Zeppelin in ’75

Guitarist Jimmy Page may not be Beethoven but his musicianship and compositional skills are praised for “Kashmir” which he wrote with other members of Led Zeppelin.

The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Wikipedia notes they are one of rock’s most successful, innovative and influential groups.

“Kashmir” is from the British band’s sixth album Physical Graffiti in 1975 and unusual in that it uses outside musicians for brass, strings as well as electric guitar and mellotron. Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (with contributions from John Bonham) over three years, with lyrics dating to 1973 it features  musical patterns from classical Moroccan, Indian and Middle Eastern music.

Page explained, “I had a sitar for some time and I was interested in modal tunings and Arabic stuff. It started off with a riff and then employed Eastern lines underneath.”

About the tuning and Clapton’s Beethoven hairstyle: the still is from in his documentary It Might Get Loudfrom 2008 where he performs Kashmir with The Edge and Jack White.

Led Zeppelin play Kashmir

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