‘How far did we go? As far as our imaginations would carry us, really. Those were the days of pure hedonism. LA in particular was like Sodom and Gomorrah ... It was my life – that fusion of magic and music.’
Jimmy Page was the leader, mastermind, guitarist and producer of Led Zeppelin, described by Rolling Stone magazine as 'the biggest band of the seventies' and 'unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history.' While there is no shortage of written material out there on Led Zeppelin's legacy, none of the band members have ever written a tell-all book or co-operated with the press or a biographer. For the most part, their exploits are merely the stuff of legend. On the rare occasions that Page has opened his doors to journalists, he has done so with caution.
Over the last twenty years, Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine, has interviewed Page more than any other journalist in the world and by asking incisive questions, he's been able to gain the trust of this greatly misunderstood artist. Sifting through over fifty hours of conversations that touch on everything from the 1960s music scene and his early years as England's top session guitarist working with artists like The Who, The Kinks, and Eric Clapton, to his wild years in Led Zeppelin, and post-Zep projects, Light & Shade will provide readers with the most complete picture of the media-shy guitarist ever published.
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This is the most comprehensive and compelling collection of interviews, insights and historical anecdotes of one of Rock & Roll's premier guitarists / songwriters ever compiled. A fascinating must-have for Jimmy Page fans like myself - Slash
Jimmy Page … the one and only … ! And it's with no surprise that Jimmy's name and image ignites the excitement of all things ‘guitar’. From mild to wild, Jimmy sez it all. And millions of fans and followers wanting more is all here on and in between the pages of this fascinating insight into the man who strums the six-string … Jimmy Page.This fine work will rock you …! - Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top
By shining a light on the shadowy Page, Tolinski has created a must-have for any Led Zeppelin fan or guitar player - Publisher’s Weekly
Light and 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
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Brad Tolinski is Editorial Director of Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado. Over the past two decades, he has interviewed Jimmy Page more than any other writer. His previous publications include Guitars that Shook the World: A Star Studded Collection of the World’s Most Famous Guitars and Classic Hendrix: The Ultimate Hendrix Experience.