Magick is the science and art of bringing about actual changes in reality in accordance with the practitioner’s desire and will.
Mage Music: The Blog is a compilation of selected posts from jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com from May 7, 2012 through November 22, 2014 from author Life Strand. The blog was begun with the intention of discussing and analyzing the music of the extraordinary guitarist, Jimmy Page. It evolved into a broader look at the creative nature of Magick and the connection of Magick with music and other forms of art. This book is the text of blog.
Wow. Reading this book has been quite a journey. Taking what I know about Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and life in general, which seems to be an average amount for someone in my age bracket, and opening the door to something I can’t say that I had avoided in the past, but just never knew the correct path to take to begin the quest.
I will say that during the course of turning the pages that the dim bulb in my head certainly became quite bright. I cannot now claim to be an expert on the subject, I do not host vast volumes of knowledge, however, there is a certain level of enlightenment that I now possess. Using more familiar subjects and concepts allowed the unknown to become unknown.
This is just an amazing and thought-provoking piece of literature. Whether you’re a novice, an expert or anywhere in between, you will learn something. I did.
What do famous rock bands look like if you take portrait photos of each of their members and average them into a single face? The folks over at West Coast Shaving recently decided to find out.
The company gathered together headshots of the members of 30 of the most legendary rock bands throughout music history, then blended the photos together to show what the entire group would look like as a single person.
The audience at Jack White's headlining Lollapalooza Argentina set were in for a seriously special treat. The former White Stripes frontman was joined onstage by Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant to perform the classic "Led Zeppelin II" track "The Lemon Song."
White has long been a fan of the song and performed it when he headlined Bonnaroo last year and has covered it during his Lazaretto tour.
But on Saturday night, real magic happened when Plant, who is also on this year's Lollapalooza Argentina lineup, came onstage to perform the Zeppelin classic with White on guitar. According to Rolling Stone and Setlist.fm, this was the first time Plant has performed "The Lemon Song" live since he and Jimmy Page played it in Norway in 1995.
Plant recently expressed his desire to work with White, saying in a Facebook Q&A last year that he'd be "happy to make a single with him." Plant already chose the song he wanted to record with the "Lazaretto" musician: the 1958 single "Love Me," originally recorded by The Phantom.
Hopefully, they get into the studio soon, but till then we can look forward to another possible onstage collaboration when the two headline Lollapalooza Brazil next weekend.
To celebrate Record Store Day 2015, legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will release a special 10-inch EP, titled More Roar, which collects three performances from his recent world tour to support Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar, Plant's new solo set with backing band Sensational Space Shifters.
The release will be limited to 10,000 copies and include live versions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden" on side A, with a medley of "Poor Howard" and "Whole Lotta Love" on side B.
More Roar will be available at participating outlets on April 18. Visit the official Record Store Day link web site for more information.
"Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar" has earned the former LED Zeppelin frontman a Top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 album chart - and rose as high as No. 2 in the UK.
Although his still gargantuan Zeppelin fans base regularly chomps up all his new released and supports him on the road, he told USA Today he yearns for a different kind of thing. "There were Deadheads, and it was a good place to be," he said. "[Grateful Dead] didn't compromise. They weren't Technicolor rock gods. They had such a huge following because they were coming from a place that, even though it was from an altered state, it was definitely real... That is what I want."
Of his new music, which blends blues, rock, jazz, experimental and world music, he said: "It is appropriate for my time in life. If it were world music, we would be the least-successful world musicians because we desecrate. I like to think it is different - something completely without a name people would call it."
He spoke about his earliest influences - which have informed his new music from Zeppelin up through today. "My preoccupation as a very young early teenager was a music form that I might have missed," he said. "If I had missed it, I would never have sung. If I hadn't heard the Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Little Richard music, I wouldn't have been drawn to music. Most of the music we [in England] were surrounded by was slush, without any commitment. I was born again and saved and reincarnated by American music."
Although the world seems to look back when discussing Robert Plant, he explains that the only was for him to continue on as an artist is to look ahead. "The thing is, that you have to go and strike out again and you have to create a currency that's based on the real reality of now," he said. "Each 'now' is a 'now.' It's not a 'gone,' it's not a 'will be,' it's not a 'was,' or a 'shall,' it's a 'now' and an 'am.' and that's really, what I think, it's all about."
Jimmy Page hopes he's dealt with the problem of poor-quality Led Zeppelin MP3s - and that he's also made his latest remasters future-proof. The latest in his series of re-releases is classic album Physical Graffiti, launched last month complete with a companion disc featuring additional material from the studio sessions from four decades ago.
And he says that, of all the current formats, MP3 is the one that he finds "most annoying." Page tells Kerrang Radio: "I wasn't listening - but I'd be confronted with Led Zeppelin music on MP3. It almost sounded like it had been remixed, and not very well at that."
He regrets that his efforts to achieve "transience and depth" in the original productions seemed to have been lost. "They were mixed in stereo with a depth-of-field to them, with everything in focus," he says. "To have it squashed down is not how it was intended to be.
"It's the jiggery-pokery that goes on. But if you review the situation of how things are listened to, and approach vinyl, CDs and digital separately, it's not one size fits all. I wouldn't do that - not at this point in time." Read more and watch the full interview here.
The new film includes concert footage by the iconic group from throughout their career. Included are performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their historic dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden in July 1973, their triumphant five-night run at London’s Earl’s Court in May 1975, and their record-breaking shows at England’s Knebworth Festival in August 1979.
Songs include such classics as Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven and many more.
Kymberli Frueh-Owens, Fathoms VP of Programming, said "Forty years ago, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti debuted. To this day, the band remains one of the most beloved and respected rock acts worldwide. Theater locations sold out during our Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day event a couple of years ago and we are pleased to bring another fantastic concert event from the band’s unparalleled career to their many fans in select cinemas nationwide."
Robert Plant seems determined not to get back with Led Zeppelin ever again, and but he's left the door open on a reunion with his other massively successful collaborator, Alison Krauss.
Although he nixed a planned follow-up to the duo's follow-up to the six time GRAMMY wining 2007 album, Raising Sand, he and Krauss will perform together at a tribute to folk blues icon Lead Belly (aka Huddie Ledbetter).
The tribute, being produced by the Kennedy Center and the GRAMMY Museum, also will feature headliners Buddy Miller (who played in Plant and Krauss's backing band on the Raising Sand tour), Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr. Tickets range from $20-$89 and are on sale through the arts center's box office.
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection just released a documentary and box set celebrating Lead Belly's life and influence.
Plant has a number of Krauss-less gigs coming up in the coming months, including dates at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, Mountain Jam in New York and Bonnaroo.
Rock legend Jimmy Page appears to have won his planning battle with Robbie Williams after the pop star sensationally withdrew all proposals to develop his mansion.
Williams, 41, bought the late Michael Winner's home in Holland Park in 2013 for £17.5 million.
He submitted two sets of plans for the property, known as Woodland House, which included relatively minor improvements along with a massive subterranean extension.
But the plans went down like a Led Zeppelin with his next door neighbour, Jimmy Page, who has lived in Grade I listed Tower House since 1972.
Page kicked off a planning row by writing a strongly worded objection letter about the proposals.
It escalated last month when Page hired two architectural experts to back his opinion that Tower House is so historically important it should be protected from any nearby development.
Jimmy Page's home
Another neighbour objected while one critic of the plans sent an objection letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - from MELBOURNE.
On Thursday, the architects behind the planned project, Harper Downie, withdrew the plans. The firm today declined to comment.
It represents a big kick in the teeth for Williams, who bought 46-room Woodland House in 2013 for £17.5 million.
The property is one of the borough's best known homes thanks, in part, to its late former owner, the film director and food critic Michael Winner.
Jimmy Page pictured at the BRIT Awards
Williams first wanted to carry out a number of interior alterations to turn the Victorian mansion into a contemporary family pad.
He then submitted fresh plans for a two-storey, underground extension, measuring around 3,600sq/ft.
This is almost four times the size of the average new build in England and Wales and would have made up 11 per cent of the total accommodation.
In a letter to Kensington and Chelsea Council, submitted last month, Page expressed serious concern about how work could cause damage to the "irreplaceable interior" of his home.
Robbie's pad is on the right
He said: "Similar schemes have been carried out on other properties in the area locally and each time the level of vibration cause during the works has caused concern about the effect on decorative finished in The Tower House.
"The work now proposed to Woodland House is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finished of The Tower House may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed."
Page's concerns were supported by a report carried out by historical building consultants Andrew Townsend Architects.
Mr Townsend, who has been practising as an architect for nearly 30 years, described The Tower House as "one of the most important houses built in this country in the nineteenth century".
Backing down: Robbie Williams
He said there would be "serious and very real concern" that major vibrations will be transferred to the building fabric of The Tower House during the proposed works.
This would create "the potential for damage to the fabric of the house and especially to the decorative finishes in the rooms on the east side of the house", he added.
The view has been supported by surveyors from civil engineering firm Clive Hudson Associates.
It is not the first time Williams, who is married to Ayda Field, has had a high profile property setback.
In 2009, the former Take That star paid £8.1 million for Compton Bassett House, which is regarded as one of Wiltshire's grandest privately owned properties.
However, four-years later it was back on the market and failed to sell despite a £5.5 million price-tag.
In case you missed it, Led Zeppelin premiered their 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 'Physical Graffiti' on Yahoo Live yesterday! Check out the premiere live stream and Q&A with Jimmy Page on Yahoo right now to witness it yourself!
Jimmy Page will premiere the complete companion audio to the upcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti on Yahoo Live this Thursday, in advance of its release date next week. Afterwards, the guitarist and producer will answer questions from a live audience in attendance at London's Olympic Studios, where the group recorded some of the album.
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page will be honoured with a special one-off award, the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.
Page will be at the ceremony, which takes place at London's O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday (February 18), to collect the award in person. Tickets are available now.
The Rock'N'Roll Soul Award recognises the unique genius of Jimmy Page and celebrates one of rock's most important and influential guitar players, writers and producers. Truly in a field of his own, Jimmy Page has given so much to the world of rock'n'roll, with his influence continuing to reverberate amongst today’s artists.
NME editor Mike Williams says: "This special, one-off award has been created to reflect one of the most important and iconic figures to have ever picked up an instrument. There is nobody in popular culture quite like Jimmy Page, and we are honoured to be giving him the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award at this year's ceremony."
In addition to the announcement that Jimmy Page will receive the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, it was also recently confirmed that Suede are to be the recipients of this year's Godlike Genius Award.
Suede will perform live on the night, as well as Charli XCX, Run The Jewels, The Vaccines and Royal Blood.
Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will return to host the show for the second year. Last year's big winners included Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn.
The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas has already been confirmed. Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves will tour the UK, kicking off on February 19 and tickets are available now.
Introducing Sound Tracks by Jimmy Page: a special edition box set bringing together JP’s extraordinary compositions for the films Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.
The quadruple box set is available to pre-order now and new discs Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.Lucifer Rising: The Second Coming and Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.Death Wish II: Expansion include rare, never-before-heard tracks.
Speaking about the release, Jimmy explains; “The archive material and work included here serve as an illustration of the ongoing process at the time of these two projects.”
Recorded at Jimmy's home studio in Plumpton and The Sol studio in Cookham in the late seventies and early eighties, Sound Tracks features an all-new booklet containing a written track-by-track insight by Jimmy Page for the archive material amidst a stunning collection of original artwork across 36 pages. The quadruple gatefold CD case and booklet is housed inside a soft-touch matt black slipcase.
Pre-order your copy now - Sound Tracks will be released on Friday, March 06 2015.
PHOTOS found in the Echo archives show there was a 'Whole Lotta Love' in Southampton back in January 1973 when the city played host to one of the world’s biggest rock bands.
For two consecutive nights Led Zeppelin graced two city venues, beginning with a show at the Gaumont Theatre on January 21, that was watched by two-and-a-half thousand Zeppelin fans, who flooded into the venue to watch the rock and roll heavyweights perform live.
Physical Graffiti Playback Event:
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015:
Olympic Studios – Barnes, London
Hosted by Jimmy Page
Just back from this afternoon’s Physical Graffiti Listening Event Playback hosted by Jimmy Page at Olympic Studios in Barnes London – all seven tracks on the forthcoming Companion Disc were played on the stunning sound system against a backdrop of equally stunning Physical Graffiti artwork and 1975 era photos and visuals brilliantly put together by Warner Music’s Jason Morais. Jimmy then conducted a very entertaining Q and A. The event was attended by a variety of TV, radio and press representatives. John Davis, who did the mastering on the reissues with Jimmy was also in attendance.
Physical Graffiti ordering links - to be released on February 24, 2015 Double CD – Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket. Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio. Double LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. Deluxe Edition Vinyl (3LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl. Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available in standard and high-definition formats. Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes: Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art, Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art, High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
RUFUS STONE LIMITED EDITIONS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB 4th 2015
RUFUS STONE TO RELEASE LED ZEPPELIN – FIVE GLORIOUS NIGHTS TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF LED ZEPPELINS APPEARANCE AT EARLS COURT IN 1975
In May 1975, Led Zeppelin performed five momentous concerts at the Earls Court Arena in London to a combined audience of 85,000 fans. It found the band at the peak of their powers, slaying the sold out audiences with a nightly marathon three and a half hour presentation of light, sound, power and energy. Led Zeppelin’s appearances at Earls Court represented a career high for the group and four decades on, are still held in the highest esteem by the vast following.
They were also some of their most visually appealing shows complete with pioneering laser effects, a large video projection screen and the band themselves more than dressed for the occasion – Jimmy Page in a two piece dragon suit, Robert Plant with a cut off shirt allowing for bare chested narcissism, John Paul Jones in a quirky Spanish jacket complete with onions and John Bonham in a glittering T-shirt high on the drum rostrum.
Now for the first time, an extensive collection of timeless images of Led Zeppelin on stage at Earls Court in all their regal splendour, are brought together in a de-luxe limited edition volume.
Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 captures the visual magnificence of the band though the photographic images of some of the finest rock photographers of the era – who were right there on the spot to capture rock history.
Drawing from the archives of variety of photographers including Barry Plummer, Dick Barnatt, Ian Dickson, Michael Putland, Mick Gold, Gus Stewart and more – the book chronicles the sheer visual splendour of these historic concerts though an extensive collection of colour and black and white photos – many of them rarely seen. The photos are complimented by rare memorabilia and a written commentary that puts into perspective exactly why these concerts were some of the finest Led Zeppelin ever performed.
The book is compiled by Dave Lewis – the highly respected Led Zeppelin archivist and author and editor of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose. Dave was in attendance at all five of the Earls Court concerts.
Published on the 40th anniversary of the event and as sadly, the bulldozers move in to demolish the Earls Court Exhibition Centre itself, Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 offers a permanent visual record of a band at their absolute zenith – in a setting that truly justified their status as the world’s greatest live rock attraction.
Five glorious nights in May 1975 – relive them through the visual splendour of this magnificent deluxe volume that captures the power and glory of Led Zeppelin on stage at Earls Court 40 years ago...
The book will be available in a strict limited edition quantity, individually numbered and will ship on the anniversary date of the Earls Court shows. People can register their interest in the book, and receive a special pre-release offer by going to www.fivegloriousnights.co.uk
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I just found this little nugget of goodness for #tbt. Back in the late 1998, I furiously sequenced out all Led Zeppelin songs in MIDI format. Through moving the website around around a half a dozen times over the past 19 years, I apparently had lost the MIDI file folder with all the songs.
Thanks to the Internet Archive's WaybackMachine, I was able to find them. So, without further adieu, in all its glory, here is the MIDI file for Achilles Last Stand.
Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc's worth of unreleased versions of the record's songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple "Houses of the Holy."
Slightly shorter than the version that appeared on the original album, the rough mix places guitarist and producer Jimmy Page's iconic riff in the right speaker and reduces some of the high end. The bass is more prominent, John Bonham's percussion sounds looser in the verses and the overdubbed stabbing guitar line toward the end of the song is more prominent. On top of that, Robert Plant's harmonies on the line "Let the music be your master" are even more present.
"'Houses of the Holy' is unlike anything that anyone was doing," guitarist and producer Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. "It's just something that's totally of its own. I think the lyrics are brilliant on it."
The rest of the reissue includes rough mixes of "Trampled Under Foot" (titled "Brandy & Coke") and "In My Time of Dying," an early version of "Sick Again," a Sunset Sound mix of "Boogie With Stu" and a rough orchestra mix of "Kashmir" that's titled "Driving Through Kashmir." It also contains what the band has billed as a "strikingly different" take on "In the Light."
As with last year's reissues, the new edition of Physical Graffiti, which Page personally remastered,will be available in a variety of formats, including standard CD, vinyl and digital releases. A super deluxe version will contain CDs, vinyl and links to high-def audio, as well as a hard-bound, 96-page book containing rare and previously uncirculated photos and memorabilia.
The reissue will arrive on February 24th and is available for preorder below.
•Double CD – Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket.
•Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio.
•Double LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
•Deluxe Edition Vinyl (3LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
•Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available in standard and high-definition formats.
•Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
o Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
o Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
o High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
o Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.