A new book titled ‘Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page’ compiled by longtime Guitar World editorial director Brad Tolinski, is slated for release on Oct. 23rd by Crown Publishing Group. The book will shed light on everything from Page’s years as a sought-after session musicians, his Zeppelin days, his various musical endeavors following the band’s 1980 breakup and more.
Tolinski used as his source material more than 50 hours worth of interviews he conducted with Page over the last 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.
Guitarist Slash calls Light & Shade “the most comprehensive & compelling collection of interviews, insights & historical anecdotes of one of rock and roll’s premier guitarists, songwriters and producers ever compiled,” with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett adding that the book “illuminates the haunted genius of Jimmy Page in an original and completely satisfying way.” ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons says, “This fine work will rock you!” Pre-order the book here: www.barnesandnoble.com
Robert Plant has released a new live album in record time from the second-ever show from his newest band, Sensational Space Shifters. The 15-track set was recorded on July 12th at the HMV Forum in London. You can order the live download here: www.livedownloads.com
Plant’s most recent group, the Band of Joy just released a new live concert film, so it is surprising and a treat for us to get this new collection from his new band. Sensational Space Shifters features singer/guitarist Patty Griffin (also in the Band of Joy), multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara of Julu, guitarists Justin Adams and Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson, keyboardist John Baggot and bassist Billy Fuller. Adams, Baggot and Tyson were previously with Plant in the Strange Sensation, the group with which Plant recorded 2002’s ‘Dreamland’ and 2005’s ‘Mighty Rearranger.’
The live album is titled ‘7/12/12 HMV Forum, London, GB.’ and includes songs from Plant and Griffin’s solo careers, covers of great blues cuts by Howlin’ Wolf and John Mayall, and some Led Zeppelin classics. The group is scheduled to made their U.S. debut this past weekend on August 11th at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
‘Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters 7/12/12 HMV Forum, London, GB’ Tracklist:
1. Fixin’ to Die
2. Tin Pan Valley
8. No Bad News
10. Black Dog
11. Somebody Knocking
13. Whole Lotta Love/Steal Away/Bury My Body
14. Another Tribe
15. Gallows Pole
There was a rumor out there that Robert Plant and his Band of Joy and now Sensational Space Shifter collaborator Patty Griffin were married. A rep for Plant soon informed The Hollywood Reporter that the rumors were untrue and now, Griffin herself backs that up, telling Rolling Stone: “I can tell you that we didn’t! [Robert is] a great embellisher. But no, we did not get married.”
Plant and Griffin have been sharing a home in Austin, Texas of late. Griffin, a successful singer/songwriter in her own right, is planning to focus on performing solo again in the fall, and has scheduled a series of shows without Plant in October.
As mentioned above, Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters band made their U.S. debut over the weekend at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival’s 25th anniversary in the legendary Delta blues town of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Plant has an obvious affinty for the town , as he has visited there numerous times. You may remember that Plant recorded and album with Jimmy Page titled ‘Walking Into Clarksdale’ back in 1999. The town is also home of the Delta Blues Museum. Clarksdale and Coahoma county where it’s loccated were the homes of early bluesmen W.C. Handy, Son House, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. The surrounding areas are also well known for musical legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ike and Tina Turner and Big Jack Johnson.
Here’s some footage of the band’s performance, although no really good footage is available as of yet: