William S. Burroughs interview with Jimmy Page

jimmy page and william s. burroughs

WB: I was thinking of the concentration of mass energy that you get in a pop concert, and if that were, say, channeled in some magical way…a stairway too heaven…it could become quite actual.

JP: Yes, I know. One is so aware of the energies that you are going for, and you could so easily….I mean, for instance, the other night we played in the Philadelphia Spectrum, which really is a black hole as a concert hall….The security there is the most ugly of anywhere in the States. I saw this incident happen and I was almost physically sick. In fact, if I hadn’t been playing the guitar I was playing it would’ve been over somebody’s head. It was a double-neck, which is irreplaceable, really, unless you wait another nine months for them to make another one at Gibson’s.

Rock Magic: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, And a search for the elusive stairway to heaven originally published in Crawdaddy Magazine, June 1975.

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  1. Thank you very much for posting this! I love Page particularly and it’s interesting to hear about his views about the occult, finally. Especially with so many articles and books out about his interests that are summed up as “He’s a true debil-worshipper, he needs gawd.”

  2. KC and the sunshine band

    August 24, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Interesting. Thanks for the link. My life has been lived with the soundtrack from Pagey’s soul. Heavy eh? Yep. I enjoyed the article and have been scouting that one out. I am immediately brought back to the kundalini energy and it’s progression upward to the crown. Could Will be eluding to this afterall….

  3. jimmy page lost tapes does anyone know anything about them??it seem like material for new zep album.look here.

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