Did Jimmy Page visit Jack Kerouac’s grave in Lowell?
Indeed, it seems that the Led Zeppelin guitarist did recently stop by Edson Cemetery with his much-younger girlfriend, British poet Scarlett Sabet, to pay his respects to the celebrated poet-novelist who died in 1969.
The 26-year-old Sabet, whose writing is said to be influenced by the Beats and Patti Smith, was in town to give a reading at Wellesley College, and Page, who’s 47 years Sabet’s senior, tagged along. Sabet tweeted a photo from Kerouac’s grave that includes four feet — two are hers and two, presumably, are Page’s.
On her website, Sabet wrote: “Whilst in Massachusetts I was able to go and pay my respects to one of my favourite writers in Lowell.” She also posted a soundless, slightly eery video of the visit to Edson Cemetery. Neither she nor Page appears in the video.
Page is no doubt a Kerouac fan, but he’s best known for his interest in the Victorian occultist Aleister Crowley, whose home on the bank of Loch Ness the guitarist purchased and lived in while (allegedly) dabbling in black magic.
A few years ago, you’ll recall, Page was in Boston to deliver words of wisdom to Berklee College of Music grads. During that visit, he spent his free time not in a cemetery but shopping for vinyl at In Your Ear Records on Commonwealth Avenue. (Last fall, Page’s former bandmate, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, was on Martha’s Vineyard with his much-younger girlfriend.)
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