Jimmy Page Is Somewhat of a Hoarder
Jimmy Page's new book, 'Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page,' chronicles the Led Zeppelin guitarist's life in more than 600 photographs. In a new interview, he says that it was relatively easy to compile, because he didn't throw out or give away anything.
"I was a bit of a visionary, really," he told WNYC's Soundcheck. "I saved things so they didn't appear on eBay later. I fortunately had a small number of photographs from the early stages, the pre-Beatles era, in my own collection."
He noted that those "things" include everything from a photo of a 15-year-old Page in the "one-knee pose" that would later help define the 1977 tour to his vast collection of guitars and equipment. Even though there's not a lot of text, there is a section about technology, such as his using an early version of the fuzz box, which was created for him by Roger Mayer.
"It was really revolutionary at that time," he said. "I worked with [Mayer] from the Admiralty on it, he was in the electronic department. He worked in the area where he was doing top secret stuff. He approached me, and said that this is the only way we can combine electronics with music. So I took him to my house, and I played him some music with overdriven guitar, and he came up with this thing. I obviously got the first one because I was working with him. I was a studio musician. When I took it in there, everybody just freaked. They couldn't believe the sound of it. I made sure Jeff Beck got the second one, and then everybody got them after that. Not just in studios, but outside."
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