All those “Very Serious Music Fans” out there tend to be dismissive of former child stars and prodigies, and that’s not entirely unfair, considering what the Mickey Mouse Club hath wrought. The truth though, is that most (all?) great musicians were once little kids. Jimmy Page’s early ventures in skiffle bands (at just 13!) are testament to that. I actually think this brief 1963 interview with him talking about being a session musician is even more interesting though, since you see him developing a musical career with no serious ambitions of stardom.
What’s obvious is how rather unimpressed Page seems to be about the entire matter—demonstrating the sort of teenage flippancy and confidence you’d expect, really. He complains of the older members of the musician’s union keeping him from getting work, he dismisses the big artists he’s worked with as “disappointing,” and he isn’t even particularly forthcoming about his own musical projects. At this point in his life, he’s not even set on being a professional musician—he tells the interviewer he hopes his session work will actually support him as an artist someday. Them crazy kids!
Via Open Culture