Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man is the first-ever biography of Led Zeppelin‘s legendary guitarist and producer. Never before has the story been told in such sharp detail, leaving no stone unturned, from the heady days of swinging London in the 1960s when Jimmy Page was lighting up the scene as an incendiary session man through the bombast, beauty, and blues that is Led Zeppelin (not to mention the wanton sex and drug orgies that would come to define rock excess). Here is the story of rock’s most enigmatic and influential icon.
About Jimmy Page
Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, by the mid-1960s, had become the most sought-after session guitarist in Britain. He was a member of the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. In late 1968, he founded Led Zeppelin.
Page is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Rolling Stone magazine has described Page as “the pontiff of power riffing” and ranked him number 3 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 2010, he was ranked number two in Gibson’s list of “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time” and, in 2007, number four on Classic Rock’s “100 Wildest Guitar Heroes“. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and once as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995).
As long as there are teenage boys in the world, there will be an audience for Led Zeppelin, the ’70s-era hard rock legend whose “Stairway to Heaven” is still one of the most-ever-played songs in the history of American FM radio. Jimmy Page was the mastermind of the Zeppelin juggernaut, and as one of the three most influential British rock guitarists of the late ’60s, he certainly deserves Case’s detailed and informed look at his past and present work. In this unauthorized biography, freelance writer Case focuses on Page’s music as much as he does on Zeppelin’s lurid touring lifestyle, and he is good at reporting Page’s early work playing on countless recording sessions (ranging from Tom Jones’s “It’s Not Unusual” to the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”), as well as detailing the formation of Zeppelin, where Page combined his blues-based rock with singer Robert Plant’s “soaring tenor moan” to create a radically new sound. While his enthusiasm sometimes overwhelms his writing (“The Teutonic implications of the airship’s family surname invested a gothic sensibility to the ensemble’s work”), Case successfully shows how Page and his Zeppelin’s musical influence became “so broad and so established that even players who had never consciously emulated his techniques had been affected by them.” (May)
Documented in great detail…The author’s knowledge of guitars and amps serves well here.
–Vintage Guitar magazine
Fascinating stuff for serious musicians…A nice education on what went into the group’s music and the influence it had on what came later. –Tom Van Riper, Forbes.com