As long as there are teenage boys in the world, there will be an audience for Led Zeppelin, the '70s-era hard rock legend whose "Stairway to Heaven" is still one of the most-ever-played songs in the history of American FM radio. Jimmy Page was the mastermind of the Zeppelin juggernaut, and as one of the three most influential British rock guitarists of the late '60s, he certainly deserves Case's detailed and informed look at his past and present work. In this unauthorized biography, freelance writer Case focuses on Page's music as much as he does on Zeppelin's lurid touring lifestyle, and he is good at reporting Page's early work playing on countless recording sessions (ranging from Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" to the Kinks' "You Really Got Me"), as well as detailing the formation of Zeppelin, where Page combined his blues-based rock with singer Robert Plant's 'soaring tenor moan' to create a radically new sound. While his enthusiasm sometimes overwhelms his writing ('The Teutonic implications of the airship's family surname invested a gothic sensibility to the ensemble's work'), Case successfully shows how Page and his Zeppelin's musical influence became 'so broad and so established that even players who had never consciously emulated his techniques had been affected by them' - "Publishers Weekly". "Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man" is the first-ever biography of Led Zeppelin's legendary guitarist and producer. Never before has the story been told in such sharp detail, leaving no stone unturned, from the heady days of swinging London in the 1960s - when Page was lighting up the scene as an incendiary session man - through the bombast, beauty, and blues that is Led Zeppelin (not to mention the wanton sex and drug orgies that would come to define rock excess). Here is the story of rock's most enigmatic and influential icon. 'This biog is a cut above' - "MOJO".
Welcome to my Author Page on Amazon.co.uk. I'm a Canadian - colonial? - writer who specializes in popular culture and social history, which can mean anything from the long-term future of the world to Led Zeppelin, or from the Beatles' historic 1964 pot party with Bob Dylan to the ongoing War on Drugs.
In my current and forthcoming books I think you'll find some strong writing by an author who appreciates the prose craftsmanship of George Orwell; fresh insights into familiar subjects by someone who emulates the mature rock biographies of Philip Norman; and original and perhaps even challenging ideas from a sensibility that's absorbed a range of influences: Romantic poets like Wordsworth and Keats, philosopher-critics like Neil Postman and Theodore Roszak, and accessible historians of the modern age like Niall Ferguson and Francis Fukuyama.
Those are big names to drop, I know, but take a flip through one of my books and see for yourself what I'm aiming at and the recurring themes I raise. Whatever else, enjoy some quiet moments engaging your mind with mine. I'll look forward to meeting you on the printed page.