I’ve made my love for electric guitar and classic rock quite apparent here on my blog. There is something so pure and enthralling when an electric guitar sings, and my appreciation for the instrument is something I struggle to put into words.
On the topic of electric guitar, who better to discuss than Mr. Jimmy Page, the electric guitar master and founder of the famous rock and roll band, Led Zeppelin. In addition to these brag-worthy accomplishments, Page is also a songwriter and producer who began his musical career in London, England, according to his Wikipedia page. He played with The Yardbirds for two years (1966-1968) and eventually formed Led Zeppelin in ’68.
Page’s guitar-wielding abilities are highly recognized in the music industry. He “is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Rolling Stone magazine has described Page as ‘the pontiff of power riffing’ and ranked him number three in their list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’, behind Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In 2010, he was ranked number two in Gibson’s list of ‘Top 50 Guitarists of All Time’ and, in 2007, number four on Classic Rock‘s ‘100 Wildest Guitar Heroes’. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and once as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995),” his Wikipedia page states.
Following the end of Led Zeppelin in 1980 after the death of John Bonham, the band’s drummer, Page actually “initially refused to touch a guitar, grieving for his friend. For the rest of the 1980s, his work consisted of a series of short-term collaborations in the bands the Firm, the Honeydrippers, reunions and individual work, including film soundtracks. He also became active in philanthropic work,” Wikipedia explains.
Jimmy Page has my utmost respect when it comes to the guitar, among other things. He seems like a pretty interesting dude from what I can tell.