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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307985712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307985712
  • ASIN: 0307985717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An effective, comprehensive account in the guitarist’s own words of his life and music….Keep a copy near the records – and your guitar.” – Rolling Stone

“Brad Tolinski’s Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page sheds serious light on this poorly understood, enigmatic musical genius.” – Boston Globe

“A highly engrossing story.  Light and Shade is simply an excellent rock ’n’ roll read.” – New York Journal of Books

“An incredible account of one of rock music's most interesting careers, and a detailed look into the works of Jimmy Page. Tolinski demonstrates a special ability to elicit insightful, in-depth responses to his musical inquires and the result is far more revealing than average question and answer interview sessions. This may be the most probing and enjoyable explication of Page's career ever written….A vivid, immensely interesting and enlightening yet candid history of a genius and a giant. Light and Shade is by far one of the best books on the subject related to Led Zeppelin and a portrait of a figure of immeasurable musical and cultural importance.” – AllAboutJazz.com

“A compelling oral biography… The level of personal trust and the generous access that Page afforded Tolinski is evident throughout the book’s content and in its tone. It’s page after page of Page—a classy, thoughtful gift for rock fans.”
- SMOKE Magazine

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

“This book shows the serious artistic side of Jimmy Page.  A must-have item for rock music collections.” – Booklist  

“This is the most comprehensive & compelling collection of interviews, insights & historical anecdotes of one of Rock and Roll's premier guitarists, songwriters and producers ever compiled.  A fascinating must-have for Jimmy Page fans like myself.” – Slash

Light & Shade illuminates the haunted genius of Jimmy Page in an original and completely satisfying way.  The conversational dynamic between the author and the subject reveals a wealth of info about the man, the music, and the magick.”
Kirk Hammett, Metallica
 
“Jimmy Page…the one and only!  From mild to wild, Jimmy sez it all.  This fine work will rock you!” – Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top

About the Author

Brad Tolinski has been the editor-in-chief of Guitar World, the world’s best-selling magazine for musicians, for more than two decades. He has interviewed and profiled most of popular music’s greatest guitarists, including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen, Jack White and Jeff Beck. He is also the author of the deluxe-edition illustrated books Classic Hendrix: The Ultimate Hendrix Experience and The Faces: 1969–75.

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Very interesting look into his private life as well.
Ruth Ann Patrick
Brad Tolinski should be highly commended for this outstanding look at the career of one of the true geniuses of the music world.
Jim
I liked that this book approached Jimmy Page from a different perspective.
Risty

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Enjoying the Ride on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By aaron grogan on November 1, 2012
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DACHokie VINE VOICE on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on November 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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