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Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man

Jimmy Page: Magus, Magician, Man

Entering the middle years of the 1970s, Jimmy Page had a good case to be leading the world's biggest rock group, in a day when such a title was hotly contested and carried a serious cultural cachet. Without ever becoming a household name or a multimedia fixture, Led Zeppelin was an indisputable success within the music industry and among the teeming youth market.

Author George Case has penned the first biography of Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page. Although unauthorized, Case has included countless intimate stories about Page and the rest of Led Zeppelin, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer/percussionist John Bonham.

Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man is an EXCELLENT book that I am sure is the result on thousands of hours of research and piecing together many articles and interviews.

Starting with Page's birth in January 1944 in Heston, George Case paints a very detailed portrait of every facet of Jimmy Page's life, from his days as a session man to being a Yardbird to the twelve years in Led Zeppelin to being a solo artist up through Page's OBE ceremony.

Along with Mick Bonham's John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin and Chris Welch's Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin, I recommend George Case's Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man as the only autobiography you will need on Jimmy Page. Now, if only Robert Plant and John Paul Jones would follow suit.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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