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Jimmy Page On Being Influenced By American Guitarists

Jimmy Page is recognized as one of rock's Mount Rushmore guitarists, an originator and trend-setter as a first-call studio hand in London, then with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin -- as well as later work with the Firm, Coverdale Page and as a solo artist.

While he was born in England, however, Page tells us that it was American rock 'n' roll music that set the tone for what he wanted to do on the guitar:

"I am doing probably what they were doing up there, which is try to emulate the music I heard coming from America in some shape or form...It's defining coming from America...rock 'n' roll, rockabilly if you like, like in the modes of what (Elvis) Presley was doing and inspiring so many people like Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, all of them. And then accessing the blues and wanting as much to be sort of James Burton as being sort of B.B. King, do you know what I mean? It was this sort of growth, really, of this voracious appetite I had for all things six strings, really...I can see how it manifests across the board."

 

Page's latest project was remixing and remastering new editions of Led Zeppelin's catalog during 2014-15, as well as publishing the "photographic memoir" Jimmy Page. He's been working on new solo music as well, but with no announced release date.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.