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  1. Jahfin, seeing your avatar reminds me that Sister Rosetta was apparently Johnny Cash's favourite singer when he was growing up. As the documentary stressed,though, it was her guitar work on top of her voice and charm that made her so great. She rocked!! "Strange things happening every day", recorded in 1944, is heralded by some as "the first rock'n'roll record". Glad to see that her grave in Philadelphia now has a grand headstone, as a result of the proceeds from a tribute concert. There is now a day named after her in Pennsylvania (January 11th).
  2. Before watching a documentary about her called "The Godmother of Rock'n'Roll," aired on BBC4 a week ago, I was only vaguely aware of her name as a result of "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us" on Raising Sand. She's incredible! Robert is quoted on another thread as saying he saw her in his youth when she was on the bill with Son House. With Tinariwen and Sister Rosetta Robert's helped shine the light on some life-altering music in recent years. Check this out:
  3. Steven Tyler, and Aerosmith, are naff. I find it sad that he was even considered, and am grateful that for whatever reason this painful embarrassment was avoided.
  4. Yeah, 24/5/75 is another brilliant one, but I don't go along with the "Greatest ever" tag often given to 23/6/77.
  5. I'm not so big on the 30 min+ '77 versions, but the ones from '75....transcendent. 27/3/75(LA), Flying Circus, 14/2/75 (Nassau), 28/2/75 (Baton Rouge). They "get lost" in the very best way, taking you to a strange and unearthly place where no-one ,including them, knows quite what's going to happen next. I agree that TSRTS is fantastic (MUST be the original, not the criminally shortened 2007 version) and so are Mobile, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth...but some of those '75 versions are incredible trips.
  6. I've been scouring the net to see how I might be able to get hold of the Vancouver version but I've had no success so far. Can anyone help me? Thanks, Pat
  7. Really good article, Sunchild. I think it hits the nail on the head.
  8. Baroness, I take your point concerning Wall's comment that now he's 50, he doesn't need to talk to Jimmy anymore. I think what he's trying to say is that he's a proper grown-up now who's now less bothered about being friends with someone like Jimmy (oh wait- nobody is!) than he used to be because, as an older, wiser fellow, he knows what's really important in life. It's hard, though, to ignore the fact that as a music mag journo and editor it was useful for him to have access to Jimmy. Now in his position as a "rock author", having learnt everything that he's likely to about Page, it makes sense for him to write "the big one"-make more of a name for himself,and support his young family. I think the bitchy tone he's taken about Page is self-justification, partly because he knows that he's burnt his boats with Jimmy, which he probably feels at least a little bothered about, and also because it's led to his being ostracised by many others, like Robert, his old friend Cookie Vance and so on. Therefore he's taking the " Sod you, Jimmy, and all the rest of you, I have no regrets" line. How classy of him to say that he doesn't feel contempt for the "tragic" Jimmy, despite the novelty of knowing him wearing off! This all puts his old chum Ross Halfin in a tricky position- when he's not bragging about being Jimmy's best mate (did you see those photos he put up of himself with Page on holiday in Cambodia over xmas a couple of years ago, only for them to swiftly disappear on the orders of his best pal?!) he's talking about how he and Mick were/are thick as thieves and have never fallen for the self-serving charm of rock stars. I think the book's interesting in places. It's certainly better than previous atrocities like "Hammer" and "Stairway",so he has achieved his stated aim in that sense. But it's not great. In the long run, the best Zep book isn't going to be written by a low-end music mag veteran who's also put out a book on the Osbournes for Christmas, pending his next publication about Status Quo, not to mention his previous tomes on Bon Jovi, Marillion, Iron Maiden, etc.. He swears too much as well. I don't think Mick Wall's got enough taste for the subject. No doubt he's hoping he'll get a little wealth.
  9. I noticed that Mick Wall was also very disparaging about Jimmy's Beijing performance. He seems to be being very self-consciously critical of Jimmy at the moment... perhaps there's some defensiveness, some inner unease on Wall's part with regard to his actions and his loss of Jimmy's friendship. He doesn't even take his shades off for the "author photo" in the book, which ends with the conjecture that just as Boleskine House does, Jimmy will always have have his demons. There's a strange little story on pages 328-9; allegedly, David Bowie invited Page over to his New York house on 20th Street in 1975. Obsessed with Crowley at this stage, Bowie was apparently convinced that Jimmy's studies had given him an especially strong "aura", which fascinated and scared him. The meeting didn't go well- a freaked-out and intimidated Bowie asked Page to leave, which he only did after silently smiling and staring at Bowie for some time. He left with a slam of the door. After that Bowie avoided him and insisted that the 20th Street house be exorcised!
  10. The most populous nation on earth currently has, as a whole, little awareness of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. That is about to change.
  11. I've just noticed one glaring omission in the list- maybe we can coax Jeff out of retirement by demanding that he tell us what he feels about NO QUARTER!!!!! Perhaps his favourite live version.
  12. Been re-reading some of Jeff's gems. They're just so great, so emotional...I hope they reach as many people as possible on this forum. Thanks again, Bruce. And thanks even more, Jeff!
  13. I just don't think Jimmy wants anyone remotely on the inside writing about his life or his band. He has always struck me as being an intensely private and reticent man.
  14. I think it's going to be incredible. Think Beyonce & Prince at the Grammys times 10!!
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