By Scott T. Sterling
While the legendary rock icons Led Zeppelin have been the subject of countless tomes (including the infamous 1985 alleged “tell-all,” Hammer of the Gods), the upcoming photo autobiography from guitarist Jimmy Page will be the first book from an actual member of the band.
Simply titled Jimmy Page, the book will combine Page’s own words with 600 handpicked photos to create “the definitive visual and historical record” of the famed guitar player.
“I’ve been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey,” Page said in a press release. “It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times. The tour schedules, passport stamps, working visas and memorabilia really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book.”
Among the book’s many pictures will include shots from famous rock photogs, including Ross Halfin and Neal Preston, who took a portrait of Page that the guitarist liked enough to make it his 1977 passport image.
“I wanted to make it as thorough as possible, so that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well,” Page added about the 512-page book that took more than two years to complete. “There’s a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It’s the most complete document that there’s ever going to be because of the amount of time that I’ve put into every aspect.”
The book is actually a reissue of a limited edition release from 2010 of which only 2500 were printed. It went on to become the fastest-selling book in the 40-year history of Genesis Publications, prompting this “more accessible and affordable” version.
Jimmy Page is scheduled to hit book shelves and retailers in Oct. 14. It can be pre-ordered here.