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Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page

Light and Shade Conversations with Jimmy Page 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

  • Title: Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page
  • Author: Brad Tolinski
  • ISBN: 9780307985712
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, andThis 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 In Light 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 movie The Song Remains the Same, his fascination with the occult, meeting Elvis Presley, and the making of the rock masterpiece Led 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.

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    1. Bill on said:

      When I bought KISS's Alive! album I knew I wanted to play guitar. I was an ardent member of the KISS Army, and they were my first concert in 1977. I wanted to be Ace Frehley with that magnificent Les Paul slung low.My obsession lasted a while, but then I discovered Led Zeppelin. Man, you wanted to talk about obsession? Zeppelin took me through all the Good Times, Bad Times of high school and beyond. I was just about torn to pieces when I heard on the radio that the Montreal concert that would ki [...]

    2. Tamahome on said:

      See, I can finish books. I liked the interview parts. No so much the filler chapters. There's one all about his astrological sign, and one about his clothes. *sigh*My favorite Jimmy Page performance, Dazed and Confused live. Especially when he goes crazy on the guitar after 4 minutes: youtube/watch?v=ZQgYn2Led Zeppelin is now on Spotify by the way, so you can play their stuff for free. I like 'Tea For One'. Don't be faked out by the intro. The 2nd live Dazed and Confused on the BBC Sessions is g [...]

    3. Stephen Tow on said:

      I admit it. Jimmy Page is an idol of mine. I saw him play live once 1995 or 1996, along with Robert Plant on the Page/Plant Unledded tour. I bought scalp tickets minutes before the event, obtaining seats on the side of the stage with nothing between us and the band. Only about 20 feet of air separated me from the guitar player.At some point during the show, Jimmy and I had a moment. Our eyes locked in a "we get it" instant. It was, shall we say, pretty transcendent.So now that I have established [...]

    4. Jason Fischer on said:

      While fans of Led Zeppelin will get a lot out of this book, this series of interviews are a joy to read for anyone. Brad Tolinski is the editor of Guitar World, and he has brought to this book a technical sensibility missing in most other Zeppelin texts. Readers looking for scandalous rock exploits and tour horror-stories are advised to look elsewhere; Light and Shade is a book focussing first and foremost on Jimmy Page's craft and career.Music buffs are bound to get a lot of enjoyment from Toli [...]

    5. Shaun Ryan on said:

      Not your typical rock star biography. This is all about the music, how it evolved, his early days touring the hard way, as a studio set man, with the Yardbirds, the forming of Zeppelin, how Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones meshed and became, as Page puts it, "Four elements that made up a fifth," and his philosophy and goals post Zeppelin. Good stuff.

    6. Angela Adam on said:

      Can't put this book down, if you love Led Zeppelin, you,ll love this book.

    7. M.L. Rio on said:

      This is an incredibly refreshing take on the whole genre of the music biography. Led Zeppelin and its extant members have always had strained relationships with the press, and it's not hard to see why: nobody really wants to talk about the music. All they want to do is rehash the Shark Incident and speculate about who was snorting what and banging whom. Frankly I couldn't care less about all that, so hats off to (Brad) Tolinski for making a break with that lurid tradition and sitting down to tal [...]

    8. Pawel Szupryczynski on said:

      Good stuff for Led Zeppelin's fansI love Led Zeppelin, so the review is biased as hell :) Book gathers various interviews of the author with Jimmy Page over the years and chronicles his life. What I like about it, is how much it is focused on the music itself. It allows to understand story and evolution of Led Zeppelin's music over the years (and Jimmy himself), backstories of the albums and songs. The author goes sometimes very deep into technical analysis, to the level comprehensible only by m [...]

    9. Pete daPixie on said:

      Not far off four stars. 'Light & Shade' really does feel like a cozy fireside chat with Jimmy Page. Brad Tolinski's 'conversations' with the Led Zep span his musical career from 1958 all the way to the publication year of 2012. As Tolinski is Editorial Director of 'Guitar World' mag, and has interviewed our axe hero many times over the previous twenty years, this is a very informative book, that makes a refreshing change from the usual format of rock biography.Young Jimmy's discovery of a di [...]

    10. Jarrett on said:

      I absolutely loved this book! Even though I have been playing guitar or many years and was a fair-weather Led Zeppelin fan, I picked up this book after being just amazed from watching the "Celebration Day" DVD. After reading this book, I can say that I have new found respect for the man as a musician, businessman, and especially a producer. This book tells a great story of how hard work, determination, creating a brand, and building the proper team can create an extremely successful venture. I h [...]

    11. Diana on said:

      Brad Tolinski's focus was on Jimmy's musical influences, the stories behind the albums and songs, and the guitars, wah wah pedals, and amplifiers used to make some of the greatest music ever. There are chapters from Paul Rodgers and others that Jimmy Page has worked with. Great insights into the man behind Led Zeppelin.

    12. Eric Mangol on said:

      A very entertaining book. I always knew that Page formed Led Zeppelin, but I had no idea how involved he was in the band's production, musical direction and even their look. The interviews with Page provide tremendous insight into a very private musical genius.

    13. Cindy J. on said:

      Gave a lot of insight to the musicians that influenced Jimmy Page as well as what motivated him. However, I found it rather sterile, most guardedly written. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, but got the feeling he didn't want anything personal revealed about himself, all business writing. One thing that bothered me was when he commented that he priced his photographic biography of his musical career Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page so high as to insure that only true, dedicated Led Zeppelin fans w [...]

    14. Cindy Nix on said:

      Gave a lot of insight to the musicians that influenced Jimmy Page as well as what motivated him. However, I found it rather sterile, most guardedly written. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, but got the feeling he didn't want anything personal revealed about himself, all business. One thing that bothered me was when he commented that he priced his photographic biography of his musical career Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page so high as to insure that only true, dedicated Led Zeppelin fans would buy [...]

    15. Serenity on said:

      Brad Tolinski is a huge Jimmy fan and this is a respectful well researched and presented book on Jimmy. I've been a Zep fan for 27 years now, so not much I didn't know but I enjoyed reading it very much. Jimmy says when he dies his biography will come out and the truth will be revealed. Maybe Jimmy has written his own?

    16. Dachokie on said:

      Itch-scratcher for Fervent Zep FansLaughably maligned by critics for most of its active career, a revision of Greek mythology may now include a 13th slot for the band on Mount Olympus as they are arguably the Zeus of rock and roll music (sorry Elvis, you had the mojo and the hip-swing, but didn’t bring the lightning and thunder). While Zeppelin’s career may have been relatively short-lived, it still managed to burn an indelible, mysterious mark in modern music history that is largely kept al [...]

    17. Mark on said:

      Probably the best book I read about a musician. The author interviewed Page on his entire life and career. As the author is Editor in Chief of Guitar World, the focus here is really on Page's music (and away from the more standard focus on Zeppelin's infamous rock n roll lifestyle in other books). This musical gravitas probably gave the author the unprecedented access to interview Page for must have been long sit downs. The book is then structured as direct interviews, each focusing on a particu [...]

    18. Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com on said:

      Light & Shade: Con­ver­sa­tions with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolin­ski is a non-fiction book which is a com­pi­la­tion of inter­views the author did with the famed and pri­vate gui­tarist. Mr. Tolin­ski is the edi­to­r­ial direc­tor of Gui­tar World, Revolver and Gui­tar Afi­cionado magazines.Light & Shade: Con­ver­sa­tions with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolin­ski shades some light (pun intended) on Jimmy Page, mostly known as Led Zeppelin’s gui­tarist, his career, life and [...]

    19. Ted Hunt on said:

      Jimmy Page was apparently always reluctant to speak with journalists, so it is not surprising that when he agreed to do a series of interviews that would result in a book about him, it would be with a writer who worships the ground that Page walks on. However, worshipping the subject of a biography does not usually make for good writing, and this book is no exception. The beginning of the book is the best part. The writer presents Page's early life: his boyhood friendships with Eric Clapton and [...]

    20. Joe on said:

      So many missing jigsaw pieces reveal themselves is this book. The author is the editor of Guitar Player Magazine and this book is based on 20 years of interviews between the two. There are some side-trips as Brad Tolinski checks in with Page's contemporaries. By the age of 20 Page had several production credits of Top 40 songs with Burt Bacharach, The Turtles, The Who and The Kinks. That means that by the age of 17 major labels were entrusting their future to Page's imagination and choices. Toda [...]

    21. Austin on said:

      I love Jimmy Page. His influence in rock and roll is simply staggering, and aside from a bit of drug abuse and a silly curiosity about the occult (ahem, probably not uncorrelated to the drugs), he's managed to conduct himself with a surprising amount of grace. I am just a huge, huge fan, and so was really looking forward to this book.The good: in these interviews, he is clearly both aware of and proud of his achievements, but he is incredibly generous with his praise of others. He comes across a [...]

    22. Jim on said:

      Having been a big fan of Page for a long, long time, I enjoyed this a lot. Hearing Page talk about his body of work is refreshing after having heard so many others praise and/or disparage it. Page is a craftsman with his music, and he goes on at length about his work in the studio concerning mic placement, his gear, and what he sees as his greatest contributions to the art of recording music.Having said that, the book is far from dry. Page talks about his history from his first guitar, his time [...]

    23. Trader (RedHotBlueReads) on said:

      I have mixed emotions about this book. The author’s hero-worship, fanboy leading questions turned me off in most places, it was more technical than I expected, but yet I think I came away with a greater appreciation of Led Zeppelin’s music, and for Jimmy Page’s prowess as a musician artist and producer.For me, the highlights were the direct quotes and interviews, particularly during the interviews from the earliest days and the post-Zeppelin days. There wasn’t really anything new in this [...]

    24. Randall Wallace on said:

      answers the most important question to me? if you have been jimmy page yourself musically, what would that entail in terms of time, effort - what would you need to know, want to know? what would you learn and how would you learn it? what you do that made you go in a different direction from beck, clapton, hendrix, peter green, etc? what made a style?celtic & moroccan influence meets hard driving blues?when in doubt write hypnotic riffs?this book is great on guitar info. i thought page used a [...]

    25. Otto on said:

      Brad Tolinski’s Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page Is the most comprehensive book to date with the works of the mastermind behind the 70’s band Led Zeppelin. In this short but intriguing book Tolinski accounts his discussions with Jimmy Page that occurred over a span of a decade and a half. Other books that claim to “expose all the secrets” of the man Jimmy Page himself more so spend time arguing that his success had to do with his interest in the occult and deals with the de [...]

    26. Bill Mackela on said:

      This book is a joy to read for anyone that enjoys rock guitar whether as a player or a listener. A must read! This book goes way beyond anything that has been written about the reclusive Jimmy Page.Brad Tolinski was able to get close to Jimmy Page and got him to talk about his music. This book has all the details that any musician or music lover could wish for. Page talks to Tolinski about guitars, tunings, chords, and amps. They talk about how Page was able to get a specific sound on an individ [...]

    27. Tony Nielsen on said:

      I really enjoyed this small tome on Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Brad Tolinski has created a sympathetic but not overly sentimental picture of Page. While he is obviously a big fan it was always going to be a challenge to coax the very reticent Jimmy Page into opening up. In his depth of knowledge about Page the musician and his body of work, he found the key to that. The journey from session musician, to the Yardbirds, to Led Zeppelin and beyond is simply fascinating. We get an in depth look at P [...]

    28. East Bay J on said:

      Light And Shade, Brad Tolinski's collection of conversations with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, is a good addition to the miles and piles of biographical ephemera related to the legendary band. Lots of insight into Page's processes and procedures, lots of pictures, lots of Page. The topics range from The Yardbirds to recording techniques to musical equipment to philosophy. John Paul Jones, Jack White, even fashion designer John Varvatos pipe in with observations and opinions about Page. I don't kno [...]

    29. Susan on said:

      As a life-long Jimmy Page fan, I immediately grabbed this book when I saw it at the library. Audio book, to be specificwhich, in this case may have enhanced my experience, as the book revolves around interviews the author conducted with Page and many others involved in the music industry.I learned so much about who Page is as an artist, and his philosophies about composing, being a band member, arrangement of music, recording of music, etc.This book is not a personal biography, or a "tell-all." [...]

    30. Robin on said:

      You know, this is a good book for some people. I just don't think I'm one of them. My interest in Jimmy Page is casual. This book is not for the person with a casual interest. The history and detail is amazing, if you're interested in that level of insider baseball. If you're not, like me, you might find yourself skimming paragraphs and skipping pages. Not because you're not interested, but because the level of knowledge you have to bring to this book to understand the conversation can be daunti [...]

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