18 Jul 2011Live
Jimmy Page talks about his first official website
head of the launch of JimmyPage.com last Thursday, rock writer and journalist Pete Makowski interviewed Jimmy about his first ever website, the story behind its inception and his vision for On This Day.
Take a look at the interview below and don't forget that you can share the interview on Facebook and Twitter at the bottom of this page.
PM: When did you start thinking about putting together a website?
JP: I’ve had the domain name for a number of years. I’ve just been sitting on it and a number of people had made approaches about setting something up and it got to a point that it felt it was the right time to put one together.
PM: Were you aware of the other Jimmy Page websites and did that add to the importance of doing your own?
JP: Well not really because they were clearly fan websites and that’s really great. When you’ve got fans and especially ones committed to doing websites, it’s OK. The only problem I have is when inaccuracies pop up and gain a life of their own. Over the years with the Internet and forums, urban musical myths start to change what actually happened at the time. And then it comes into the world of Twitter and blogging, of which I’m going to be doing neither.
Another reason for doing the website is if you talked to people generally who aren’t switched on to what I’ve done they probably think ‘oh yeah, he was the guitarist in Led Zeppelin wasn’t he? And they did the 02.’ And if they said anything else about me it would probably relate to that BBC clip where I’m about thirteen. That’s all they really know about me and I’ve had a really long career, seriously active for over 50 years. Having recently done the book for Genesis, which was a chronological history, it gave me an opportunity to revisit all of the various projects I’ve ever been involved with and I thought I could do something similar on the website.
PM: How did you go about setting it up?
JP: Well, when I came to the arrival of the decision to do it I asked other people what they found frustrating with websites and they came up with two main things; navigation and the fact that they don’t change everyday. Well I had the navigation sorted out but it was the criticism that the sites don’t change that concerned me.
PM: Is that how the idea for On This Day came about?
JP: I had the idea for a long time and I proposed to use it on the Led Zeppelin website, because I thought it would be an ideal way to portray Led Zeppelin’s history. Curiously enough, there are now sites popping up doing this everywhere. So I knew I had a sound idea. It’s an interesting concept because every day you are going to have an event from my life and it will go all the way back to me being a teenager, still at school and playing in London bands while I lived in Epsom - which at the time seemed miles away. So it starts from there and the next day it could be when I played at the Olympics, because my career spans several decades. It looks random, but it isn’t. I love the idea that there will be a ‘Splash’ page everyday and nobody will be able to guess what’s coming next.
PM: Any final words on JimmyPage.com?
JP: I think this is the ideal vehicle to present my past, present and future work.