Article first published as Book Review: Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski on Blogcritics.
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
My rating for Light & Shade — 4
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.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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