Thursday, January 03, 2013

Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski

If you are a fan of Led Zeppelin, particularly of Jimmy Page, then you will definitely want to read this latest work which explores the career of one of Rock’s most influential and talented musicians. This is not your typical memoir that exposes the decadent life-style excesses of a rock star. It is highly unlikely that we will ever see such a book from the very private and enigmatic guitar genius. Just as well, because Light & Shade is so much more musically satisfying.

Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World Magazine, effectively uses his vast knowledge of all things Zeppelin to conduct a series of interviews that encourages Page to open up, sharing and revealing new detailed insights and observations that are sure to excite Zep fans. We are treated to dynamic conversations where Page discusses everything from his early days as a session guitarist and member of the Yardbirds to the innovative guitar techniques he crafted while composing and producing the prolific music of Led Zeppelin and, of course, those famously spectacular concert performances.

Although the band broke up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, Page’s thoughtful reflections take us on a Rock ‘n Roll journey that confirms why Led Zeppelin remains such a legendary and successful rock group to this day. Tolinski adds to the book’s overall appeal and entertainment by including comments and viewpoints from Page’s former co-workers and band members including guitarist Jeff Beck and Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

Look for Light & Shade on the VBPL catalog. Can’t get enough? Then check out Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns.

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