Jimmy Page To Receive Honorary Degree From Berklee College of Music
A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, first with the Yardbirds and then Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page isn’t wanting for recognition. Along the way, he and his Zeppelin bandmates claimed a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the most recent Grammy nod for best rock album for ‘Celebration Day’ earlier this year.
Receiving a doctorate from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, however, likely wasn’t something the teen drop-out was expecting. Page, who left the U.K.’s Danetree Secondary School in West Ewell at just 15 to pursue music, is set to receive a honorary degree on May 10, 2014 in a ceremony to be held in the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University.
The setting, Page said in an e-mail to Rolling Stone, couldn’t be more perfect. After all, his initial interest in song was sparked by stateside sounds: “It’s truly an honor to be the recipient of an honorary doctorate at Berklee,” the guitarist writes, “as the music of America has been a primary driving force in my early years and pivotal to my musical development.”
This latest recognition arrives just ahead of a trio of deluxe reissues set for June 3 that will focus on Page’s initial albums with Led Zeppelin, kicking off an extensive reexamination of the group’s entire catalog of nine studio albums. Each reissue set will include a second disc of previously unreleased music, plucked from the band’s vault of unheard studio and live recordings.