John Paul Jones is no longer a director of one of Led Zeppelin’s music publishing companies, leaving Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as the only surviving band members on the company’s board.
A Companies House filing published on December 15 shows that a “John Baldwin,” Jones’ legal name, resigned as a director of Superhype Tapes on November 27.
Superhype Tapes is one of the main corporate entities for Led Zeppelin in the UK, controlling the band’s music publishing and owning the global trademarks for the band’s name.
The business was set up on October 22, 1968, weeks before the release of the band’s first album, and has for decades been used as a major part of Led Zeppelin’s corporate empire.
Jones had been a director of the company since 1992, company filings show.
A 2012 filing showed that Page owns 80% of the company, with Peter Grant’s children Warren and Helen Grant each owning 10%.
Jones’ decision to leave his role as a director at the company and to vacate his board seat means he no longer has a say over Superhype’s activities. It could signal that Jones no longer wishes to be involved in future decisions about Led Zeppelin’s music.
John Paul Jones has been reducing his corporate links to Led Zeppelin
Throughout 2021, Jones has been reducing the number of corporate links he has to Led Zeppelin, according to a review of Companies House filings carried out by LedZepNews.
Led Zeppelin’s longterm accountancy firm, Joan Hudson & Co, has looked after the band and its members’ financial affairs for decades. The link is so strong that Hudson was a guest of the band at the Kennedy Center Honors performance in 2012.
Tracy Jaggers, the chief executive of Joan Hudson & Co, is also close to Led Zeppelin’s surviving band members. She was named along with Hudson in the acknowledgements for Plant’s 2017 solo album “Carry Fire.”
However, earlier this year Jones changed the boards of his two personal music companies, removing Led Zeppelin’s accountants and replacing them with independent directors.
This isn’t a total break
But Jones hasn’t undergone a total corporate break from Led Zeppelin.
He’s still a director of Flames Of Albion Music, another publishing company used by the band, as well as the band’s merchandising business Mythgem and Three P Films, the company used for Led Zeppelin film releases such as “Celebration Day.”
And Jones is also still a director of Company 2018, the business set up in 2018 to look after Led Zeppelin’s mysterious exhibition project.
LedZepNews contacted Led Zeppelin’s record label as well as Jones’ official Facebook page to request comment for this article.