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Jimmy Page will be launching his photographic autobiography with a special event in London on Wednesday October 15th: Here are the details:  

A Life in Music: Jimmy Page

The Guardian hosts an evening with the founder member, guitarist and producer of Led Zeppelin

Wednesday 15 October

Cadogan Hall, London SW1

Tickets £20/£18

Book now

In a rare live interview Jimmy Page, founder member, guitarist and producer of Led Zeppelin, will discuss his extraordinary life and career with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. As he releases his photographic autobiography Jimmy Page – the first book by a member of Led Zeppelin – the interview will explore the life of a man both on and off stage, accompanied by a selection of personally selected photographs.

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Rare Jimmy Page footage emerges: A rare interview sequence of a young Jimmy Page has emrged via the ITV network.

Filmed in Guernsey in 1963 it features the then 19 year old Jimmy Page talking about his session work and his love of art. The interview is conducted by beat poet Royston Ellis who Jimmy worked with in the early 60s. Jimmy appears brimming with young confidence – This sensational find can be seen at this link.


The Day Of The Ceaseless Roar:

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters – i Tunes Festival London Roundhouse – Monday September 8th, 2014.

Set List: Turn it Up, Thank You, Spoonful, Black Dog, Rainbow, Going To California,  No Quarter, Pocketful of Golden, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Fixin’ To Die, Whole Lotta Love /Who Do You Love – encore – Little Maggie.

The day of the Ceaseless Roar began late morning when Gary and I met to search out a few record shops. I expected a good presence of the new Robert Plant album and Fopp in Cambridge Circus did not disappoint. A full colour window display with the promo pic of Robert on the sofa and a side window poster of the album sleeve – inside plenty of racked CD’s and of course the vinyl. The Ceaseless Roar continued down the Chalk Farm Road in Camden in the mid afternoon. Strung high above the roadside were a series of posters with the striking image of Robert advertising the Roundhouse show. Before the show it was great to hook up with the visiting Stephen Humphries long time TBL contributor (who combined this gig with the Kate Bush show the next night) plus TBL web founder Dave Linwood, Billy Fletcher and Mick Bulow.round sept 5

Word was quickly spreading that many competition winners had only been notified in the afternoon that they had been successful. This did not deter from the overall attendance too much and by 9pm the Roundhouse was well packed. The no holes barred approach of Turn Up was an immediate statement of intent from the Space Shifters line up. Next up a surprise  inclusion of Thank You  – its first live airing in a good while – the slightly unrehearsed feel of  the much loved fave only adding to the engaging fragility of the song.

The bluesy bluster of Spoonful took things up a notch with Robert ‘s vocals soaring effortlessly. -the momentum then extending to the fist punching splendour of Black Dog – a little maligned recently on various feedback message boards – I was actually quite content with this version featuring the now expected Juldeh Camera effect. I was less enamoured with the version of No Quarter which reshaped the song a bit too much for my liking. The other Zep staples -a pretty Going To California and a dramatic Babe I’m Gonna Leave You both hit the mark – while Rainbow and Pocketful of Golden ably represented the new album – the latter with its Johnny Baggott swirling synths and exotic injections sounding even better in a live setting. Dave Smith and Billy Fuller adding a subtle interjection that effectively demonstrates the creative foil this unit possess.

On the home straight, that creative foil of the band was well in evidence – Justin taking control on a rockerbilly influenced  arrangement of Fixin’ To Die and Skin unleashing a suitably supercharged drive to the Whole Lotta Love/Who Do You Love finale. Little Maggie rounded off the night – Somebody There was listed on the set list but not performed -hopefully that will be aired along the way.

”Keep smiling” was the final word from Robert…sound advice until we pick the tour back up in November.

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Afterwards there was just time to have a quick word with various Spaces Shifters including the lead singer  – their delight at where this particular journey has taken them all was more than apparent. As I recounted to Justin Adams, I was not too far off the mark  back in May 2012 concluding my review of the first Space Shifters show in Gloucester with the statement  ”you get the feeling he can move and shake with this unit of musicians as he sees fit’.

Move and shake they certainly do and the joy they have in doing so is plainly evident. The message is clear: Bring on the Ceaseless Roar…

Dave Lewis – September 11th, 2014.


Robert Plant BBC 6 Music Session and BBC Breakfast interview:

Robert and the Sensational Space Shifters performed a live session from Madia Vale on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Music morning show yesterday (Thursday September 11th). This showcased excellent versions of Rainbow, Little Maggie, Pocketful Of Golden and Turn It Up.

See link at:

On Tuesday, Robert recorded a live interview on BBC Breakfast – see You tube clip below.


DL Diary Update:

First off many thanks for the many birthday comments and posts here and on the TBL Facebook.

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The day itself went off very well and amongst the presents: my fellow vinyl musicologist Pete Burridge gave me the Ronnie Wood album Now Look which I’ ve been looking out for and the rare PJ Proby 1968 single on Liberty with the B side Mery Hopkins Never Had Days Like This which features Zep members on…thanks mate! Tom sorted me the Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes record store day release and Terry a mint sealed copy of Frank Sinatra’s classic album Sings For Only The Lonely. John Parkin came up with a great John Stewart compilation and the Riot Squad The Toy Soldier EP featuring David Bowie circa 1967…top stuff! Dec had already dropped in some orginal artwork for the Robert Plant single You Ma Said In You Cried In Your Sleep last Night which was designed by TBL designer Mick Lowe back in the early 90s.


I treated myself to the Steppenwolf The Second on UK Stateside/Dunhill and Richie Havens The Great Blind Degree on Polydor – purchased on the morning of my birthday at the excellent Vinylbarn stall in Bedford market.

It’s been a full on week here with the excellent Robert Plant Roundhouse show and plenty of Plant media to track including the superb BBC One show appearance, the BBC Breakfast interview and the BBC 6 radio session. After missing out on the Glastonbury Abbey show, it was a real tonic to be back in the live Plant zone on Monday. The album has of course been high on the playlist and each play offers up new insights into what for me is his best album since Fate Of Nations.

Ross sept

I also fitted in a meeting at Ross Halfin’s on Wednesday. Whilst there, I checked out his latest vinyl acquisitions which included some very rare Gene Vincent albums and a great promo copy of the first Detective album on Swan Song. Here’s Ross pictured on Wednesday with three TBL magazines that feature his photos on the cover. The forthcoming TBL 38 issue may well follow that trend (more on that soon.) Behind him is a framed print of the Hipgnosis designed sleeve for UFO’s Phenomenon album signed by the late Hipgnosis designer Storm Thorgerson. Most impressive.

On the reading front I’ve been soaking up the excellent cover feature on The Beatles in the new issue of Classic Rock -not a band who have been featured much in the magazine previously but have every right to be there of course…

TBL 38 is the priority workload right now and I’m wading through text and lay out in the coming weeks for a planned late October publication. There’s some great stuff lined up – more on all that to follow.

There’s one more final outing to celebrate the good lady’s birthday this weekend – after enjoying the T. Rex musical 20th Century Boy a few weeks back, we decided another Bolan fix would be rather fun – so 12 of us are going to see the T. Rex tribute band T. Rextasy in London – a night of 70s nostalgia (no bad thing !) will be proceeded by some shopping for the ladies and you guessed it, a bit of vinyl therapy for the boys in the shape of a record fair visit.

As the bopping elf himself so eloquently put it – Get it on….

DL – September 11th, 2014.


You Tube Clips:

Robert Plant Rainbow at the Roundhouse:

Robert Plant Fixin’ To Die at the Roundhouse

Robert Plant Little Maggie at the Roundhouse

Robert Plant on BBC One Show:

Robert Plant on Breakfast Time:

Until next time…

Have a great weekend

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – September 11th, 2014.

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  • Bob Flux said:

    Much as I admire his shape-shifting and enjoy some of his solo offerings, I am irritated more and more by Plant’s continual snide comments regarding former bandmates with each passing interview. Grow up, man.

  • Andrew r said:

    Fascinating interview with RP.Eloquent and fascinating, his love of music shines through.As does his need to make another slight against his old bandmates,”the other guys used to play in E i’m with guys now who can play in any key,there’s a handle on most instruments you just slide it and change key” Unworthy frankly.

  • Wools said:

    Ms. Janet Lewis,
    Happy Birthday from across the pond. You must have thought years ago how could I be head over heels for this man who dedicated his life to music specifically the Mighty Led Zep! I just want to say thank you for supporting all of Dave’s efforts and being a major force behind our LZ community!

  • Har Darshan Khalsa said:

    Wow, Dave – what a find with the 1963 Jimmy Page interview! Quite a gem.

  • dave linwood said:

    Just to let you all know, *I did not walk out of this show*.

    go see it.

  • Richard said:

    Exciting Zep related times. The NME have reported that Plant is on track for a number 1 album!

  • Steve Phillips said:

    Great heads up on the jimmy Page event.. Tickets booked Thanks See you there…

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