As long as there are teenage boys in the world, there will be an audience for Led Zeppelin, the ’70s-era hard rock legend whose “Stairway to Heaven” is still one of the most-ever-played songs in the history of American FM radio.
Jimmy Page was the mastermind of the Zeppelin juggernaut, and as one of the three most influential British rock guitarists of the late ’60s, he certainly deserves Case’s detailed and informed look at his past and present work. In this unauthorized biography, freelance writer Case focuses on Page’s music as much as he does on Zeppelin’s lurid touring lifestyle, and he is good at reporting Page’s early work playing on countless recording sessions (ranging from Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” to the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”), as well as detailing the formation of Zeppelin, where Page combined his blues-based rock with singer Robert Plant’s ‘soaring tenor moan’ to create a radically new sound.
“Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man“” is the first-ever biography of Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist and producer. Never before has the story been told in such sharp detail, leaving no stone unturned, from the heady days of swinging London in the 1960s – when Page was lighting up the scene as an incendiary session man – through the bombast, beauty, and blues that is Led Zeppelin (not to mention the wanton sex and drug orgies that would come to define rock excess). Here is the story of rock’s most enigmatic and influential icon.