This week, we celebrate the birthday of Jimmy Page: a guitar hero, an occult dabbler, and – just like Jesus – a Capricorn.
Page was a well-known session guitarist before working with the Yardbirds and – of course – Led Zeppelin. One of the most influential musician/songwriters of all time, Page has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – as a member a each band.
Page’s interest in the occult found him creating the original (unreleased) score for magician/filmmaker Kenneth Anger’s film Lucifer Rising. The guitarist also resided for a short time in Aleister Crowley’s old house on Loch Ness. Page also operated his own occult bookstore and publishing imprint, and the album Led Zeppelin IV features an illustration of The Hermit from the tarot card deck. Page himself transforms into this character in one of the more bizarre sequences of the concert film The Song Remains the Same which we present here in its entirety.
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