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This is what Jimmy Page says about 'Dazed and Confused' and Jake Holmes;


"Dazed And Confused" -- Jake Holmes, written and recorded as "Dazed & Confused." The Yardbirds covered it under the title "I'm Confused," with different lyrics. Page again changed the lyrics (which were originally about an acid trip) for the Zeppelin version. The version on the _Session Man_ album (on Archive) credited to the New Yardbirds is actually the Holmes original. Page: "I don't know about all that. I'd rather not get into it because I don't know all the circumstances. What's he got, the riff or whatever? Because Robert wrote some of the lyrics on that album. But he was only listening to...we extended it from the one that we were playing with the Yardbirds. I haven't heard Jake Holmes so I don't know what it's all about anyway. Usually my riffs are pretty damn original [laughs]. What can I say?"


This quote is lifted from an excellent site for Zep enthusiasts.


Here's the link;



Section (18) deals (at considerable length) with the thorny subject of plagiarism in surprising detail.



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I saw Holmes play in the UK about 1971, supporting Rory Gallagher's Taste I think. The reason I remember is the people behind me tried to boo the poor guy off.

I believe he is still alive; if he sued - and won, and he would win something - he'd get millions! I'm not surprised Page doesn't want to "get into it" after being sued for royalties by very famous blues legends over 3 tracks on Zep II.

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