Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck

We chat to rock 'n' roll legends Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck about their lives, loves and musical obsessions.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 24 Jun 2014
  • min read
Led Zeppelin’s musical legacy is indisputable – when the band first broke in 1969 with their obscene guitar wails, pounding rhythms and neurotic lyrics, the world was instantly hooked.

Jimmy Page, mercurial musician, songwriter and record producer, co-fronted the monstrous rock ‘n’ rollers through nine groundbreaking albums – all of which went top 10 in the US.

They’ve since sold around 300 million records worldwide and their super-charged sound has gone on to influence almost every guitar-based musical niche since.

Jimmy first worked with Jeff Beck, also a prodigious talent, in 1966. At the time, Jeff was on the path to super-stardom as an exceptional lead guitarist and briefly joined the Led Zeppelin line-up, before going it alone.

He’s since collaborated with everyone from Mick Jagger to Kate Bush, Malcolm McLaren to Morrissey, and is credited with creating the drumbeat for Stevie Wonder’s mega-hit Superstition.

We were lucky enough to catch up with the forebears of British rock ‘n’ roll at The Ivors last month to hear about their lives, loves and musical obsessions.

Jeff was on hand to receive the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award, presented by his long-standing pal Jimmy.