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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page told an interviewer a story about misinformation.  Someone had insisted that a song from one LZ album was actually from another.  When Page asked him about his sources, the person mentioned an inaccurate website and notes from a pirated disc.  “Voilà,” ends the story, “comment l’histoire est réécrite! [That is how history is rewritten!]” (Page, 2014, p. 26).

Authority may be contextual, to invoke the ACRL Information Literacy Framework (2014, pp. 7-8), but standards exist.  Page cited the authority of both the official album and his own firsthand knowledge.  In other words he was promoting information literacy–rock style.


Association of College & Research Libraries (2014). Framework for information literacy for higher education: Revised draft.  Retrieved from

Page, J. (2014, May 28). Mes années Led Zeppelin [My Led Zeppelin years; Interview by Sacha Reins]. Paris Match, 3393, 26-27.