Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page

Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page

by Brad Tolinski, Robert Fass, John Lee
     
 

This "oral autobiography" of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.
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This "oral autobiography" of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.

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"By shining a light on the shadowy Page, Tolinski has created a must-have for any Led Zeppelin fan or guitar player." —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
Over the past decade, the enigmatic Page has been sitting down with Tolinski, the editor-in-chief of Guitar World and author of Classic Hendrix and The Faces: 1969–75, to discuss everything from Page’s early years as a session guitarist and member of the Yardbirds to his heyday with Led Zeppelin and his more recent post-Zep projects and plans. The interviews Page gives to Tolinski are enlightening, and while he doesn’t completely open the vault about Zeppelin’s party lifestyle or his interest in the occult, he does speak freely on guitar technique. Sometimes even more informative than the interviews are the pre-q&a introductions, which set up the topics of discussion and allow Tolinski to demonstrate his encyclopedic knowledge of classic rock and guitar history in his fluid prose. Further expanding the book’s scope are the “Musical Interludes” that follow each chapter and feature entertaining asides like “an inventory” of Page’s guitars; he also conducts interviews with some of Page’s former bandmates like John Paul Jones and Paul Rodgers. By shining a light on the shadowy Page, Tolinski has created a must-have for any Led Zeppelin fan or guitar player. 21 b&w photos. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The wizardly, tight-lipped guitarist-producer-songwriter of Led Zeppelin opens up…a little. Guitar World editor in chief Tolinski notes that Page has long been "the paradigm for rock-star inscrutability," a Sphinx-like figure with little affection for the music press. Thus a collection of extended interviews with Page would appear a vital bibliographic entry. However, this unnecessarily repetitive and idolatrous volume only fitfully sheds light on its subject's craft. After a slavering introduction, the author, plainly dredging material from occasional interviews for his magazine, dutifully runs down Page's prodigious career as a top 1960s studio musician in London and his climb to fame in the Yardbirds. The book hits what passes for its stride with the genesis of Led Zeppelin, whose debut 1969 album Page financed and produced himself. Then Tolinski focuses on the quartet's meteoric climb to the top of the '70s rock heap and its sudden caesura with the alcohol-related death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. In his chats with the author, most of them clearly pegged to latter-day album and DVD releases, Page emerges as a smart, dry and unsurprisingly blunt and arrogant character. The best material here illuminates the innovative studio techniques that animated Zeppelin's metal assaults and folk-inflected sorties; Page is less generous with details about his improvisational approach. The book peters out with details about Page's later, lesser work with the Firm, David Coverdale, Zep vocalist Robert Plant and the reunited Zeppelin itself. Tolinski bulks up the book with mostly superfluous interviews with old mates (guitar peer Jeff Beck), collaborators (Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, the Firm's Paul Rodgers, the Yardbirds' Chris Dreja) and uber-fans (Jack White), and thuds to an end with useless offerings from fashion designer John Varvatos and an astrologer. For die-hard Zep fans and guitar geeks only.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452661001
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
11/26/2012
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.60(d)

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"By shining a light on the shadowy Page, Tolinski has created a must-have for any Led Zeppelin fan or guitar player." —-Publishers Weekly

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