21 Jimmy Page Quotes as True Now as They Were Then

Jimmy Patrick Page is an acclaimed English musician and producer who was able to rise to astronomical success in his career as a guitarist and founder of the infamous rock band, Led Zeppelin. Page is known and hailed as a legend for his masterful ability to create unforgettable guitar riffs with varying guitar tunings and intensely melodic solos. There are also notable folk and eastern influences that you can hear in his acoustic works.

1. On albums

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“The album’s not dead for me. I still buy vinyl albums.”

2. On isolation

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“Isolation doesn’t bother me at all. It gives me a sense of security.”

3. On traveling the world

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“Traveling the world was a constant thing, rich with experiences. But all of it was relative to being able to play live onstage and really stretch out.

4. On finding yourself

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“If people want to find things, they find themselves.”

5. On his vocation

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“My vocation is more in composition really than anything else. Building up harmonies using the guitar, orchestrating the guitar like an army, a guitar army.”

6. On quality

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“The benchmark of quality I go for is pretty high.”

7. On the drums

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“I don’t think drums had ever sounded so big until Led Zeppelin’s first album.”

8. On his personal beliefs

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“I don’t really want to go on about my personal beliefs or my involvement in magic. I’m not interested in turning anybody on to anybody that I’m turned on to.”

9. On his roots

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“I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues.”

10. On guitar playing

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“Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone’s got their own character, and that’s the thing that’s amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone’s approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it’s all valid.”

11. On writing a book

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“If you write a written book, you’re gonna get slowed up by lawyers wanting to see what you say about this person, that person. I couldn’t be bothered with it.”

12. On creating an ambiance

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“The instruments that bleed into each other are what creates the ambience. Once you start cleaning everything up, you lose it. You lose that sort of halo that bleeding creates. Then if you eliminate the halo, you have to go back and put in some artificial reverb, which is never as good.”

13. On getting things done

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“I seem to have tireless energy when I get involved in things, on an almost OCD basis, which is a good way to do things because if you’re gonna do something, you’d better make sure you do it well.”

14. On believing in the music

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“I always believed in the music we did and that’s why it was uncompromising.”

15. On playing live

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“I really love playing live, it’s such a gas.”

16. On his musical influences

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“My influences were the riff-based blues coming from Chicago in the Fifties, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, and Billy Boy Arnold records.”

17. On the critics

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“I don’t think the critics could understand what we were doing.”

18. On the days of Led Zeppelin

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“We were lucky in the days of Led Zeppelin. Each album was different. We didn’t have to continue a formula or produce a certain number of singles. Because, in those days, radio was still playing albums. That was really good.”

19. On the creative spark

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“I’m always looking for the creative spark. Always.”

20. On taking time to yourself

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“The only way to have time is to shut down and then do what you want to do.”

21. On the uniqueness of guitar players

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“I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.”

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