Jimmy Page was one-fourth of an iconic rock and roll legend. Led Zeppelin is still heavy-rotation fare on Classic Rock radio. The band has not released new material for decades, and only performed together — three out of four of them, anyway — on occasion.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones — the surviving members of Zeppelin — have had their share of recent press. Another band from the era is suing them over their song “Stairway to Heaven,” claiming they stole it. Most people seem to disagree, but a judge in Pennsylvania, of all places, will decide.
Recently rumors shot through social media like wildfire that Sir Richard Branson had offered Led Zeppelin an obscene amount of money to tour again. The story went that Robert Plant tore up his offer at a press conference. It turns out the whole thing was a hoax.
Led Zeppelin had a reputation in their heyday of being a ridiculously wild band, especially drummer John Bonham. Jimmy Page was said to be keenly interested in the occult, with rumors that he idolized Aleister Crowley keeping parents on high alert.
But like the urban legends surrounding Kiss, another classic rock stalwart, those rumors faded with time. Most of them haven’t necessarily been disproven, they just don’t matter all that much in a world where celebs can go to rehab on reality TV.
Books about Led Zeppelin’s crazy days claim they drank like fish, trashed hotel rooms, went through women like mad.
Jimmy Page recently did his own book, this one a picture book called Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page. When the L.A. Times asked him about why he did not do a written memoir, he said, “”f there were autobiographies of my contemporaries, I would always have a look to see what photographs were in there. I’d go straight to the photos. And I think a lot of people are like that.”
But would he ever write a memoir?
“I have been approached to do a written book,” he said, “and I like the idea, but it’s probably something to release posthumously. I want to be able to say everything. Everything.”
That, of course, implies that there is something to be said that he would not want to say while still alive to regret it.