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.
The book sheds 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 in 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 cooperation 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 comprising Light & Shade, Page talks about his early career, becoming one of England’s most admired session guitarist, to his work with The Who, Eric Clapton, The Kings, The Yardbirds, and of course Led Zeppelin. The interviews continue past the Led Zeppelin era into other projects Page was involved in. It was surprising to learn from the book how professional the members of Led Zeppelin were. Page and John 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 understand the artist. My favorite, as always, are the anecdotes and insights which make rock history and that are the backbone of such books.
- 320 pages
- Publisher: Crown
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307985717