Book Review: Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad  Tolinski

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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.

  • 320 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Crown
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307985717

Book Review Light &  Shade Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad  Tolinski

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Thoughts:
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 pro­fes­sion.  Through hours of inter­views we get a glimpse into Page’s life and aspects of his life which he has had much influ­ence (fash­ion, mag­ick and more).

I’m sure that if I wanted to know more about Led Zep­pelin I could find an almost unlim­ited amount, all writ­ten by other peo­ple and maybe with a coöper­a­tion of the band. Even though the band is leg­endary, the mem­bers of the band rarely let the pub­lic into their pri­vate life which is why I chose to read this book.

In the inter­views which com­pro­mise Light & Shade, Page talks about his early career, becom­ing one of England’s most admired ses­sion gui­tarist, to his work with The Who, Clap­ton, The Kinks, The Yard­birds and of course Led Zep­pelin. The inter­views con­tinue past the Led Zep­pelin era into other projects which Page was involved in. It was sur­pris­ing to learn from the book how pro­fes­sional the mem­bers of Led Zep­pelin were. Page & Bon­ham were at the top of their game before even start­ing the band, they didn't hang out socially (unless on tour) and enjoyed each other's com­pany as pro­fes­sion­als and musi­cians. I also never real­ized that Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clap­ton were long­time friends.

The col­lec­tion of inter­views with Page is com­pre­hen­sive and gives the reader a glimpse into the genius of the fabled rocker. Some of the sub­jects (drugs for exam­ple) are glossed over by Page, but Tolin­ski  turns to other inter­views so the reader can get the com­plete pic­ture and under­stand­ing of the artist. My favorite, as always, are the anec­dotes and insights which make rock his­tory and are the back­bone of such books.

 

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