John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, Dec. 2, 2012.John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, Dec. 2, 2012.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

By Lori Spencer

Yahoo! News

 

Of all the many honors and lifetime achievement awards Led Zeppelin has racked up through the years, being honored by the Kennedy Center may be the one they are most proud of.

The annual award is given to performing artists who have made a unique contribution to American culture. Of the 178 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors over the past three and a half decades, only one other British band has been chosen (The Who in 2008). Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page considers the selection of Led Zeppelin in 2012 to be “a terrific honor.”

“We owe such a massive debt to American music,” Page said. “It’s a thing that definitely seduced us all to be want to be part of the music.”

Page explained that the four members of Led Zeppelin grew up listening to American blues, rock and country artists as young men growing up in England during the 1950s and 60s, which in turn heavily influenced the sound of Led Zeppelin.

“We were accessing this music through the radio and records that we mail-ordered from the States, or that someone had managed to get somehow,” he said. “It was a major part of how we became what we were, which was musicians caught up in this whole movement of American roots-based music.”

“Everything that we talk about is American, from our music tastes more or less (and maybe north African and Egyptian).” Vocalist Robert Plant agreed. “Our mutual love of and absolute and total influence by American music whether its from Mississippi or Chicago…”

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