Friday, June 02, 2006

Jimmy Page & The Prewar Bluesmen



I love Jimmy Page, and I love Led Zeppelin too. But I have always been disappointed by how they did not properly credit the prewar bluesmen & women for the music they played. Much of this music is traditional and it is difficult to know who should get the credit for it.

But one of the more disturbing practices of Zeppelin and Page is that they actually took the writing credits for much of the music that they played, when in fact they did little to create the music, but were really doing some great covers.

I have been in many arguments with those who love Zeppelin, and who do not know about the prewar blues performers. That is another one of the reasons that I started this blog, I wanted to document the accomplishments of the prewar blues musicians.

Well anyway I recently surfed onto a very informative article that documents some of history of Page's use of other's music and ideas THE THIEVING MAGPIES: Jimmy Page's Dubious Recording Legacy

I present this here not to take anything away from Jimmy Page or Led Zeppelin, because in my mind they were one of the greatest bands that ever existed, and Jimmy Page is one of my favorite guitar players of all time, but to pass along some great documentation. The fact that they are still being listened to, talked about, written about still today is a testament to their greatness.

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