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Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the ’70s and has been loved by the legions ever since. From his own conversations with Jimmy, the rest of Led Zeppelin, old girlfriends, tour managers and session musicians to name but a few, Salewicz reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy from the Surrey suburbs into one of rock’s most enigmatic frontmen. Detailed, thrilling and expertly researched, Salewicz discovers a man who was prepared to die for his art; who justified heroin use so he could harness its narcotic focus whilst making albums, and who overcame numerous death threats during this time. A warrior magician, Salewicz delves into the many skeletons and eccentricities in Page’s closet, contextualising him against a background of London gangsters, deaths, and power struggles which Page has continued to rail against to this day, even within his own band. As entertaining as it is insightful, and from a writer who experienced first-hand the Led Zeppelin furore, this promises to be as close to a Jimmy Page autobiography as fans can get.


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Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the ’70s and has been loved by the legions ever since. From his own conversations with Jimmy, the rest of Led Zeppelin, old girlfriends, tour managers and session musicians to name but a few, Salewicz reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy from the Surrey suburbs into one of rock’s most enigmatic frontmen. Detailed, thrilling and expertly researched, Salewicz discovers a man who was prepared to die for his art; who justified heroin use so he could harness its narcotic focus whilst making albums, and who overcame numerous death threats during this time. A warrior magician, Salewicz delves into the many skeletons and eccentricities in Page’s closet, contextualising him against a background of London gangsters, deaths, and power struggles which Page has continued to rail against to this day, even within his own band. As entertaining as it is insightful, and from a writer who experienced first-hand the Led Zeppelin furore, this promises to be as close to a Jimmy Page autobiography as fans can get.

30 review for Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    "Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography" is a massive book, detailed, researched, and thorough, focusing primarily on Page's musical career both as a session musician and as the founder of the mega-group, Led Zeppelin. It's focus is on the things most fans are most interested - the Zeppelin years. As such, it details the quick rise of Page to guitar god status and his - and the band's - downfall in arrogance, in drug addiction, and eventually, with the death of Bonzo (John Bonham, the drummer) cho "Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography" is a massive book, detailed, researched, and thorough, focusing primarily on Page's musical career both as a session musician and as the founder of the mega-group, Led Zeppelin. It's focus is on the things most fans are most interested - the Zeppelin years. As such, it details the quick rise of Page to guitar god status and his - and the band's - downfall in arrogance, in drug addiction, and eventually, with the death of Bonzo (John Bonham, the drummer) choking to death on an alcohol binge, the end of the biggest Tyrannosaurus rex of rock bands, and Page's withdrawal and hermitlike years following the dissolution of the surviving three-quarters of the band. As such, what you are reading feels like a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy. From the introduction, the author and is determined to present Page and the band in an honest light, warts and all. With an arrogance and a swagger that came from early success, there was violence around the band, groupies, including underage girls, were ever-present, as were what would become mountains of coke and heroin and booze. In the later years, the tours were marred by riots in the streets and by musicians who were so doped up, they could barely complete a set. And, whole chapters are given to Page's fascination with Alistair Crowley and his twisted world of black magic. The tours are each discussed, particularly the success of the American tours, as well as the production of each album, the pressures of putting out each album, and the sales success of each. It is a testament to how awesomely talented Page is that his music has remained so popular for so long and that each and every note of many of the songs are instantly recognizable. For me, I would have liked to hear more about the composition of the songs, but that's probably a different book. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    POW!

    I've read plenty of books on Page and I have to say that, as stated in the title, this is the definitive biography. Very well-written and meticulously researched, featuring source material from lengthy interviews by the author as well as those he worked with. It's a comprehensive look at the Zep guitarist's life, from his birth to session musician to present. It is also very balanced, it's certainly not a total Jimmy love-in, but Salewicz provides a highly detailed examination of one of the great I've read plenty of books on Page and I have to say that, as stated in the title, this is the definitive biography. Very well-written and meticulously researched, featuring source material from lengthy interviews by the author as well as those he worked with. It's a comprehensive look at the Zep guitarist's life, from his birth to session musician to present. It is also very balanced, it's certainly not a total Jimmy love-in, but Salewicz provides a highly detailed examination of one of the greatest living guitar heroes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry Hammond

    From his days as a prodigy, being on television with a Skiffle band when he was just 13, to being a professional studio musician while he was still in art school, to riding the crest of the rock and roll dream in the 1970's as lead guitar in Led Zeppelin , Jimmy Page led a charmed life. It was also a life with a darker side, which included alcohol, cocaine and heroin, the arrogance and violence of their gangster-affiliated management, a consistent interest in underage or a least much younger wom From his days as a prodigy, being on television with a Skiffle band when he was just 13, to being a professional studio musician while he was still in art school, to riding the crest of the rock and roll dream in the 1970's as lead guitar in Led Zeppelin , Jimmy Page led a charmed life. It was also a life with a darker side, which included alcohol, cocaine and heroin, the arrogance and violence of their gangster-affiliated management, a consistent interest in underage or a least much younger women and a fascination with the occult. Journalist Chris Salewicz covers it all in detail depicting a man who though at the center of the spotlight was always essentially a loner and collector, even an academic, rather than a social creature. Page's is a difficult life to get to the bottom of but Salewicz manages to cover all its contradictions and complexities. - BH.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    JIMMY PAGE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Chris Salewicz is an excellent and exhaustive written account of the life and times of Jimmy Page; one of the most important and influential guitarists in the history of rock music. Author Salewicz covers every aspect of the musician’s life from childhood up to the release of the book, and the in-depth research of Page as both musician and individual are very well done; especially considering it’s subject is someone so shrouded in mystery (often created and JIMMY PAGE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Chris Salewicz is an excellent and exhaustive written account of the life and times of Jimmy Page; one of the most important and influential guitarists in the history of rock music. Author Salewicz covers every aspect of the musician’s life from childhood up to the release of the book, and the in-depth research of Page as both musician and individual are very well done; especially considering it’s subject is someone so shrouded in mystery (often created and used to effect by Page himself), and never resorting to sensationalism or glamour, but is written in what would seem to be as honest and accurate an accounting as the author assemble with the information he gained through an incredible amount of research, also containing interviews with many figures of Page’s life at different stages of his career and personal life. Musicians and others with interest in Page (and Led Zeppelin) should read this biography as it is a wealth of information about both his personal life and his career. 5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Edmonds cerullo

    Chris Salewicz's biography of Jimmy Page is a comprehensive account of the life of the man considered by many to be the world's greatest guitarist. Regrettably, Page is also a most reclusive character. Therefore, any biography of him has to be from a distance or taken from the interviews he did (mostly in the 1970s) or from the opinions of those who have worked with him. So it is with this book. Most of the stories recounted here are only too well-known by those of us who were fans in the 1970s Chris Salewicz's biography of Jimmy Page is a comprehensive account of the life of the man considered by many to be the world's greatest guitarist. Regrettably, Page is also a most reclusive character. Therefore, any biography of him has to be from a distance or taken from the interviews he did (mostly in the 1970s) or from the opinions of those who have worked with him. So it is with this book. Most of the stories recounted here are only too well-known by those of us who were fans in the 1970s and literally clung to any and every interview or photo of the band as they were rare. Neither a hit piece nor a fawning study of Page, this is a fair account of a mercurial figure. When the band was good, they were very good; but when they were bad, they were horrid. Not news to followers. I actually remembered some of the interviews recorded in this biography from having read them when they were published. While Jimmy remains perhaps one of the strangest and most secretive musicians of all time, he is still enigmatic enough to arouse interest. I imagine it will ever be so. Without direct help from Page, this biography about covers it all -- positive and negative.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Quinn

    A great read on a living musical icon I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and was always intrigued by Jimmy Page.. it’s not the best book I have ever read but it’s a great and easy book to read given the reader an inside to a living musical icon and one of musics biggest rock groups

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Robinson

    Incredibly well researched and referenced biography of (undisputably) the greatest rock and roll guitarist their is. Not just for fans of Led Zeppelin, it also reveals deep and dark insights into the music machine, the excesses available to musicians, and of their succeptibility to changing fashions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise Rago

    Hard to put down even knowing how it all turns out. Led Zeppelin is my all time favorite band, coming of age in their hay day. Jimmy Page is the master.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna McCaul Thibodeau

    Another book that went into great technical details but left me feeling like I still didn't know the real Jimmy Page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JW

    Definitive in some ways, but the post-Zeppelin years are largely glossed over. Sadly, the truly "definitive" biography will only come with Page's involvement and after his death, but this'll do. For now.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early April. This biography is rather a lot like the tone of an extended Rolling Stone article; the kind that names names, like you just had to be there. Page experiences an advent as a roving, romantic, philosophic guitarist very early on, meeting and learning from other future famous musicians. Salewicz, on the other hand, talks in depth about gigs, sessions, and tours, less about Page's personal lif Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early April. This biography is rather a lot like the tone of an extended Rolling Stone article; the kind that names names, like you just had to be there. Page experiences an advent as a roving, romantic, philosophic guitarist very early on, meeting and learning from other future famous musicians. Salewicz, on the other hand, talks in depth about gigs, sessions, and tours, less about Page's personal life with groupies, particularly Pamela Miller-Des Barres, Lori Mattix, and Bebe Buell; a keen interest in Aleister Crowley; reliance of cocaine and heroin; and release of solo albums, soundtracks, and playing as a guest guitarist for other bands after Led Zeppelin split up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevan Dale

    Not a compelling biography. Heavy on chronology, light on insight. Even though I’ve read nothing about Page or Led Zeppelin in thirty years, I seemed to know pretty much everything in the book.  The music of Page gets much less focus than I’d hoped; not the author’s failing, I suppose, but I’d have enjoyed more exploration of the how and why of Page’s artistry. Tenuous threads of astrology and the repeated refrains of could-it-be-occult-Aleister-Crowley-dabbling-at-fault insinuations added little Not a compelling biography. Heavy on chronology, light on insight. Even though I’ve read nothing about Page or Led Zeppelin in thirty years, I seemed to know pretty much everything in the book.  The music of Page gets much less focus than I’d hoped; not the author’s failing, I suppose, but I’d have enjoyed more exploration of the how and why of Page’s artistry. Tenuous threads of astrology and the repeated refrains of could-it-be-occult-Aleister-Crowley-dabbling-at-fault insinuations added little to the read for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike Bell

    Interesting person. Fascinating story. Author's style and opinions were too blatant at times, including sections where the author seemed more interested in his own story than Page's. I learned a lot about the people behind the music.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simon Zohhadi

    A fine biography of the king of the riffs - Jimmy Page. Entertaining all the way through. Jimmy Page has lived the archetypal rock star life - music, women, drugs, alcohol and scandal. Full coverage is given to his guitar playing starting as a young teenager playing skiffle; becoming the best session guitarist in the business and then onto the Yardbirds and of course, one, if not the greatest rock and Heavy Metal band - Led Zeppelin. Page was famous for combining the blues with innovative riffs A fine biography of the king of the riffs - Jimmy Page. Entertaining all the way through. Jimmy Page has lived the archetypal rock star life - music, women, drugs, alcohol and scandal. Full coverage is given to his guitar playing starting as a young teenager playing skiffle; becoming the best session guitarist in the business and then onto the Yardbirds and of course, one, if not the greatest rock and Heavy Metal band - Led Zeppelin. Page was famous for combining the blues with innovative riffs (especially on Physical Graffiti) and also playing folk songs on the acoustic guitar, notably on Led Zeppelin 3 and No Quarter. Without doubt, the legendary guitarist is a strong contender for the No 1 spot - only Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton can make a similar claim. It is clear that Jimmy Page is proud of his Led Zeppelin legacy and so he should be but perhaps he has spent too much time on that golden period, sacrificing time that could have been used coming up with something fresh that could have competed with the standards he set with Led Zeppelin. It is clear how important Robert Plant has been to him and not being able to find a suitable replacement has been the biggest problem he has faced post-Led Zeppelin days. Out of respect for the great man, I will skate over the scandalous and dark side of his character, which is explored in the book. Whatever his demons, it appears that Jimmy Page has come out through the other end and is one of rock’s great survivors - which is great for his fans. I had the pleasure of seeing Page & Plant at Glastonbury in 1995 - a brilliant performance. I still believe he has more to give and a solo tour would be welcome. I for one will be there subject to ticket availability. This biography is recommended. Nevertheless, an autobiography from Jimmy Page himself would also be appreciated.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Noelle Sojka-Howell

    I started this audio book back in March right as the pandemic hit the states. I got about halfway through before stoping, which resulted in the end to audio books for a while. On a recent road trip I picked this back up right at the time when Led Zepplin was hitting it big in the 70s. I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the beginning. I do have to say the introduction caught my interest. The story about a David Bowie, Jimmy Page and the red bottle of wine was pretty interesting. I started this audio book back in March right as the pandemic hit the states. I got about halfway through before stoping, which resulted in the end to audio books for a while. On a recent road trip I picked this back up right at the time when Led Zepplin was hitting it big in the 70s. I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the beginning. I do have to say the introduction caught my interest. The story about a David Bowie, Jimmy Page and the red bottle of wine was pretty interesting. I also learned a lot about about Jimmy’s early career as a session player as well as his time with the Yardbirds. The middle on is what I wanted to read. It was interesting to read the stories - many of which were the basis for the movie Almost Famous. Stories filled with the debauchery that Zepplin and many of the mega rock bands in the 70s bands were famous for. The power shifts between Page and Plant over the years, which resulted in Plant reigning over the group in the end is the stuff rock history is made of. Drug and alcohol abuse, marriages, affairs and unfortunately deaths of band members and even band members’ children. There is a strange evils mystique to Jimmy Page that makes him intriguing. Is Jimmy really into Allister Crowley? Is he really into the Occult? If so, what was the influence on the band. The details within the stories laid out in this book make this both a must read for any Zepplin fan and a reference book for any rock history buff like myself. I gave it four stars because the beginning dragged a little bit for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve Tripp

    Overall, this is a good, well researched and fair biography ... it doesn't pull any punches either ... for its rich "rock" music history, it is worth reading .. but man, oh, man it's tough to believe that any of these guys (Page included) survived the lifestyle of this music era (and, lets not forget, some didn't). To be clear, I'm not the biggest Zeppelin fan; I appreciate what they delivered to the music history cataloger and I think they deserve to be recognized as a hall of fame band. To me, Overall, this is a good, well researched and fair biography ... it doesn't pull any punches either ... for its rich "rock" music history, it is worth reading .. but man, oh, man it's tough to believe that any of these guys (Page included) survived the lifestyle of this music era (and, lets not forget, some didn't). To be clear, I'm not the biggest Zeppelin fan; I appreciate what they delivered to the music history cataloger and I think they deserve to be recognized as a hall of fame band. To me, they symbolize the excesses of the early 70's rock generation; sex, drugs and rock and roll (and lots of all of them). This book doesn't make me more of a fan; it just reinforces what the band symbolizes; a group of talented musicians (most notably Page) who climbed to the top of the music world and yet nearly "consumed themselves" (credit to the author for that term). I'm also not left with a high level of respect for Jimmy Page as a person (except for his recent charity work that is largely unrepresented here) but I think I do understand what made him tick. The fact is that without his SERIOUS addiction to drugs (and sex) he would not have churned out the historic music that he did and he would not be an iconic rock legend. Personally I think he ultimately paid quite a price for that "greatness".

  17. 5 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    This is a well written and thoroughly researched. From his childhood through the last lawsuit they have been dealing with if you have been following the outcome will be at the end. I actually liked this book very much and you get a total look at the man the person, the group and a look into what I think was at least the main reason why they broke up. Seeing how they all came together and how the critics didn’t want anything to do with them when their first album came out. Everything changed when This is a well written and thoroughly researched. From his childhood through the last lawsuit they have been dealing with if you have been following the outcome will be at the end. I actually liked this book very much and you get a total look at the man the person, the group and a look into what I think was at least the main reason why they broke up. Seeing how they all came together and how the critics didn’t want anything to do with them when their first album came out. Everything changed when they began selling records and stadiums. I have to admit I was one of those kids living in a small desert town when hearing the music I bought the album with some money I had and I was hooked. I did not buy the rolling stone because as a kid there were other magazines to buy that were more important, plus baseball cards. Their music was what made everything and then went into the seventies. Reading these pages took me back into time and I was able to see what their lives were like the good and the not so good and the pressure of making the next album better than the last. Even the one people don’t like critics I still think is some of their best work. A fantastic book about true rock and roll. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  18. 5 out of 5

    William Dury

    Fascinating character Mr. Page. Wildly gifted musician who, as a studio hand riding the 1960s rock pop wave London branch, made himself a millionaire by the time he started Led Zeppelin. (Watch “The Wrecking Crew” on Netflix. It will give you a general idea of how much money was being made by musicians doing studio work in that era). Zep was supposed to be “The New Yardbirds” but decided, eh, screw it, and became, well, Led Zeppelin. Yes, amazingly, unlimited supplies of money, drugs and women to Fascinating character Mr. Page. Wildly gifted musician who, as a studio hand riding the 1960s rock pop wave London branch, made himself a millionaire by the time he started Led Zeppelin. (Watch “The Wrecking Crew” on Netflix. It will give you a general idea of how much money was being made by musicians doing studio work in that era). Zep was supposed to be “The New Yardbirds” but decided, eh, screw it, and became, well, Led Zeppelin. Yes, amazingly, unlimited supplies of money, drugs and women to young men can lead to episodes of regrettable behavior. Who knew? The most regrettable action on Mr. Page’s part would be his hard to understand skipping of the funeral of Robert Plant’s five year old son. When soon thereafter John Bonham died (only Zep member that could be bothered to show) Plant pulled the plug on the band. He went his own way for the most part and has had a very successful solo career. “Raising Sand,” with Allison Krause is an absolute gem. Page himself, having nothing left to prove, has become the curator of Led Zeppelin’s memory. Page was and is an astonishing musical talent, and this is a really fine biography if you’re interested in Mozart with a Strat, many drugs, much money and an annoying interest in the occult.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tom Gase

    One of the best music biographies I ever read, and author Chris Salewicz has done a few very good ones on Joe Strummer and Bob Marley. This one is probably his best though. You learn a lot about the guitar player for Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds. A lot of the early book is on his days as a session guitarist and playing for the Yardbirds, but about a fifth of the way the author goes into his Led Zeppelin days and doesn't stop until about 60 pages to go, in which the author focuses on his solo c One of the best music biographies I ever read, and author Chris Salewicz has done a few very good ones on Joe Strummer and Bob Marley. This one is probably his best though. You learn a lot about the guitar player for Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds. A lot of the early book is on his days as a session guitarist and playing for the Yardbirds, but about a fifth of the way the author goes into his Led Zeppelin days and doesn't stop until about 60 pages to go, in which the author focuses on his solo career. All of the great Led Zeppelin stories are here, but the book continues to focus on the view from Jimmy Page's point of view, while also including Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. There is a lot of good stuff on how songs were created and their meaning, as well as how album covers were created and their meaning. And oh yes, there is the few chapters on Page's love for Crowley and what that meant concerning him and the rest of the band. Good stuff, have some Led Zeppelin music ready nearby.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    Page has always been one of those artists who keeps much of his life close to the vest. So, it's gotta be a bitch for anyone to try and write a comprehensive biography for him. This book does a great job at trying to lift the edges and push open the doors a bit to shed some light on some of those mysteriously dark areas of Page. Salewicz does a great job of detailing the music of Page, and his musical career prior to, during, and after Zeppelin. He also goes quite in depth with John Paul Jones, J Page has always been one of those artists who keeps much of his life close to the vest. So, it's gotta be a bitch for anyone to try and write a comprehensive biography for him. This book does a great job at trying to lift the edges and push open the doors a bit to shed some light on some of those mysteriously dark areas of Page. Salewicz does a great job of detailing the music of Page, and his musical career prior to, during, and after Zeppelin. He also goes quite in depth with John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and Robert Plant as well, as he needs to to detail the full Led Zep experience. But he also digs into Page's predilection for shockingly young girls (he manages, barely, to escape a pedophile tag, but only barely). We get a fairly detailed look at his other obsession—Aleister Crowley, and all things dark and brooding. Overall, probably the best look into the enigma that was the engine of Led Zeppelin.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darryl Walker

    The title announces the definitive biography of Jimmy Page, so the trouble with this book starts on the cover before readers even open it. In 1979 'author' Chris Salewicz published a negative, anti-Zeppelin article in a magazine I won't identify; safe to say its editors disliked Page's band more than the writer himself. I recall this minutiae because my hobby is collecting Led Zep memorabilia. I have a ridiculous familiarity with the band, so much so I can pinpoint every magazine article and boo The title announces the definitive biography of Jimmy Page, so the trouble with this book starts on the cover before readers even open it. In 1979 'author' Chris Salewicz published a negative, anti-Zeppelin article in a magazine I won't identify; safe to say its editors disliked Page's band more than the writer himself. I recall this minutiae because my hobby is collecting Led Zep memorabilia. I have a ridiculous familiarity with the band, so much so I can pinpoint every magazine article and book Salewicz took his verbiage from; he even quotes YouTube comments verbatim. I was dumbfounded to read some of my own research appear word-for-word on page 218. Avoid this slipshod halfhearted non-journalism at all costs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Surprisingly boring. I never felt like I really learned anything about Jimmy Page as a person. The black magic mythology was only speculated on by the author, in what seemed to be a weak attempt at creating some allure to keep the reader's interest, but all it did was make me roll my eyes. In the end, Page comes off as a pretty unlikeable guy. I will try to find a better bio of him. If you like biographies that read as a factual timeline, go for it-- this is chock full of "they recorded this alb Surprisingly boring. I never felt like I really learned anything about Jimmy Page as a person. The black magic mythology was only speculated on by the author, in what seemed to be a weak attempt at creating some allure to keep the reader's interest, but all it did was make me roll my eyes. In the end, Page comes off as a pretty unlikeable guy. I will try to find a better bio of him. If you like biographies that read as a factual timeline, go for it-- this is chock full of "they recorded this album then," and "they toured in this city then" -- but I prefer to learn about the humanity of someone, and this one missed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brett buckner

    A very serviceable biography of a rather mysterious classic rock icon. While not exactly revelatory, it will make those, yours included, who thought they never needed to hear a Zeppelin song again, to reconsider some of the band's, especially Page's performances, on lesser appreciated songs like Tea for One with fresh ears.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    Whether or not it's actually "definitive," the book is readable and informative...and, appropriately, heavy. I reviewed Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography for The Current. Whether or not it's actually "definitive," the book is readable and informative...and, appropriately, heavy. I reviewed Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography for The Current.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simon Pert

    What a brilliant book to read, to gain insight into a life of a guitar legend. I love learning about the process of creating the songs and albums and of how such a major band existed. A must read and not just for fans of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Swift

    At best a breezy telling of what's a spam dunk interesting story. Negatives - replacing any meaningful analysis with "well, bad shit happened because Scorpio was rising" and thinking it is okay to just plop down unedited versions of your 40 year old magazine articles in full.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebekkila

    When I would think about Led Zeppelin I thought of Robert Plant. It is clear from this book that this was Jimmy Page's baby. I learned a lot of new things about this band that I have always liked. My favorite thing, oddly enough, is that Jimmy Page is so cheap that his nickname is Lead Wallet.

  28. 5 out of 5

    E G

    Detailed, almost to the point of too long. I still liked it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Del Sullivan

    Very informative. Got a little slow in the middle but finished well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lawson

    Took me a while to read. Interesting and I learned alot but I got lost in the details sometimes. I think that is because I was not a big fan going in.

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