Today (27 September) sees the release of Jimmy Page’s first book, cunningly titled Jimmy Page. It’s a photo-led autobiography – and here are a few choice shots from it. Starting with this picture from 1962, taken shortly after he’d joined his first band, Red E Lewis & The Redcaps.
As previously reported on NME.COM, Jimmy Page and limited to 2500 copies, and will document the guitarist’s career over 500 pages and 650 images. This shot was taken on December 10, 1968, and captures the guitarist backstage at one of the first live shows billed as Led Zeppelin, at the Marquee Club, London.
Page’s photo-autobiography does not come cheap – it retails for a whopping £445. Here’s another pre-Led Zeppelin shot, taken in 1969, at the head of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun’s house in New York.
Led Zeppelin in March 3, 1969 at The Playhouse Theatre, London, where the band recorded ‘Communication Breakdown’, ‘Dazed And Confused’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ for John Peel’s Top Gear.
April 19, 1969, Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, during the recording sessions for ‘Led Zeppelin II’.
Another shot from the ‘Led Zeppelin II’ studio sessions.
On stage with Led Zeppelin at the Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey on August 16, 1969.
Here’s a shot from later in the band’s career – headlining Madison Square Garden, New York, June 1977.
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, February 4, 1975.
August, 1979 – Page arrives at Knebworth Festival by helicopter. Led Zeppelin’s two shows there proved to be their final UK dates before drummer John Bonham’s death, and the break-up of the band.
August 24, 1994, rehearsing for Page And Plant’s MTV Unplugged show in London.
August 24, 2008. Jimmy Page performs ‘Whole Lotta Love’ with Leona Lewis at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. The performance marked the hand-over of the Olympics to London, the next host city, and was watched by over 250 million people worldwide.
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is available from Genesis Publications. Each copy is signed by Page himself. A limited edition of 2,500 copies worldwide is available from Genesis Publications; Tel. 01483 540970 – or visit www.Genesis-Publications.com; Price £445 www.genesis-publications.com.