The Beastie Boys once sang (sic): “If I played guitar I’d be Jimmy Page/The girlies I like are underage.” As far as I know, they’ve gotten a free pass for such a debased endorsement but there’s no question as to their lyrical veracity.
According to Wikipedia, James Patrick “Jimmy” Page, Jr. is “an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin” who is “widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time.”
Here are the basic details: In 1972, at a nightclub in LA, Page met 14-year-old Lori Maddox. In the unauthorized biography of Led Zeppelin, Hammer of the Gods, Maddox explains that Page “told his tour manager, Richard Cole, to ‘kidnap’ her and take her to the West Hollywood hotel the band was staying in. Maddox admits to being kept under lock-and-key, presumably to keep 29-year-old Page from being imprisoned for child sexual abuse.”
Of course, this is but one of many similar “rock star” stories.
Perhaps some enterprising soul will set the record straight by adding this missing information to Jimmy Page’s Wiki page. You never know…
In the meantime, to discuss Page’s musical reputation without mentioning his status as kidnapper and child rapist is to support and sustain the rampant, ever increasing pedophile culture.