One of the bet­ter bi­ogra­phies

The Northern Advocate - - 48 Hours/books - Tony Nielsen

Jimmy Page — the De­fin­i­tive Bi­og­ra­phy By Chris Salewicz, Harper Collins, $36.99

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The con­stant “will they, won’t they” ques­tion that hangs in the air when­ever the sub­ject of Led Zep­pelin is raised, is, for me, ir­rel­e­vant. My view is that we should fo­cus on what we have and what we have had from this phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful rock band. Led Zep­pelin set the bar from what fol­lowed, and Jimmy Page was at the fore­front of their suc­cess, in his role as pro­ducer and as gui­tarist.

2018 marks the 50th an­niver­sary of Led Zep­pelin’s for­ma­tion in which they mor­phed from the name the New Yard­birds which toured Scan­di­navia, re­turn­ing to cre­at­ing their de­but al­bum, and the rest as they say, is his­tory. In the years since they have now sold over 300 mil­lion records, lost a found­ing mem­ber in John Bon­ham in 1980, and have fleet­ingly per­formed live over the years, usu­ally with Bon­ham’s son Ja­son on drums.

There have been countless books pub­lished about Led Zep­pelin and in par­tic­u­lar Jimmy Page. Chris Salewicz has nailed one of the bet­ter ones in Jim­myPage,

al­though, like his fel­low writ­ers no one has ever been able to cre­ate a Led Zep book with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the three re­main­ing band mem­bers. That looks like chang­ing later in 2018 when Led Zep­pelin them­selves launch a 50th an­niver­sary pub­li­ca­tion. Mean­time, you will have to make do with this very well re­searched and in­tel­li­gently writ­ten Jimmy Page bi­og­ra­phy. —

Jimmy Page.

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