From legendary guitars to rare photographs, correspondence to costumes
This anthology has it all
Captured with love and described with meticulous detail.
It might just be the most extensive rock anthology ever encountered.
Now, there’s a lady who believes all that glitters is gold. Who knows, she might be onto something. It makes me wonder what she’d think of this magnificent book I’m holding. Weighing in at a robust 2.66kg (yes, I actually weighed it), this tome is no lightweight. The advantage? In these dreary lockdown days when gyms are closed, it’s not just a book; it’s your upper arm toner when you’re not lost in its pages.
But let’s get serious for a moment.
“Jimmy Page: The Anthology” isn’t just any coffee table book; it’s the ultimate one. You can’t resist picking it up and randomly diving in. However, beware – casual browsing is impossible. A spare couple of minutes while waiting for your partner turns into a half-hour journey through rock history.
Led Zeppelin, the nonpareil of monolithic rock gods, led by the unparalleled Jimmy Page, graces these pages. The anthology spans six decades, covering Page’s entire career. Sure, the Zeppelin years get their due, but there’s much more to keep you entertained. Curiosities take the spotlight, not just the tunes.
As a memorabilia geek, this book satisfies in spades. The guitar-related material alone is worth a book. Instruments are showcased through stunning photos, accompanied by comprehensive backstories from Page. His vision for each song, tied to the choice of instrument, is fascinating.
The star performers are all here, from the iconic sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Number One’ to the indispensable Gibson double neck for “Stairway To Heaven.” Yet, it’s the less obvious axes that steal the show – the £35 Danelectro, the Vox Phantom from Yardbirds days, the Gretsch White Falcon, and the downright ugly Jerry Jones long horn double neck.
Whole Lotta Love – Raw & Uncut!
But it’s not just about guitars.
Amps, cabs, pedals, dulcimers, drums, synthesisers – the anthology dives into the world of Page’s sound. Then come the rarities: hand-drawn fliers, bootleg records, ticket stubs, recording notes, and photos. People come for the guitars but stay for the tchotchke – it’s the seemingly trivial ephemera that makes “The Anthology” absorbing.
And yes, clothing takes center stage – clothing Page wore in the ’60s and ’70s. Accompanying each photo of the garment today is a nostalgic shot of Page rocking it back in the day. It’s utterly fascinating.
Reflecting on this book, two things stand out. Page’s incredible power of recall – every artifact has a story, and his memory is as remarkable as his guitar playing. And who knew Page was such an arch hoarder? Letters from 1958? Perhaps, always a visionary, he had this anthology in mind.
Picture this grand exhibition of rock and roll history, a collection of wonderful objet d’art. The big and the small, the expensive and the seemingly throwaway – all on display. A pilgrimage for music lovers, a testament to Page’s significant contribution to popular culture and fashion. Make it happen, Mr. Page.
A shoutout to the publisher, Genesis. They’ve created a beautiful collector’s item – perfect paper, cover material, binding. Their attention to detail does justice to the content, making this anthology worth every penny.