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Deep Purple fan clubs

Last update: November 4, 2002

There are many of them. Some of them are bigger than others, but almost all of them are fan-based rather than officially sanctioned.

What's the Deep Purple Appreciation Society?

The DPAS started out in 1975 as the "Ritchie Blackmore Appreciation Society", and is run by Simon Robinson, probably the person who knows most about the band. Their magazine, Darker than Blue, is essential for Purple fanatics.

You can join them online at https://secure.nildram.co.uk/cheesy/dpas/joindpas.pl, email them at mailto:alison@purplepeople.freeserve.co.uk, or send a letter to

DPAS membership
Aizlewood Mill
Nursery Street
Sheffield S3 8GG

Be sure to include *two* International Reply Coupons (IRC, bought at your local post office) with all correspondence (or if you are in the UK, just include a stamped self-addressed envelope (SSAE), naturally) so they can send a reply back to you. I'd add "Re: Deep Purple Appreciation Society" on the envelope, just to be sure your letter gets into the correct pile.

Their 24 hour Fax line is 0114 2823116, and their home page is http://www.deep-purple.net

Are there other fan clubs? Perhaps in my country? And perhaps one for my Favourite Purple Person?

[this section courtesy of Stathis Panagiotopoulos -- last updated November 4, 2002]

And the Address - DP Fan Club Poland
c/o Tomek Szmaijter & Roland Bury
PO Box 171
09-402 Plock 4
Publish "Purple World", a very nice glossy b/w fanzine in Polish.
The Aviator
c/o Andree Schneider
Huvenweg 13
57234 Wilnsdorf
website: www.the-aviator.de
Has stopped publishing fanzines, but their online resources are kept up to date.
Belgian DPFC
c/o Marc Brans
Postbus 21
3290 Diest
They have stopped producing the fanzine proper, but they do produce regular newsletters titled "Deep Purple Junior".
Clube Addictos A Deep Purple
Carlos Fernandez,
Rua Eugenio Arbones
14-4 oA (As Travesas)
36210 Vigo
e-mail: cadpurple@mixmail.com
Publishes "Hush", a 70-page xeroxed fanzine with supplement in English.
Deep Purple Fan Club Austria
c/o Gerald Kuss
Fischergasse 34
A-5020 Salzburg
Haven't heard any news for ages, please get in touch to confirm whether the club is still operative.
DPAS - Sweden
c/o Michael Eriksson,
Skolgatan 39B,
S-83145 Östersund,
e-mail: mikael.eriksson@mail.telitel.se
Publishes "Deep Purple Forever" a brilliant properly printed fanzine with 2-4 colour sides per issue, all in Swedish.
DPAS - Greece
P.O. Box 50322
Thessaloniki 54013
e-mail: span@the.forthnet.gr
Has temporarily ceased to exist, but it is promised that it will make its comeback soon.
Hard Road
c/o Hans van der Meiden
Branding 38
2201 WV - Noordwijk
The Netherlands
e-mail: hard.road@hetnet.nl
They publish a lovely, thick A5 fanzine approximately 3-4 times a year.
Made in Italy
Via Caraglio 41
10141 Torino,
website: www.deeppurple.blueage.it
New Italian fan club, publishes the 28-page magazine "Made in Italy".
Purple People of Argentina
Casilla de Correo 5300 (1000)
Correo Central
Buenos Aires
Purple Prose
David Peel
38 Pinedale Drive
South Hetton
Co.Durham DH6 2XG
e-mail: unabletocope@yahoo.co.uk
Another new effort, from Ireland this time; we haven't seen the fruit of David's efforts, but Simon assures us it is very nice.

Ian Gillan Fan Club
c/o Satomi Dairaku
6-16-7 Saihiro
Ichihara City
Chiba Prefecture
290-0022 Japan
e-mail: dai3@rb3.so-net.or.jp
Great Japanese-language fanzine, colour cover.
More Black Than Purple
Subscriptions from: CeeDee Mail Ltd
PO Box 14
IP14 4UD
tel: 01449 770138

Card hotline: 01449 770139
Fax: 01449 770133
email: jerry@mbtp.freeserve.co.uk
website: http://www.mbtp.freeserve.co.uk/

Editorial address: Jerry Bloom
PO Box 155
MK40 2YX
They publish the properly printed colour quarterly "More Black Than Purple", over 30 pages of all the Blackmore news fit to print.
Ritchie Blackmore Fan Club
P.O. Box 1538
Miller Place
NY 11764
They publish informative newsletters, compiled by Kris and Cathy.
Ritchie Blackmore Fan Club Germany
c/o Rainer & Susanne Güth
P.O. Box 35
37290 Meissner
e-mail: RitchieBlackmoresGermanyFanclub@flix.de
Tommy Bolin Archives
P.O. Box 11243
Colorado 80211
website: www.tbolin.com
Publishes "The Archival Record" newsletter.
Friends of Joe Lynn Turner
Lisa Steward
P.O. Box 14
Waterlooville Hants
e-mail: jltfcmngnt@aol.com
Publishes an excellent offset-printed A5 newsletter, "The Voice of Reason"
Under the Bonnet
c/o Steve Wright
4 Winton St
Huddersfield HD1 3SW
Graham Bonnet fan club, publishes "Under the Bonnet"

Any additions, corrections, comments e-mail: span@the.forthnet.gr

The clubs from countries not using the English language, naturally, publish their magazines or fanzines in their own language. Be sure to include an International Reply Coupon if you write for information. Some of the above clubs have not sent word of their activities recently, so please do drop us a note and tell us what you do and update us on any changes. Thanks!! Stathis.

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