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  1. Steve I think it was me who had my "chain pulled" by my mate or his dad at least. I don't know a whole lot about the personal lives of any of the band members. I only narrowed down to the Tangerine song because of Aquamarines suggestion. However it's all good. It's a testement to the power of the music that it still provokes thought and converstion more than 40 years after it was written.
  2. She may have been 18 or 19 when she dated him. I don't think it was anything other than a couple of dates max. They went to a whitesnake concert together apparently. This girl was really beautiful back in the day and caused a lot of mayhem, breaking up a few long term relationships without really knowing what she was doing because if she gave a guy a sniff that she might be interested he'd be after her like a shot (the Kate Moss effect). She was annoying really, very self centred but you could really see why she had the ability to attract someone like Robert Plant. I have no idea what she is doing now.
  3. Thanks for that info Steve. If I get the chance to ask my friends dad in person about that story I will! The third Zep album is my favorite so I was excited to hear some background on it however implausible. I think it makes sense that Tangerine is about a girl he met back at art school, before he got famous and everything got crazy for him. I guess he must have missed having a normal relationship and perhaps wrote Tangerine looking back to that time. I guess we will never really know!
  4. Well I wasn't too convinced about this myself as the dates given seem to conflict with the time he was with Charlotte. I suspect that Tangerine was inspired by an art school girlfriend and the rest of the story grew from that. Does anybody know who he dated while at art school? Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone I'm new, always been a huge fan of Led Zeppelin but new to the forum. I've joined tonight to see if there is any truth in something a friend told me the other night. His father is in the music business and was close to the band in the early 70's. He was telling me that his dad claims that the third Zeppelin album is a sort of "cenotaph" to what Jimmy Page still regards as his most important relationship. She was a young art student he fell in love with and planned to marry in the early 70's but who then left him for a close friend of his (another musican) after he failed to curtail his womanising while on tour. It seems he had expected her to turn a blind eye to his bad behaviour due to his status and her leaving him was a huge slap in the face and nothing he expected. The third Zeppelin album can be read as a sort of narrative about the break down of a relationship from his betrayal, to his anger at his friend who he felt "stole" her, his regret and finally his acceptance of the situation and him wanting to wish them well because he had failed to make her happy. Supposedly he still very much regretted losing her many years later. I've been listening to Zep Three and I can sort of see the theme or storyline in the album but I've never heard anything about Jimmy Page having some big romance or engagement at that time apart from Charlotte Martin and this wasn't her. I can't find any info on this mystery art student and I was told the relationship lasted a couple of years. Anybody have any info on this? On a side note I used to know a girl who went on a couple of dates with Robert Plant in the mid 90's she was like 30 years younger than him and very beautiful but it didn't last more than a few dates.
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