Canadianzepper Posted January 16, 2017 Share Posted January 16, 2017 On 13/01/2017 at 10:21 PM, KellyGirl said: Rather old thread, however I see few people bumped it, so I'm going to add some chatter to it. What is this talk regarding Jimmy releasing a book posthumously because of the possibility of being sued. I often read that concern, so I have to ask who and why would somebody do this. Yes I get it. He is extremely wealthy and some people will go to a lot of trouble to extract money via dishonest ways, but I am talking about a realistic case. Not some weirdo who wants to "save or heal" underage groupies from the 1970s, or those who believed Page was equal to Jim Jones. Some fool claiming to suffer mentally/physically over who Page was banging in his hotel room 40+ years ago, or the fact he had curiosity with Crowley. There are no cases to be won with those things. Seriously though. I would assume any living or deceased person mentioned would have his permission. (John's wife and kids I'm sure would be fine with it) I don't expect Page to slander his band mates by sharing who was stepping out on their wife while on tour in the USA, or endless stories of the other band members drug use. Those are not his stories to share. I guess some could say the groupies could sue, but then we can all start laughing at how ridiculous that sounds seeing how many of them have told their stories or wrote little memoirs themselves. So I ask again who actually would have legitimate reason to sue Page. Maybe I'm missing something. Other musicians, studio engineers, road crew etc ? On a side note. I don't ever see any member ever doing a book about their time in Zeppelin. They have since day one exhibited a locked door on a majority of the stuff that took place on the road. The book would end up strictly being about music. Which kind of defeats the whole idea of this tell-all book. Being private is not a bad thing. Well that's the point, Page knows things very few do, and some things nobody but he knows. Would some of this be the types of things that one could sue him for? Probably. There are alot of leeches in the industry as it is. I would definitely pay top dollar to hear it all from the source, noone knows it better than him. Even all of the second hand stories would be gold. The secrecy was driven by Grant more than anyone I suspect. It worked at the time because all that mattered was the music, a vastly different age then today with social media and anyone and everyone being a household name. I can't help but think that Page and others in the band look at their legacy differently as they are aging and seeing their mortality. This naturally falls on Pages shoulders since he always held the band as an extension of himself, it was more than just a band to him, it was his purpose in life, his very existence it seems. All that he envisioned about music with the swagger and experiences that came with this fame. As we can see from his reissuing of the albums, painstaking work to be sure, pouring over hundreds of hours of old audio. He cares about what is left behind after he is gone. I have always had some opinions about Peter Grant, I would like to hear more about him in particular. I would also like to hear about what drove the creative forces for them when they felt worn down on tour etc. What many people often overlook was how professional they were. Doing long sets, rising to the occasion so often when you know they had to be worn out or going through the motions. The old saying "party hard, work hard" seems to apply to them. Clearly they didn't have the scrutiny that a band today would have, and that allowed them to generate their own music unabashed. Finally, Page connects with the fans in a subtle but profound manner. He views them as the defenders of their legacy which can be handed down to others. Even speaking to some he respects before releasing songs for the reissue to confirm they are unreleased versions as that was what he wanted to provide to the hardcore fans. There is no band with the staying power that they have, none even close in my estimation. It is almost 50 years since their first album and they are in heavy rotation on every rock station known to man. If this is to remain the case in this ever changing world of information and communication, there has to be a story left behind that is accurate, even if unflattering at times, which I am sure it would be with all that was going on in the 70's. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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