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Jon Lord photo book details released

February 21, 2014

Jon Lord limited edition book

[UPDATES] A number of copies will be auctioned during the evening of the memorial show. The Concerto DVD was filmed at Bucharest, November 5th 2009. The second half of the concert was released by mail order through his fan club, and was filmed by local TV.

As more than a few of you know (judging by my in-tray this morning!) the details of the forthcoming Jon Lord Photo Book are out, published by Rufus Stone (who did the well regarded California Jam book last year).
This new book has been produced with the full co-operation of many members of Jon Lord’s family, his brother setting the tone with an article and pictures about Jon’s early pre-Purple career. Many more friends and family have penned pieces, and from Deep Purple themselves there are moving words from Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ritchie Blackmore.
The photographic content is largely unseen material. I was lucky enough to be shown some of the early submissions from his family and frankly you’d have to be a hard hearted person not to be moved by some of the touching family photographs. There are plenty of top live shots, as well as some great semi-professional but perhaps even more fascinating and atmospheric snaps from fellow musicians, crew, etc. taken on the road (the spread in the promo shot shows some of these). It covers Jon’s entire career from The Artwoods on to his later post-Purple projects.
As well as a 220 page large format hand-bound hard-back book, the typically high quality RS package (which is strictly limited to 500 copies) includes unreleased video and audio material, in the form of a DVD of a previously unseen performance The Concerto filmed in 2009, and two unreleased tracks from his personal collection pressed as a very collectable ten inch vinyl disc (and on a memory stick for those people who don’t have a record deck!).
Remembering his old mate, Rick Wakeman has personally signed each copy. Unlike some RS titles, there will apparently be no other printed editions. As with all things this book comes at a price; £275. You can get a discount by ordering ahead of the official release date in April. The book will be launched officially at the memorial concert on April 4th but NOT available to buy there.
As someone put it to me today, the book isn’t cheap, but it’s still less than it’s going to cost to get to the show, and it will last for a lifetime.

RS have done a promo video for the book which you can see here.
The RS page all about the book and how to order is here.

The original news about this book on the DTB site is now a bit out of date, but can be read here.


Around the site this week

July 19, 2013

New on DTB over the past few days: Deep Purple current tour date list cancellation and corrections (, a review of the Purple show in Bonn the other night, with a set-list spoiler (three tracks off the new album) ( Roger didn’t make the show, so Nick Fyffe covered for him. Speculation about an operation was settled by Ian Gillan, who told everyone Roger was getting a brain-transplant! He was back for the following concert. There’s also a review of Blackmore’s Night on tour here a couple of weeks back ( Also details of a mad special edition of the new album, complete with badges, a tote bag and an embroidered framed piece of cover art (as well as the regular CD and DVD) AND a possible 4CD Rainbow history… There aredetails of an Ian Paice session from last year on the site which we’d missed. And don’t forget news of the upcoming Jon Lord photo biography.

Roberto Souza spotted the mention of the tribute to Jon and others at the Whitesnake shows on the site and kindly sent us this photograph which captures the moment.


All Those Years Ago

July 15, 2013

Jon Lord All Those Years Ago

That we’re all still discussing Jon Lord’s musical legacy a year on from his death is an indication of the man’s importance to so many Deep Purple fans. As well as reflecting on this it’s good on such an occasion to be able to mention a major new book celebrating Jon’s career. All Those Years Ago, a title inspired by an as yet unreleased composition Jon had been working on, looks set to be a fabulous collection of rare photographs and personal recollections, put together by the team who produced the California Jam book in 2012. Having already seen some of the material which has been unearthed, I can promise a fascinating collection of images.
With permission we have reprinted the press release from RS Limited Editions about the book on a new page, and links to their site where people can keep up to speed on the project by subscribing to a special mailing list.
With this, progress on a blue plaque for Jon’s childhood home, a vinyl edition of the 2012 Concerto, confirmation of the memorial concert for next year (all recently reported) and Paul Mann’s news that they are hoping to revisit the 1999 Concerto weekend and release the two shows in full, Jon Lord’s legacy looks to be in good hands.