Jimmy Page has looked back at his career as Led Zeppelin guitarist in an eight-hour interview with Rolling Stone.
An excerpt from the interview discuss early negative reviews of the band, and how it motivated them to carry on.
"There was a certain amount of acid poured on us," Page recalls. "I could see it as venomous then. How I see it now? It went over their heads. I will give the reviewers the benefit of the doubt – each album was so different to the others."
Page remembers critics saying "Led Zeppelin III
" was their attempt to do "a Crosby, Stills and Nash
," even though their first album had plenty of acoustic guitar.
Negative comments didn't upset the band. "It made me more determined. I knew what we had. We obliterated them in San Francisco on the first tour. By the time we were moving on, through these other territories, everybody wanted to see what had come from the ashes of the Yardbirds."
He also talked about how Led Zeppelin was essentially his band, especially in the early days.
"At that time, absolutely. I'm the one presenting the material and giving the ideas, how these things should be done. But the ruthless efficiency – everybody went into the first album with that. Everybody knew how good we were. And we were strict in that if we were writing something and it sounded like something else we'd done, we'd immediately drop it."
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