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THE FIRST TIME WE MET THE BLUES
A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY WITH JIMMY PAGE,
BRIAN JONES, MICK JAGGER AND KEITH RICHARDS
Foreword by Jimmy Page
Paperback, 130 pages, 31 illustrations, 2009
David Williams grew up in Epsom, Surrey and was a childhood friend of future Led Zeppelin guitar legend, Jimmy Page. Together they discovered what was for them an intriguing and very different kind of music: the blues. As their interest grew into a passion, they befriended other teenage enthusiasts – among them Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – becoming part of a movement that ultimately brought about the '60s rock revolution.
Part-biography, part-history, The First Time We Met The Blues is packed full of great anecdotes and unique insights into the early British blues scene, Page's formative years as a musician, the beginnings of the Rolling Stones, and much more besides. It culminates with a detailed account of a momentous expedition by van from London to Manchester to see the American Folk-Blues Festival in October 1962 – the first time ever that Williams and his friends had an opportunity to see legendary American bluesmen like T‑Bone Walker, Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker in action – and an assessment of its far-reaching aftermath.
"Williams' reminiscences are interesting... the emphasis is placed not on his pals, soon to become very famous, but on the excitement and thrill of being a music fan." Mojo 121 (September 2009)
"I enjoyed this monograph quite a bit and would recomend it to anyone who was around at the time, not just for the music, but for portraying our liberation from the bland miasma of Cliff and the Shadows to discover there was real music on the planet." Blues & Rhythm 242 (September 2009)
"An enjoyable read, written in a chatty style (as if with a pen in one hand and a pint in the other)." Juke Blues 68 (Autumn/Winter 2009)
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