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No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Using new and exclusive interviews Martin Power tells the full story of Jimmy Page's long career. Starting with the early Sixties session scene when the teenage Page contributed to recordings by The Who, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and many more, the author goes on to explore Page's time in The Yardbirds, the band that would metamorphose into the legendary Led Zeppelin.


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Hardcover, 624 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Omnibus Press (first published October 13th 2015)
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M.L. Rio
Look, you're either a person who wants to read 700 pages about Jimmy Page or you're not. Trouble is, if you're a person who wants to read 700 pages about Jimmy Page, this probably isn't the first book about him you've ever picked up. Don't get me wrong, Power does an admirable job tracing what Jimmy's been up to since 1944, but because he evidently didn't have direct access to his subject in the writing of this, the Silmarillion of music biographies, he's forced to fall back on quotes and ...more
tortoise dreams
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A biography of the lead guitarist and founder of the little known, underground cult band, Led Zeppelin.

Book Review: No Quarter is a book I started reading in the library on a whim (a 700 page whim), and kept reading just from curiosity. The book is meticulously researched: if you want to know about every recording date, concert date, and record release in Page's life, this is the book for you; if you're curious which precise guitar Page played on every recording and in every concert, Power will
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Allan Heron
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A significant tome which covers the lengthy and successful career of James Patrick Page. Power also did a biography of Jeff Beck and it's interesting to look at both of these legends through the same author's eyes.

If I had any criticisms of the book it lets Page off lightly with some of the areas that have been major in his life. For example, just how much of an interest in the occult does Page have when the references throughout his work are so significant? What is it with Page and young women?
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patrick
This is a book that describes Jimmy Page career through interviews, reviews from albums, and taken from other places. The author does a good job putting everything together and other than his real early stuff at the beginning of the book the rest of the book left me really wanting more but this is what this book is about. A lot of information about Zeppelin which was good but could have used more about the other bands as well. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us ...more
Gato Negro
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Holy magoley, if there is a detail overlooked somewhere in the life of Jimmy Page, it ain't here.

This may be the most comprehensive rock biography I have ever read (and I have read hundreds). Pagey isn't a drunk freewheeling dude so you'd better be into the musical aspects of this biography and the total (and I do mean total) backdrop of his life if you are going to get through this.

It's not for the easily bored as this author will bring you every minute crumb of Pagey data. I, did, however,
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Michal Puchovský
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poctivo napísaná kniha o LedZep, ktorá sa vyhýba prvoplánovosti. Fanúšika zásobuje množstvom informácií o britskej hudbe a Pageovi bez jeho preťazenia. Omnoho lepšie ako Schody do Nebe od R.Colea, bývalého tour manažéra LedZep.
Roxann Howard
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
"It is easy to be hagiographic about Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. Indeed, this author probably has been," Martin Power writes on page 659 of his 698 page book about lead guitarist Jimmy Page. And, it is not uncommon for an author of biographies to become infatuated with their subject. So I do not consider this to be a criticism. And, even so Page comes across as a real ass at parts, so I think he must have treated a lot of people like crap. As to the positives about the book Martin Power is a ...more
Judo  Livingspree
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
On the positive side, this is probably the most detailed account of Page's years in the late 50s to early-mid 60s, up to and including the Yardbirds. The author makes an admirable attempt to create a comprehensive narrative of Page's session years. If there's a more detailed book for this time period, I'm open to suggestions. Page's early production work with Immediate, his songwriting with Jackie DeShannon, and trips to America all before joining the Yardbirds are new content to this reader. ...more
Aaron
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Mostly for older or just hard core Zep fans who can relate to what was happening back in the 60's- 70's. The details of activities and chronology are there , but the inside stories of their rock star lives or what really made these guys tick are conspicuously absent. Historical connections with other UK and US musicians and american blues musician's influence are the most relevant and interesting. The author writes with clear adulation, while voicing criticism only through journalists of the ...more
Roland Kandalbar
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The topic is self-evident. If there is anyone even remotely interested in the life and times of Jimmy Page and his eopic band Led Zeppelin, then this book is essential. I especially enjoyed the section on his studio work before inheriting the mantle of the Yardbirds. I am a huge Led Zeppelin fan, so I easily threw myself into the narrative. I am a musician also, and a guitar player, so the book was a natural. I terrific read, well-researched, well-written, about a musical figure very much ...more
Dana Fernety
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jimmy Page is first and foremost a musician. This book stays with this premise throughout. Avoiding rumors and sticking to the provable record, Power portrays Page as a disciplined craftsman who brought forth a creative, musical vision. That vision, LED Zeppelin, stands today as a legend. This book follows Page as he continues to pursue his vision despite numerous personal and professional setbacks as well as the knowledge that whatever he creates is judged against that legend.
Toni Miller
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best biographies I have read. Well written, entertaining and begins to shed more light on one of the most private rock musicians. If you are not a musician or a huge Led Zeppelin fan, (I am only the latter), this 662 page tome might not captivate you as much as it did me :)
Jon
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based on my love for Led Zeppelin alone I would give this four stars, but the depth and minutiae that other reviewers may have found tedious or overdone was simply eye opening and fascinating for me.
Philip
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Found this book long with not much substance so basically flicked through the last couple of chapters
Nicholas Bobbitt
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The quality of this biography is more in the man's life than the author's hand, but it's still a fantastic tale told fairly well.
Kenneth Jackson
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Mostly this is a chronology of Page's recordings, performances and who he played with. Not much insight or story-telling about him or Zeppelin. Only for Zep fans.
Matthew
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very well documented and enjoyable to read, this fine bio touches on the many facets of the truly iconic and inimitable Jimmy Page. Compelling stories culled from interviews with Page and those who have known and worked with him reveal the genesis of many legendary songs, guitar riffs, albums, and studio production techniques. Several great photo collections enhance the text and further document Page's musical and creative genius. This book is one to return to again and again, whether you're ...more
Roger
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Huge book, three lives of JP. But he's probably one of the most boring rock stars. No drug abuse, lots of girlfriends, but little details of the relationships. Potentially the most interesting part, the death of John Bonham, was kind of glossed over. No details on how or why he got some drunk. As for his post-Led Zep days, who really cares?
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