There is something fascinating about old newspaper archives and seeing how people got the news about important events. One of the avenues of research for the upcoming Machine Head book has been to see how they covered to story in the country, and this front page is from the Nouvelle Review. As this did not have a Sunday edition, the story is from the Monday after the fire (which happened 44 years ago today) and clearly it is still big news. But not too big to squeeze some of the weekend sports stories off the front page! (And a reminder too of issues closer to home, with a brief report of an explosion in a Belfast restaurant as events there began to worsen.) Coverage of the fire and the aftermath continued across page two and as late as May the following year the debate was still going on, and journalists were trying to get to the truth behind many of the rumours about the causes of the fire. Read more about the book on the publisher’s sitehe
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As well as the regular edition of the upcoming Deep Purple photo archive book, publishers ST33Books have just announced that there will be a limited edition signed by Ian Paice. You can read more about this (and see a photo of the signing) on the ST33Books site, or you can subscribe to the newsletter about the book for more details by clicking the button below. Ian did the signing the day before he was due to jet out for the current American tour. He checked out some of the book pages too and singled out the shot above as one he particularly liked; it was taken at the Rainbow Theatre on the final Mk 2 tour in the UK in early 1973.
It being that time of year (Christmas? No, much more important – the anniversary of the Machine Head sessions! 43 years ago this week) I’ve been reminded to mention the ‘looking back’ feature we did some time ago which some will have missed. A sort of glance at events day by day in December 1971. It’s been updated a little, we now know for example that Jon drove down in his E-Type Jag (nice), but fun to look through and think back.
We are working on the Machine Head book (Fire In The Sky), which will follow the In Rock title early in the new year. More details of that on the publisher’s website (where you can also join a newsletter service to keep up to date on progress). In connection with this, if there is anyone out there who knows people who worked at The Grand Hotel or the other venues the band used / stayed in, please try and put us in touch. If you worked for the Stones Mobile crew back then (in the office perhaps) we’d love to ask some questions. We have found a few people who went to the actual Zappa show too and witnessed the fire, but it would be interesting to get more reports.
A few days away from the laptop and we get back to find the site awash with speculation about our mystery guitar player from an earlier posting here. So without further ado…
David Coverdale was indeed in a band called The Skyliners from November 1968 for a few months (until they changed their name to The Government). The Skyliners we showed is a different (and older) outfit, which featured Graham Bonnet on guitar and vocals (and there were a number of people who did guess correctly), Bill Gardner on drums, Alan Vickers on brass, with band leader Peter Tomlinson on keyboards. Incredibly Graham was still at school when he joined them in 1963, and stayed with the outfit for around 18 months, playing hotels, clubs, Butlin’s, and coffee bars in Skegness and Lincolnshire. “We did all the songs you could imagine. ‘Take Five’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Go Away Little Girl’, Sinatra tunes, Tony Bennett etc. and all the awful pop tunes that were around at the time. It was all mum’s and dad’s type songs. Lots of instrumentals, Joe Loss type things and jazz stuff.” Graham finally moved on to form a more contemporary pop group in 1964. The Skyliner’s photo (check here if you missed it) came from the forthcoming Graham Bonnet Biography, written by Steve Wright – who used to run Graham’s fanzine Under The Bonnet which older DTB people will remember I’m sure. As Steve says, it is not intended to be a dirt digging exercise, he’s more interested in properly documenting Graham’s career, but the singer has been very open and honest about his ups and downs in the rock business in a series of interviews over the last few years. Due out towards the end of this year, I’ve really enjoyed reading the story as it does provide a real insight into Graham’s background and upbringing. It will be published by Easy On The Eye books, and you can read more on their website. Format will be similar to the recent Wait for The Ricochet title, with lots of memorabilia and pics, and there should be an opportunity to get a limited version signed by GB as well. The publishers have opened an information service for anyone who would like to be kept up to date and get early news of publication, and also allowed us to reprint their publicity information on DTB in the book section.
Thanks to Steve and Easy On The Eye Books for the advance information. Steve has collected a lot of material for the book but if any DTB people have photographs or memorabilia which might be suitable, send me an email and I’ll put you in touch.
Award yourself a house star if you know where that motto comes from…. Purple Records kicked off back in 1971 and like a lot of other slightly esoteric seventies labels has gained quite a following amongst collectors in recent years. Purple never quite managed to focus itself as much as labels like Vertigo, Charisma or Threshold, and lacked the determined resources of labels like Harvest, mostly because the people involved were always being kept busy looking after Deep Purple themselves. Nevertheless as well as being home to many Deep Purple albums and singles over the years (and the label design continues to appear on various reissues to this day, including this years record Day single), the label did handle a lot of interesting solo projects as well as offerings from musicians outside the immediate ‘family’. Buddy Bohn, Silverhead and Bullet rubbed shoulders with The Colditz Story, Yvonne Elliman and Curtiss Maldoon.
Rare record collector Neil Priddey has been working on a book detailing the story of the label and this is now nearing completion. He has spoken to a number of people behind the scenes as well as musicians on the label. The book will be illustrated with the covers of all the albums and a discography as well as the singles and rarities, press material and other memorabilia.
Label designs, inner sleeves and more are a feature of Neil’s work. His recent book on the Charisma ‘pink label’ albums has been nicely received (not least on Simon’s album sleeve blog) so we’re expecting good things from this follow up. More details will follow as and when along with publishing information and ordering details. Meanwhile if anyone out there has any rare items from the label’s history do please get in touch and I’ll pass your email along.
Here are a few rarities from the label’s history to be going on with: a German art sleeve for Bullet; a very strange 12″ featuring “long” disco versions of two tracks (both normal album cuts in fact); and an obscure edition of Rainbow’s first album on the Purple label.
[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.
The original news about this book on the DTB site is now a bit out of date, but can be read here.
Amazingly the guy who did the artwork job for Deep Purple In Rock has surfaced. Colin is 93 but still going strong, and his son got in touch with me recently following a feature which appeared on the ST33 album sleeve design blog. Colin also worked on a couple of the band’s other sleeves, via his friendship with manager John Coletta. Needless to say I have emailed him some questions via his son and hope to find out more soon. In the meantime, you can read the story of the In Rock design on ST33.
The Wait For The Ricochet book is now finally expected later this month.
is nearly over. Easy On The Eye have updated their site with news of the Wait For The Ricochet book, which has been delayed a little due to a few of technical glitches at the proofing stage. They are expecting delivery during late October (or possibly early November). The good news is that towards the end of the project the printers suggested the book could have extra pages due to the way they would be setting it up on the press, so it’s now even longer. Which means there was room after all for the story about our beloved ex-Labour PM ratting out fellow pupils for wagging off to see the band in 1970! And more photographs.
A big thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered, and who will get their copies straight off the press. DTB have just taken delivery of boxes of special packaging to make sure it arrives in pristine condition.
The book can still be pre-ordered (either via the publishers or DTB Online store).
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.
43 today! A forthcoming book which tells the story of one of rock’s greatest albums. Wherever you first came to be aware of Deep Purple, or indeed whenever, Deep Purple In Rock is the reason you were there (whether you knew it or not!). Everything came together for the group during the second half of 1969 and Wait For The Ricochet gives a narrative overview of events. From the auditioning of Gillan and Glover, the early productive rehearsals, the juggling of recording sessions and constant touring, and the amazing success which followed the release. It goes beyond that to look at the recording of the tracks, the inspiration behind them, and their legacy. Many of the key personnel have contributed, DTB have raided their archives for illustrative material, fans have provided rare ephemera and numerous photographers have licensed some great images. You may have seen some of the material before, you may have read bits of the story in the past, but this book brings it all together in context for the first time. The story runs up to the tail-end of 1970 amidst riots in Germany (and Scotland!) with the group topping the album charts abroad and achieving the sixth best selling album of the year in Britain. From Jon Lord’s mum defending her lad in the Melody Maker, to Roger Glover’s hints for dying crushed velvet trousers green. From the location of the gig where Gillan was auditioned, to the band out shopping for strobe lights. From the In Rock engineer’s matter of fact description of Ritchie recording the guitar solo for Child In Time, to Ian Gillan explaining the need for tight trousers to sing the vocals, it’s all here.
The book will be available through high-street book stores and indie record shops later in the year, but pre-ordering means it will arrive hot off the press many weeks early. And everyone who pre-orders before the book goes to press will have their name printed in the book’s credits to say thank-you for supporting the project. Pre-orders are best done through DTB Online store (the publishers have arranged an extra discount for DTB people).
You can read more on the site at the book section and see a couple of trial spreads. The book is illustrated throughout in full colour. Even for the b/w images!
ISBN : 978-0-9561439-6-9. The title is published by Easy On The Eye, whose first book last year got lots of acclaim across Europe for the high quality of the layout and content.