Cal Jam book update

deep purple california jam speaker tower

Work on the California Jam book is nearly done, and having been invited down to the print facility last week and seen over half the book as proof pages I can say we were very impressed by the sheer variety of material as well as many of the incredible photographs, most of which have never been published before. What works for me is all the stuff you tend to forget about; shots of the stage going up, site plans, the huge crowds, helicopters landing the group members, etc. There is also loads of rare memorabilia; posters, press ads, tickets, passes, local news cuttings, reviews, tour schedules, and so on. Some rare rehearsal shots were found only two weeks ago and these show the band walking round the stage, muffled up against the cold, and checking the set-up. The guitar destruction scenes are intense, much more so somehow than the video. Up close you get to see everything that’s going on, with photographs from both the stage side, behind the guitar amps and out front. Extracts from letters detailing the camera damage and how this was sorted are also featured.
The publishers have now put some preview pages up on their site (although it should be noted these are earlier layouts and many have been altered since, but it gives you a flavour of the book). Follow the link here, but if you’re not used to ebook technology, then you need to hold the mouse down, and drag the pages across (the on-screen instruction confused me and others!). There will also be coverage in the pre-Christmas issue of Classic Rock magazine. Plans for the limited edition vinyl are also looking good. Rather than include the discs inside the book, the publishers are instead producing a hard back cased album which will sit alongside the book inside the slipcase. They have also gone the extra mile to ensure the vinyl is pressed in the UK. The discs will be in purple wax as well. The shot here will feature on the LP front, and shows just some of the speaker array on one one of the towers. Apparently the engineers measured levels of over 100dB a mile from the stage while they were checking it all out…

For earlier information on the book and ordering information check out the page on the site here.


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9 Responses to “Cal Jam book update”

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  3. Kenny Brown Says:

    Looking forward to receiving my signed copy. Had a note from the publishers saying there is a delay so won’t be getting this in time for christmas. They said they tried very hard to get the missing signature but as I replied “good luck with that” it turned out to be as I expected. Even impending death couldn’t stop Jon signing even though he was very ill and wouldn’t live to see the finished book. Shame on you Ritchie.

  4. Mårten Says:

    There should be an accompanying pen with each set (same sort that the other wrote with) for anyone who would want to track the fifth signature down …

  5. Horace Cordier Says:

    I have no problem with Ritchie not signing. Everything after Lord’s signature was just an amazing bonus.

  6. Ronnie Bellamy Says:

    Would love to have this, but alas it appears that I’m skint (thanks to the tumble dryer breaking for the final time and I had to give in and buy another!). I presume Ritchie decided not to join in with the other members and sign any copies, or did his mother-in-law / manager decide for him?

    • simon robinson Says:

      Tumble dryer? We just didn’t replace our thirty two year old (and second hand then!) one when it finally conked out last year. And when the clothes need washing, I just trundle down to the river with a bar of soap. I better not comment on the last sentence, and leave that delicate task to the publishers.

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