t

    There is a large amount of info that has never been covered in this book. Jimmy is a very talented artist. I highly recommend this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

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    A glimpse into the genius of the fabled rocker

    Light & Shade: Con­ver­sa­tions with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolin­ski is a non-fiction book which is a com­pi­la­tion of inter­views the author did with the famed and pri­vate gui­tarist. Mr. Tolin­ski is the edi­to­r­ial direc­tor of Gui­tar World, Revolver and Gui­tar Afi­cionado magazines.

    Light & Shade: Con­ver­sa­tions with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolin­ski shades some light (pun intended) on Jimmy Page, mostly known as Led Zeppelin’s gui­tarist, his career, life and pro­fes­sion. Through hours of inter­views we get a glimpse into Page’s life and aspects of his life which he has had much influ­ence (fash­ion, mag­ick and more).

    I’m sure that if I wanted to know more about Led Zep­pelin I could find an almost unlim­ited amount, all writ­ten by other peo­ple and maybe with a coöper­a­tion of the band. Even though the band is leg­endary, the mem­bers of the band rarely let the pub­lic into their pri­vate life which is why I chose to read this book.

    In the inter­views which com­pro­mise Light & Shade, Page talks about his early career, becom­ing one of England’s most admired ses­sion gui­tarist, to his work with The Who, Clap­ton, The Kinks, The Yard­birds and of course Led Zep­pelin. The inter­views con­tinue past the Led Zep­pelin era into other projects which Page was involved in. It was sur­pris­ing to learn from the book how pro­fes­sional the mem­bers of Led Zep­pelin were. Page & Bon­ham were at the top of their game before even start­ing the band, they didn't hang out socially (unless on tour) and enjoyed each other's com­pany as pro­fes­sion­als and musi­cians. I also never real­ized that Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clap­ton were long­time friends.

    The col­lec­tion of inter­views with Page is com­pre­hen­sive and gives the reader a glimpse into the genius of the fabled rocker. Some of the sub­jects (drugs for exam­ple) are glossed over by Page, but Tolin­ski turns to other inter­views so the reader can get the com­plete pic­ture and under­stand­ing of the artist. My favorite, as always, are the anec­dotes and insights which make rock his­tory and are the back­bone of such books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    I have a better appreciation of Jimmy Page now.

    Not the usual rock and roll biography. Instead focuses mainly on Page's guitar playing and how he developed as a musician and how each Zeppelin album evolved. Lots of interesting tidbits from Page's career. For instance, I learned Page was the session guitarist on Tom Jones' big hit "It's not unusual". Overall a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 24, 2013

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