Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page comes up with a whole lotta book

Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:40am EDT
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By Jeremy Gaunt

LONDON (Reuters) - Truth be told, it will take a pretty strong fan of Jimmy Page and his erstwhile band Led Zeppelin to buy the celebrated rock guitarist's new book.

Weighing in at just shy of 3 kg (more than six and a half pounds) and containing some 650 photographs, "Jimmy Page" is appropriately heavy for the man who popularized the hard-rock guitar riff.

It is also quite costly at a recommended 40 pounds in Britain and $60 in the United States.

But fans are fans and when a far-pricier limited-edition was published a few years ago, it sold out quickly.

It is clear, in an interview with Reuters, that Page is proud of the new, updated book, which begins with a picture of him singing sweetly as a choirboy and ends with him greyed and beaming, clutching his favorite guitar.

"It's an awful term, but it's a journey," said Page, now 70. "You see the changes in fashion, you see the changes in guitars, you see the changes in attitude. You see this man growing and gaining years as he goes on this journey."

The book is far from a typical autobiography.

There are few words and those that are there are used primarily to link hundreds of pictures tracing Page's life from skiffle-playing youngster through The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin to his solo career, the performance on a London bus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and his 2012 Kennedy Center culture award.   Continued...

Guitarist Jimmy Page of the band Led Zeppelin is introduced during the Berklee College of Music Commencement Concert in Boston, Massachusetts May 9, 2014. .   REUTERS/Brian Snyder