You might be sayin', "What the... you've already written two Deep Purple
Sure have, and they've been sold mainly to folks on my happy little email
list, so with this one, I've made sure that the content was all fresh, all
280 pages, including all-new interview footage, all quotes from archival
press, all text, all… 542 pictures (more on that later).
280 stuffed pages offering an exhaustive and detailed timeline of Purple
milestones, often to the day, including some similar bands, influences,
cultural milieu, tour stuff, recording sessions, charts, singles,
certification news, break-ups, personal stuff, trivia for miles, and lots
and lots of artist quotes to add to the entries, turning the book into a
quasi-oral history but loaded with factual matter. But as you've noticed,
this is about FAMILY. So the text weaves, in and out of the story of
Purple proper, the dastardly diaries of Rainbow, Whitesnake, Ian Gillan
Band, Gillan, Paice Ashton Lord, all the solo projects, guest slots, even
Captain Beyond, Warhorse, Jerusalem, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bedlam, Elf,
Episode Six, Outlaws, and Pussy. And when I felt it mattered to the story,
there's touchdowns to the likes of Heep, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Nazareth,
Moxy, Silverhead, Hard Stuff, Trapeze, Lord Sutch, Warpig, Vanilla Fudge,
Brian Auger, Judas Priest, James Gang, Angel and Legs Diamond, always with
contextual explanation plus the odd rare and very cool archival
A blazing 542 of them, usually rare, archival, historical shots of record
ads, LP and 45 sleeves, tour posters and newspaper notices, ticket stubs,
endorsement ads, tour program covers, foreign country releases, and again,
contextual things like, say, an ancient Hammond or Marshall ad, studio
ads, weird business stuff... Seriously, the crazy, creative old '70s ads,
and the hype copy on them – that's why I wanted to do this book. It's a
gallery, flowed and framed by fully 41,000 words of beautifully displayed
timeline, which brings us to...
This book marks my first project with awesome Calgary-based designer Bill
Harris, and what he's created for the look of this thing is top-flight,
eminently readable, a pleasure to flip through and touch down upon the
trivia and the rare pictures from deep Deep history. You'll love it - a
huge step up for my books.
OK, the usual... books will be signed by me to you, so make clear if it's
a Christmas present or whatever! One drag, given its 280 page heft, this
doesn't fit through this plastic mylar thing at Canada Post and so the
shipping cost is way jacked for fellow Canucks - sorry.
This book is completely sold out!