Led Zeppelin’s founder and legendary guitarist, Jimmy Page, posted a photo from 1961 on his Instagram account, and for the first time ever, he talked about his experience from the time he spent in prison.
Jimmy Page is one of the most iconic rockstars of all time. His fame rests on his excellent guitar playing skills, his ability to envision the success of an iconic band such as Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, his big smile and kindness.
Page often uses his Instagram account to post memories from years ago and tell stories to amuse his followers and share his life with them. His recent Instagram post was a photo from 1961 and he told a story about the time he spent in prison, a story that his followers and fans had never heard before.
Jimmy Page started his career in 1957 and has enjoyed a great amount of popularity ever since. He is best known as the co-founder of Led Zeppelin but he had a music career before that which seems to have been quite interesting.
In his recent Instagram post, Jimmy Page revealed his prison experiences from when he was 17 years old. It turns out that Jimmy Page did go to prison but for a different reason than what you might have imagined. He actually went there to give a concert with Neil Christian and the Crusaders.
In his recent Instagram post, Jimmy Page posted his photo with Neil Christian and the Crusaders from their concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London. Page remembers that before the gig, they had to go to the governor’s office and promise her that if they saw someone they know on the inside, they will keep it a secret.
It seems like Page remembers the crowd very clearly even though 60 years have gone by. He recalls that the inmates were wearing washed-out but colorful, floral printed dresses. He also remembers that they were wearing make-up, and in specific homemade mascara made with the charcoal of burnt matches.
This seems to be a very vivid memory for Jimmy Page and it is clear why. This concert was one of Jimmy Page’s earliest gigs and the location makes the concert even more memorable. They seem to have given a successful concert as Page remembers that when they were in the governor’s office after the concert, they could hear the prisoners rioting, but the governor seemed content nonetheless.
This memory was cherished by thousands of Page’s fans and followers who shared their reactions in the comments. Once again, Jimmy Page stole everyone’s heart with his quirky, interesting, and funny story.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his Instagram post:
“On this day in 1961, I played Holloway Prison with Neil Christian and the Crusaders. During my time with Neil Christian and the Crusaders, the band had somehow managed to get a booking to do a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison, London.
Before playing we had to go to the Governor’s office where she asked us to give our word that if we knew anyone on the inside we would keep it a secret on the outside. We played a show to the inmates who were dressed in washed-out yellow, green, blue, and red faded floral print dresses and wearing homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.”
He continued by saying:
“After the show, it became evident that quite a large percentage of the women enjoyed themselves as by the time we got back to the Governor’s office we could hear the prisoners rioting. But strangely the Governor appeared oblivious to the hubbub!”
You can check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account below.