Jimmy Page was born just outside London, England. He grew up there and in Epsom, Surrey, England.
Lots of rumors and misinformation surround Page’s interest in the occult. There were rumors he was a Satanist, into black magic, or sold his soul in exchange for fame. Regardless of whether or not you believe all the rumors, that’s not how Page describes it.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist was a follower of Aleister Crowley, an occultist, mystic, and magician, among other things. Page said he read one of Crowley’s books when he was just 11-years-old, and started really getting into “magick” when he was just 15. He eventually bought Crowley’s old house and opened up an occult bookstore in London because, as he put it, “I was so pissed off not being able to get the books I wanted.”
The four musical elements of Led Zeppelin making a fifth is magick into itself. That’s the alchemical process.
Page never tried to tone down his interest in the occult. He wore embroidered symbols on his clothes and placed them on album covers, which he called “talismanic magick.” And he had the words “Do what thou wilt” written on the original vinyl pressing of the album Led Zeppelin IV, which was a reference to Crowley’s main philosophical tenet. But he rarely went into much depth about it in interviews. He said,
I don’t really want to go on about my personal beliefs or my involvement in magic. I’m not interested in turning anybody on to anybody that I’m turned on to. If people want to find things, they find them themselves.
Well, thanks to Page, I’m sure many young rockers found their way to Aleister Crowley themselves.
I couldn’t find much evidence that Page is very concerned with partisan politics. I would assume that he’s generally left of the center considering his role in 1970s rock 'n roll counter-culture. (Take this conversation with William Burroughs as an example.) But it doesn’t appear that he’s entered the debate.
In non-partisan political news, after agreeing to perform at the 2010 “Show of Peace” concert in China, Page was honored with the first ever United Nations Pathways to Peace Global Peace Award.
But that appears to be about it. If you know anything else about Page’s politics, or you have any thoughts on his less than mainstream spiritual beliefs, leave us a comment.