Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

by Chris Salewicz


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An in-depth biography of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page by the acclaimed biographer of Bob Marley and Joe Strummer, based upon the author's extensive research and interviews

The original enigmatic rock star, Jimmy Page is a mass of contradictions. A towering presence in the guitar world and one of the most revered rock guitarists of all time, in private he is reclusive and mysterious, retiring and given to esoteric interests. Over the decades he has exchanged few words to the press given the level of his fame, and an abiding interest in the demonic and supernatural has only made the myth more potent.

But in the midst of this maelstrom, who was Jimmy Page? Rock journalist Chris Salewicz has conducted numerous interviews with Page over the years and has created the first portrait of the guitarist that can be called definitive, penetrating the shadows that surround him to reveal the fascinating man who dwells within the rock legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306845383
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 50,837
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Chris Salewicz's writing on popular music culture has appeared in publications around the globe. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Bob Marley: The Untold Story and Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1 Spanish Guitar in Surrey 19

2 From Nelson Storm to Session Player 34

3 She Just Satisfies 66

4 Beck's Bolero 79

5 Blow-Ups 98

6 'You're Going to Kill Me for a Thousand Dollars?' 113

7 'Like a Lead Zeppelin' 130

8 American Advances 148

9 'Whole Lotta Love' 167

10 Led Zeppelin II 181

11 'Do What Thou Wilt' 203

12 The Beast 666 217

13 All That Glitters 226

14 The Legend of Zoso 237

15 City of Angels 260

16 The King and Jimmy Page 291

17 Cocaine Nights and Haunted Houses 306

18 An Accident in Exile 324

19 The Kenneth Anger Curse 341

20 Face to Face 354

21 The Rules of Engagement 376

22 Bonzo's Last Stand 398

23 The Hermit 431

24 Middle-Aged Guitar God 442

25 The Sorcerer's Apprentice 464

20 Phoenix Rising 487

Sources 501

Acknowledgements 505

Index 507

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