'I wanted to include items from my personal archive that have played a part in my career over 60 years, to illustrate the detail behind the detail.' – Jimmy Page
For Jimmy Page: The Anthology, Jimmy Page is sharing hundreds of items from his private collection including costumes, stage equipment and instruments that have had a profound impact on the history of rock. The collection has been specially photographed under Jimmy Page’s art direction, from the curation of the items, to the lighting and the composition. Each photograph tells a story, revealing fine details such as the stitching, the wood grain, the wear and tear – all the marks of a phenomenal rock and roll career.
Now, Jimmy Page has selected a number of photographs to be made available as large format (20”x30”) archival prints. Presented in artist editions of only 75 numbered copies, each print is signed by Jimmy Page with a certificate of authenticity accompanying the final framed artwork. Printed in lightfast Giclée inks onto 100% cotton rag paper, Jimmy Page: The Anthology Portfolio celebrates the instruments, costumes and equipment of a musical genius in a collection of museum quality prints.
'Vox amplifiers and Rickenbacker speaker cabinets, along with the Fender Telecaster and Dan Electro, were my main stage equipment through the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin in 1968 to 1969. The Gibson Les Paul was bought in early 1969 replacing the Telecaster and was used with the Vox and Rickenbackers for the recording of 'Whole Lotta Love' and Led Zeppelin II. That decided it for me: it was going to be the Les Paul from then on.' - Jimmy Page
'When I began painting my Telecaster the pattern took on the imagery of a dragon. Once it was created and painted it became like the legendary Excalibur as it travelled from the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin' - Jimmy Page
'My session years were a fabulous apprenticeship... I was coming up with things in the studio and working on them at home, being at the forefront and pioneering them, like playing with the bow and the effects pedals and trying different recording techniques.' - Jimmy PageFender 'Dragon' Telecaster, 1959, and violin bow.
'Guitars have been photographed since the Fifties, but I wanted to do some shots and angles that nobody had come up with before, as far as I know. I thought it would make an interesting effect to have a row of double necks in which each neck eclipses the next. It's like the double neck guitar army standing to attention.' - Jimmy PageReissues and back-ups of Jimmy's Gibson EDS-1275 double neck - cherry, 1968.
'In the early Sixties I saw my Les Paul Custom 'Black Beauty' in a shop on Charing Cross Road. When I plugged it in it was like a dream, I had to have it. I used it throughout my studio musician years on the majority of sessions so I was deeply connected to this guitar.In January 1970 I played my 'Black Beauty' with Led Zeppelin at the Royal Albert Hall. By April we were on an American tour, and after crossing the border into Canada the guitar failed to turn up. It had evaporated. My 'Black Beauty' had been stolen and remained lost for many years.
'At the time of recording, I was so involved in creating the guitar parts for 'Stairway to Heaven' on the acoustic guitar, two electric 12-strings and a six-string for the solo that I hadn't been thinking about how I was going to perform it all live. That's where the double neck - a 12-string and a six-string - came in. It wasn't the first one that Gibson had made, but it was soon to be the most iconic.' - Jimmy Page
'I played the Les Paul on the recordings of 'Whole Lotta Love' and 'What Is and What Should Never Be' and I made the decision: it was deﬁnitely going to be the Les Paul front of stage from then on... I bought the top whilst on tour in America. I began wearing it on stage in 1972. It's the first appearance of the poppy and I called upon this theme for my future Led Zeppelin stagewear.' - Jimmy Page
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