Jul 19 2011

Jimmy Page Official Website Launches

On July 14th, 2001, Jimmy Page launched his brand new website to the world at www.jimmypage.com. I had been waiting for this moment for a long while, being the Led Zeppelin fan that I am. Although sparse, it does not disappoint. I especially like the daily changing of the homepage and it’s correspondence to what happened in Jimmy’s career on this date…. it adds allure to the site and certainly will keep people like myself coming back daily to see what’s new.

Jimmy-page-guide

The Website comes complete with a guide, pictured above. Within this guide, a map is lain out out on how to navigate the site:

The site is broken down into 5 distinct sections, ‘On This Day‘, ‘News‘, ‘Live‘, ‘Photos‘, and ‘Discography‘. The ‘Live‘ section allows one to click a button to tell everyone visiting this section whether they were there at the concert. It’s a great run-down of Jimmy’s extensive career and illustrates how much he’s performed live over the years. In the ‘Discography‘ section, all of Jimmy’s recordings are listed and you can favorite them. Here’s how my account looks now:

Account

Notice the live dates I’ve attended over the years and some of my favorite albums! :)

Here are a few collaborations Jimmy has done with Roy Harper (Roy Harper Official website), one of my favorite singer / songwriters / guitarists:

I believe they actually had some earlier material they did together, but it’s not listed here as of yet. My favorite is ‘Jugula‘ from the mid 1980s, just before Jimmy joined The Firm with Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free fame). In fact, Roy’s bass player, Tony Franklin went on to become the Firm’s bass player!

I really enjoyed the ‘Photos’ section, as I am a photography enthusiast. Here are some images shared within this section… some from The Firm, some from the Welsh cottage of Bron-Yr-Aur, some of Jimmy’s guitar collection, some of Jimmy in the studio, and some from a 1975 Madison Square Garden concert:

Jimmy is even on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Jimmy Page on Twitter or give a like to Jimmy on Facebook.

There are even credits given out on the site and some notable mentioned include the great rock and roll photographer, Ross Halfin and Jimmy’s own daughter, Scarlet Page on some of the photo credits. Jimmy is listed as the executive producer:

Credits

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Nov 19 2010

On this day 20 years ago… Manchester, England… Free Trade Hall… Roy Harper…

It was cold November day in Manchester, England. The year was 1990, I was attending college at Colorado State University and we were on Thanksgiving holiday break. So no better time to pick up and leave town and head over to England, right? Well, I would have to admit, some people may have found me a little cooky for doing so, but I had set in my mind to make this trip! Why, you may ask? Well, that’s a story in itself and let me begin the story…

I had recently discovered a fanzine for one of my guitar / musical / poetical heroes and had written a letter to England requesting a subscription to the quarterly fanzine put together by Darren Crisp and Dave (?), sorry forget Dave’s last name, but it doesn’t matter anyhow. What did matter, was that Darren was surprised to get a request from ‘across the pond’ for his fanzine of one, Mr. Roy Harper. I was very enthusiastic to have found a resource to read and know more about this fascinating figure in the english music scene who had recorded, played and was friends with some of my other musical heroes. To even know that there were other people interested in him, as trying to convince friends here in America that they should listen to Roy’s music wasn’t getting me anywhere, was so exciting to discover! People who also shared a fondness for his music and lyrics, point of view, etc. was so enthralling! Now keep in mind, this was in a time before the internet made everything accessible to everyone at any time, so it was a big deal for me to have made this discovery and share my experiences with other like-minded people. All via a printed fanzine arriving in my letter box, not ‘inbox’ mind you. Or a letter arriving from England from Darren keeping me up-to-date on Roy’s tours, recordings, etc was very exciting at the time and I’m saddened that many younger people will never experience this as the days of ‘snail mail’ are gone for the most part.

So where was I? Oh yeah, getting back to the reason why I was making this trip all the way from Ft. Collins, Colorado to Manchester, England, right… So Darren and I had been exchanging letters and he was informing me of an upcoming tour Roy would be making across England. So, like the crazy fan I was at the time, I decided to make the voyage over just to see Roy in his setting, that being in England, with his audience and fans. I knew from reading the fanzine that he rarely made tours across America, so my chances of catching a gig here were slim to none. I also found out that Roy was from Manchester, so no better place to see and experience his music live than in Manchester! The timing was right, as it fell on my Thanksgiving break, as mentioned, and it also allowed me to photograph over there ‘across the pond’ for my current Photography class I was taking. Still have some of those images… I should scan them and load them sometime… anyhow…

Upon arriving into London, I made the train ride up to Manchester and checked into a cheap hotel in the city. I was jet-lagged and tired, but so excited that on my 22nd Birthday, I would be witnessing somebody I had looked up to for a long time. I used to walk to walk into record stores and go straight to the ‘H’ for Harper section to look for new treasures waiting to be collected by myself. And as I sat there in the Manchester hotel, I remember drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea and thinking how different it tasted, how different the smells and sounds were outside when I walked out the door, how so differently the people spoke english, experiencing so many new things. Although I had travelled to Europe and England before, this time was different, my senses were alive and waiting for what they were about to experience here on this trip. In anticipation for that night’s concert, I walked around the city taking photographs… just trying to calm my nerves.

In the afternoon that day, I went back to the hotel and took a brief nap, but could hardly sleep. When it was time to head over to the Free Trade Hall and meet Darren in the foyer, I nervously made my way. It was about a 20-minute walk from the hotel and I had scouted it out earlier that day so as not to be lost when trying to find it. It was a brick building with what seemed like, many windows on the front doors. When I arrived, my heart was racing… I saw one of the doors was halfway open and there were lights on inside. It was a colder, grey day, so the lights inside were inviting. I saw an older gentleman who was a security guard of some sort and I approached him and told him that I was here to meet with Darren Crisp. He replied with, “Darren? Darren who?”. “Darren with Roy Harper.” I replied. “Oh right, Roy Harper. Come in.” He led me into a long foyer where I saw two people setting up merchandise for the show that night. Having never met Darren, I didn’t know who to look for, but I just went over and asked him if he indeed was Darren Crisp, Roy’s manager. He was and we shook hands and made introductions. He was with his girlfriend, Erica, who later became his wife and mother of two lovely daughters, but that’s another story altogether. ;-)

I knew Darren & Erica were busy, so I just hung out and watched them setup t-shirts and other merchandise when suddenly I heard the strumming of a guitar beyond the closed doors in the concert hall. Wow, my ears had just heard Roy playing his guitar for the first time in person! I listened intently, not trying to draw any attention to myself to the others. When I heard the opening chords to ‘Short and Sweet’, a song which Roy had co-written with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, I was in awe. I think Darren saw my excitement and suggested I step into the Hall to see the soundcheck. I was hesitant to do so, but I drug my feet and slowly opened the door and quickly made my way to a seat in the middle of the Hall, not far from the sound mixing table, of which I saw Jacqui, Roy’s wife at the time, behind the controls.

I sat there, the only one in the Hall along with a few others witnessing Roy soundcheck. At that time, his album ‘Once’ had been released, so I got to hear some of those songs being run through by Roy on stage. A long way from home, sitting there in the audience, listening to Roy for the first time ever live… a memory I’ll never ever forget. As he finished, he stepped down and walked up the middle of the Hall, almost exactly towards where I was sitting. I waved hello and Roy waved and sat down in a seat in my aisle, but just a few seats over, in front of the mixing desk. I was trying to respect Roy and not approach him, but I had brought a photograph with me that was inspired by his music that I wanted to give to him (This later was used on early versions of Roy’s web site). And I had also brought along one of my favorite album covers, ‘Bullinamingvase’ for him to sign. Slowly, I made my way over to him… slightly trembling and short of breathe from being so nervous… and said hello and sat down next to him. Jacqui quickly came over to mention that Roy wouldn’t be talking much as he was saving his voice for the show tonight. I confirmed that I wouldn’t make Roy talk much and suggested that I do most of the talking. I presented my photograph to him and explained how it was inspired by his music. He wanted to know, asking in a whisper, where I was from as he probably noticed my american accent and I told him. I also asked if he wouldn’t mind signing my album cover. He whispered a yes to signing it and I pulled it out. As he was signing, I noticed his white scarf around his neck and had remembered seeing a similar one on another one of my guitar heroes, one Mr. Jimmy Page. Well, Roy was sort of shocked and asked me why I had asked him that. I told him that Jimmy has a similar one and he confirmed that it was, in fact, given to him by Jimmy. I felt awkward having asked that and just quickly informed him of my plans for the week, which included seeing him in London and Milton Keynes (Where Roy dedicated ’12 Hours of Sunset’ to myself… another special moment for me) later in the week. We shook hands and I exited the Hall and re-approached Darren & Erica who were almost through with setting up the merchandise stand.

I still had a few hours before the show would start and told everybody I’d be back later after getting a bite to eat. I returned later with my ticket for the show given to me by Darren earlier and took my seat. As the lights dimmed and the intro to the song ‘Once’ Queued up and was running, I realized I was witnessing my first of a long series of concerts given by Roy Harper. A very special night for sure and I can’t thank Darren, Erica, Jacqui, Tony, Nick and Tracy enough for having invited me in to witness and ‘spoke the wheel’ for me writing songs of my own and just showing me a glimpse into the life of a very special creative talent. Thanks so much to all of you!

It’s twenty years passed, but I still remember that cold November night as if were yesterday…

An image of Roy from the show that night. November 19, 1990 in Manchester, England.

Roy Harper - Free Trade Hall - Manchester, England

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Jul 2 2010

Jeff Beck Talks About Jimmy Page & Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds

Jeff Beck recently chatted with Guitar Center about the Yardbirds and knowing Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Check it out!

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Jan 9 2010

A Small Birthday Tribute to Jimmy Page

For those of you who know me, this post won’t come as much a surprise, but for those of you who don’t, well… let’s just say I have a mild fondness for the electric guitar and one of my all-time favorite guitar heroes would have to be Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

So on this January 9th, 2010, I would like to wish Jimmy a very happy and special 66th birthday celebration. Having recently appeared in the film, ‘It Might Get Loud‘ (which I blogged about earlier, just click the link to the left) it has rekindled the interest and desire to have a tour which includes Jimmy. It doesn’t matter which form or shape it takes. It could be with or without Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, but at least some live music from Jimmy to satisfy the fans, including myself.

Of course, I could think of no better way to celebrate, than by posting some of the magnificient photographs of Ross Halfin. Without further adieux, here are some of my favorite images Ross has taken.

Enjoy!

Jimmy Page in Oakland, 1977

Jimmy Page in Oakland, 1977

Jimmy Page from the early 1980s with telecaster guitar

Jimmy Page from the early 1980s with telecaster guitar

Jimmy Page in 2009 posing with Les Paul guitar for a magazine cover

Jimmy Page in 2009 posing with Les Paul guitar for a magazine cover

Jimmy Page in Los Angeles, June 2009 for premiere of the movie It Might Get Loud

Jimmy Page in Los Angeles, June 2009 for premiere of the movie 'It Might Get Loud'

Be sure to check out Ross Halfin’s web site for more spectacular imagery!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Jun 21 2009

It Might Get Loud – 3 Guitarists Together in a New Film

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2′s The Edge and the White Stripes’ Jack White together in a new film!

So call me dense or whatever you wanna call it, but this just slipped past me. I never even knew this was in the works, but once again, my following of the Ross Halfin web site uncovered this new film which is coming out soon. In Ross’ diary entry marked June 19th, he’s in Los Angeles with Jimmy for the premier!

The film is apparently about the history of the electric guitar as seen from the point of view of three significant musicians. The first being Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, the second being the Edge from U2 and last, but not least, Jack White of the White Stripes. From the looks of the trailer, it looks like the film revolves around each individual guitarists personal style and approach to the guitar. From the looks of it, Headley Grange is visited by Jimmy and for those of you who are Zeppelin fans, you’ll of course know that the band recorded numerous time there and is especially noted as being responsible for the huge drum sound in ‘When the Levee Breaks’. Other notable bands also recorded or rehearsed at Headley Grange in East Hampshire, England. The song, ‘Black Dog’ by Led Zeppelin was named after a black Labrador Retriever which was found hanging around the during recording of their fourth album in the early 1970′s.

It looks like the film is scheduled for limited release in New York and Los Angeles on August 14th, 2009. There are some still shots viewable as a slide show at IMDB.com and here’s the trailer in HD below.

A recent magazine cover from the three guitarists in the film:

 

Jack White, Jimmy Page and the Edge

Jack White, Jimmy Page and the Edge

 

I will try to post more info here as it becomes available, until then, enjoy!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees


Apr 10 2009

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page Together Again!

Where did Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play?

On April 4th, 2009 Jeff Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. Supporting him was none other than the legendary Jimmy Page! There are rumours Jimmy will make a few select appearances with Jeff on his current US tour, but check out these great clips of the two legends up on stage again. The two original Yardbirds together again! Wow!

Videos of Jeff and Jimmy at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance.

Here they are performing ‘Beck’s Bolero‘ and an instrumental ‘Immigrant Song‘.

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Nov 28 2008

On a less serious note…

So we’ve got a few days off here in America for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d write some on the old Blog that I’ve been neglecting. I think I’m going to keep another non-serious thread going here to lighten up the load on the work-related items.

So how shall I start? Hmmmm. You know, there’s a site I really enjoy checking out almost everyday when I log on. This is from a british photographer by the name of Ross Halfin and seeing as how he’s got some good writing on his site, I think I’ll start out talking about him.

Ross has a ‘Diary‘ section on his site which is really amusing and informative at the same time. His travel photography I really enjoy as a beak from all of the great rock and roll photography. He’s photographed nearly every great musical artist there is! You name it, The Who, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam and of course my favorite, Led Zeppelin… he’s photographed them all! Here’s an example of Jimmy Page at the recent Olympic Games in Beijing of 2008.

Jimmy Page in Beijing | copyright Ross Halfin

One of my favorite series of photographs from Ross contains this image here below of Jimmy at Shepperton Studios in 1993.

Jimmy Page at Shepperton Studios | copyright Ross Halfin

I really enjoy reading Ross’ writing in his Diary on his site. He writes about all kinds of things. Mostly commenting about others on his travels across the globe. His comments hold nothing back and he is oftentimes very critical of others, but that can be quite refreshing to hear what a person is really thinking rather than sugar-coating everything. Oftentimes, his comments are related to his travels.

A sample below:

My flight is full, absolutely rammed, only got a middle seat (okay, I’ll admit I’m flying business) but sitting inbetween an old man and a Chinese man who keeps knocking my arm trying to get more elbow room or whatever you call it. I wonder how long I’ll last without a row with him, – he’s now done it four times.

And yet another sample when he was currently in Kansas City when shooting a Metallica show:

Kansas. Yes, somewhere over the rainbow. The airport is about a hundred miles from downtown. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it was a long way. Around the arena are lots of Irish bars and places to eat meat, lots of meat. Most of the people walking around are the size of cows, it’s like herds of human cattle. Kazuyo says ‘It’s so boring here all they do is eat.’

I got out of a taxi at the venue. A large heifer comes over, ‘Hey are you Lars?’. Firstly, could you see Lars getting out of a cab in the street and saying at the stage door ‘Hello my good man. Is this The Kansas Sprint Arena and can I come in?’ I say no and he then looks at me as if he’s just seen the awakening of Christ and says ‘You really look like Lars are you sure?’ I’m sure and just to clear up any misconceptions, Lars looks like me – except I’m far more handsome…

Ross has some great photographs of some of the most famous and influential musicians ever, so check out his site and see how he allows us access into his perspective on a quite intriguing career as a photographer. Well worth return trips to the site to see what he’s up to, where he’s travelling to, and who he’s photographing or bumping into at hotels in Hollywood.

http://www.rosshalfin.com

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees