Conversations With Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page regularly tops guitar player polls in magazines, websites and TV countdowns, and most music fans would say deservedly so. But in the book Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, he says that his biggest contribution isn’t necessarily the instrument that his name has become synonymous with.
Decades after they called it quits, Led Zeppelin remain one of the most popular and enduring rock and roll bands of all time. Their biggest song, arguably, is “Stairway To Heaven,” from their 1971 untitled album.
Page used the bow on a few Yardbirds songs: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” and “Glimpses” from their 1967 album, “Little Games,” and then on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut (“Dazed And Confused” and “How Many More Times”). But he wasn’t the first British rock guitarist to take the bow to his axe.
“I went to see the Yardbirds play at this really stuffy student black-tie event at Cambridge University. The singer, Keith Relf, got quite inebriated and was being really punky. He was really staring down the establishment and put on a magnificent rock and roll performance. He was knocking things over and shouting obscenities at the audience. I really enjoyed myself.” — Jimmy Page
Brad Tolinski, the Editorial Director of Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado and Revolver has interviewed the press-shy Jimmy Page more than any other journalist. And now, he’s preparing to release a collection of those interviews in one volume, Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page. Here’s the first in a series of excerpts of the book given exclusively to CBS Local.