Jimmy Page: “L.A. Was Like Sodom And Gomorrah!”

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photo credit: Ross Halfin

photo credit: Ross Halfin

Hitting stores next week is Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, a book comprised of several interviews that Led Zeppelin’s leader did with Guitar World‘s Editorial Director Brad Tolinski over the years. It’s not Hammer Of The Gods — the book doesn’t go too far into Zeppelin’s legendary off-stage exploits. However, Tolinski did ask Page about the scene around Zeppelin when they were in New York and Los Angeles.  How far did the band delve into decadence in the ’70s?  

“As far as our imaginations would carry us,” Page said. “Those really were the days of pure hedonism. L.A. in particular was like Sodom and Gomorrah, but it always had that vibe, even going back to the golden age of Hollywood in the Twenties and Thirties. You just ate it up and drank it down. And why not?”

Why not, indeed?  Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page comes out on October 23, just weeks before the release of the Celebration Day concert film and album on November 19. The film hits theaters in a limited run later this week (on October 17); check the band’s website, or local listings, for theaters and times. 

Brian Ives, CBS Local 

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