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Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page [Kindle Edition]

Brad Tolinski
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Book Description

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, 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. 

Editorial Reviews


""By shining a light on the shadowy Page, Tolinski has created a must-have for any Led Zeppelin fan or guitar player."" ---Publishers Weekly

About the Author

The editor-in-chief of Guitar World, Brad Tolinski is the author of Guitar World Presents Van Halen and Guitar World Presents Metallica.

Winner of the prestigious Audie Award for his recording of Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic by Gordon S. Wood, veteran actor Robert Fass is a four-time Audie Award nominee with over sixty audiobooks to his credit. He has also earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.

British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7125 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish more music bios were like this October 28, 2012
I picked this book up the first day it was on sale, based on some reviews in Guitar Aficionado. I'm about half way through and am not disappointed at all.
Instead of a typical rock musician bio that details tours (throwing TV's out the hotel window, nailing groupies, etc) and provides little more than paraphrased reviews of earlier songs, this is a book that would appeal to the guitarist and/or true fan of Page. I loved the duo interviews with Page and Beck or Page and Jack White; Page's words on which guitar/effect he used for which song or album; or his interest in the occult, production methods, and musical influences.
It would be nice if all music bios were like this (I'm thinking of Keith's autobiography from several years ago which, while fun to read, was very little on the stuff that would be of interest to the guitar/musician fan).
So have fun with this book. Keep it on your music bookshelf.
And if you don't have a 58/59 Les Paul yet (or even a dragon-styled telecaster) after reading this book you just might!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of interviews November 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a good read. As a serious Jimmy Page fan, I have read all of these interviews in Guitar World Magazine over the years, but its nice to have them in a collection. Sadly, cant give it 5 stars because its just music interviews. Until Mr Page decides that more than 2500 people need to know his story, we wont get the real truth. Jimmy only has one authorized biography - the 2500 copy variety - but until we get more, this one will do as a wonderful collection of information on his music. Sadly, not much is mentioned of in through the out door era. Highlites include an interview with Paul Rodgers about The Firm, and Jimmy talking extensively about Zeppelins current projects (remasters and DVD)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the genius of the fabled rocker November 2, 2012
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 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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Itch-scratcher for Fervent Zep Fans ... October 23, 2013
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Laughably 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 alive by its introverted, immensely talented and equally mysterious mastermind, Jimmy Page. Tabloid-like tell-alls aside, LIGHT AND SHADE gives Page a platform to speak somewhat openly about his musical life before, during and after Zeppelin ... a satisfyingly light meal for fans, but few others.

Guitar World magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Brad Tolinski, provides a book's worth of material that mainly includes transcriptions of his interviews with Page over the years. Straight-forward and somewhat narrow in scope, Page doesn't reveal too much more that is already known or widely speculated. LIGHT AND SHADE is organized in chronological chapters that chart significant periods in the musician's life. The chapters open with the author's summary of the period being discussed and are supported with Q and A transcriptions that allow Page to elaborate. The interviews are fairly safe and it appears clear that Tolinski took great care in avoiding issues that may have irritated Page or made him defensive. LIGHT AND SHADE is obviously a book written by a fan, for fans. But, considering Jimmy Page's reclusive/guarded nature, I can't fault Tolinski as he got the man to speak rather openly about his musical career (not to mention Tolinski surely wants to ensure future Page interviews).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight to Jimmy Page
For true Jimmy Page and Zepp fans, this is a great book to finally hear in his own words about his career and life. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ruth Ann Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Why would anybody want 15 minute songs?
This is a book that unless youve never read a thing about led zepplin or jimmy page? Really offers very little. Its as if page offered his version of events. Read more
Published 8 days ago by ben alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars More light than shade!
Excellent book! Page is not the debauched junkie of urban legend, but an intelligent and articulate artist of the highest order. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mark Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars This is about music and musicianship.
While Hammer of the Gods presents one side of the Led Zeppelin story, Light & Shade presents a very different one. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Freddy P
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
As a guitar player that was never a big Zeppelin fan I found that this book gave a good insight into one of the premeir guitar players of an era. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tothemax
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book needs a innovative format
With a book like this - covering the life of a music legend - we need a playlist of all the songs that are mentioned, links to all the video clips, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Great indepth read about jimmy page start to finish.chapters followed his career in detail from his early days up to an after the o2 concert.
Published 1 month ago by sam goocher
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers enough new ground to be worth it for any Page/Zeppelin fan
As this book reprints Tolinksi's interviews with Page, and since I've been a massive Page and Led Zeppelin fan for about 25 years now, this book started a bit slow for me,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Probably the best book I read about a musician. The author interviewed Page on his entire life and career. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MGN
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and shade
Fun read . The studio recordings were interesting . Thing is I don't feel I know him any better than I already did.
Published 1 month ago by NWD
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