Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page

. October 2012. 320p. 978-0-30798-571-2. 26.
Few guitarists have had the enduring influence of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, and even fewer journalists have had the chance to discuss that legacy in depth with the notoriously reticent rock icon. Tolinski (editor in chief, Guitar World; Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan) combs through Page’s career to offer one of the most complete studies to date, covering topics ranging from Page’s early 1960s session work to his post-Zeppelin projects, including his memorable 2008 performance at the Beijing Olympics closing ceremonies. The author’s extensive background knowledge helps Page to expound with depth and clarity on subjects ranging from his musical technique to studio mixing to the role of the Zeppelin live show in the band’s international success. Contributions from former bandmates and coworkers including Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, and publicist Danny Goldberg provide additional perspective.
VERDICT Fans of all stripes will be delighted by the wealth of new interview material. This book offers genuine insight into the musical and philosophical vision of one of rock’s living legends.  Highly recommended for guitar aficionados and readers who enjoy an intimate look at the creative process.

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