Jimmy Page on his career, Led Zeppelin and how he changed music

Watch this 50-minute interview with Jimmy Page where he goes into his early days, why he founded Led Zeppelin, how he came up with the band’s name and his plans for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary.

“Let’s be perfectly honest about this. When I formed Led Zeppelin, I formed it with the idea and ethos that it was going to change music. That’s what I wanted to do, and it clearly did. It clearly did.”

Jimmy Page is the virtuoso guitarist and founder of Led Zeppelin — the swashbuckling hard rock band that set the standard for the many who have followed. Zeppelin may be the most imitated band in the world, and Jimmy Page has been selected as the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music.

A self-taught prodigy who began performing publicly at 13, by his early 20s he was one of the most sought-after session guitarists in London, recording with nearly every major name in British pop and rock. After a stint touring and recording with blues-rock pioneers The Yardbirds, Page set out to create a new group of his own.

With Led Zeppelin, Page combined electric blues, folk, and rock and roll with his guitar pyrotechnics and innovative recording techniques to create a sound unlike any other. Zeppelin’s incendiary live shows set an unsurpassed standard of musical excitement, and multiple generations of listeners have thrilled to Jimmy Page’s powerful and melodic playing, from pedal-to-the-metal rockers like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Kashmir” to the epic “Stairway to Heaven.”

 

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