Light and Shade

Light and Shade

Conversations With Jimmy Page

Book - 2012
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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.

More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band's notorious exploits have been chronicled in bestselling books; yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir nor cooperated to any degree with the press or a biographer. InLight & Shade, Jimmy Page, the band’s most reticent and inscrutable member, opens up to journalist Brad Tolinski, for the first time exploring his remarkable life and musical journey in great depth and intimate detail.

Based on extensive interviews conducted with the guitarist/producer over the past 20 years,Light & Shade encompasses Page’s entire career, beginning with his early years as England’s top session guitarist when he worked with artists ranging from Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Burt Bacharach to the Kinks, The Who, and Eric Clapton. Page speaks frankly about his decadent yet immensely creative years in Led Zeppelin, his synergistic relationships with band members Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, and his notable post-Zeppelin pursuits. While examining every major track recorded by Zeppelin, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Kashmir,” Page reflects on the band’s sensational tours, the filming of the concert movieThe Song Remains the Same, his fascination with the occult, meeting Elvis Presley, and the making of the rock masterpieceLed Zeppelin IV, about which he offers a complete behind-the-scenes account. Additionally, the book is peppered with “sidebar” chapters that include conversations between Page and other guitar greats, including his childhood friend Jeff Beck and hipster icon Jack White.

Through Page’s own words, Light and Shade presents an unprecedented first-person view of one of the most important musicians of our era.

Baker & Taylor
A narrative portrait of the intensely private guitarist behind enduring rock band Led Zeppelin draws on 20 years of personal interviews to cover Page's early work with such artists as Tom Jones and Eric Clapton, the creative years of Led Zeppelin and his post-Zeppelin relationships with such figures as Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. 80,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Draws on twenty years of personal interviews to cover Page's early work with such artists as Tom Jones and Eric Clapton, the creative years of Led Zeppelin, and his post-Zeppelin relationships with Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307985712
Branch Call Number: 781.66 L498Z, T576L
Characteristics: xvi, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Page, Jimmy


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Sep 05, 2014

Amazingly brilliant. Now when I listen to Led Zeppelin I will not only enjoy their music but also appreciate their creative talents. Not to be missed for avid music fans.

Jun 15, 2013

This book is full of data, but if you're seeking insights into Page the human being, forget it. This is not particularly engaging - it isn't well written, and Page's "co-operatrion" is laughable. Page is a secretive, almost pathologically guarded individual. This book is probably fine for musicians who are only interested in technical details, but if you are a fan of biographies, and you are thinking of choosing this one to learn more about the mind behind Led Zeppelin and scores of session recordings - a man with a truly impressive career - you will probably be as disappointed as I was.


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