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Rainbow: A Visual Biography

Another “visual” book pre-order — Rainbow: A Visual Biography by renowned Blackmorologist Jerry Bloom. From 1975, through the eighties, re-activated in the nineties and a slight return in 2016-18, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow took its fans on numerous journeys from the grandiose beginnings with Ronnie James Dio to the chart busting times with Graham Bonnet and […]

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The visual history

[Updated Nov 28] Rufus Publications in the UK has announced that starting November 30th they are taking pre-orders for what appears to be an updated version of the fabled Illustrated Biography by Chris Charlesworth, long out of print.

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Jon Lord – A Visual Biography

A new book by Jerry Bloom is slated to be published by Wymer this September. It is called Jon Lord – A Visual Biography and will come in “regular” (ISBN 978-1-915246-12-7, MSRP £59.99) and “collector’s” (ISBN 978-1-915246-16-5, MSRP £79.99) editions. Both are advertised as hardback A4 (210 x 297 mm) at 224 pages. The collector’s […]

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A spiritual save

Roger Glover has contributed to a new book PRAVDAoNAZ: The Truth About Nazareth being prepared for publication by a Russian photographer and journalist Mikhail Vaneev. I’ll tell you something about Nazareth… they saved my life, maybe not literally, but spiritually. In June ’73, six months after we’d recorded Razamanaz, and after gruelling tours of Europe, […]

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Minds Behind the Music

Louder Sound has excerpts from an interview Ian Gillan did for a book called Minds Behind The Music. The book is a collection of interviews with prominent musicians, where they are asked about everything and anything but the music itself. What was the happiest day of your life and why? Nice timing, I’ve been scribbling […]

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Ritchie Blackmore through the viewfinder of Ross Halfin

Another very expensive book is being prepared for publication by Rufus — this one is on Ritchie Blackmore with pictures by Ross Halfin. This new book is an intimate portrait of Blackmore both on and off stage and captures the brilliance and madness of Rainbow during those years. Ross had unparalleled access for several years […]

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Fireball and S&M books

A couple of new books by Laura Shenton are due to be published by Wymer in September. These follow the “in-depth” album-by-album format pioneered in March with Stormbringer. Caveat emptor: previous output from this author drew, ahem, mixed reviews from our audience. Fireball What: Deep Purple Fireball In-depth by Laura Shenton When: September 24, 2021 […]

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Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography

Speaking of Ronnie James Dio, his semi-auto biography will come out on July 27, 2021, via Permuted Press. This is a book RJD started working on before his death, in collaboration with Mick Wall, who finished it after Ronnie’s passing. The promotional blurb reads: Prior to his tragic death in 2010, Ronnie James Dio had […]

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Stormbringer book to be published

A new book about Stormbringer is being prepared for publication in March 2021. The author of is Laura Shenton, whose Purple family credentials include a Cozy Powell biography and a Tommy Bolin one. The publisher’s blurb reads: In 1974, Stormbringer was a pivotal album for Deep Purple. The second one made by the Mk3 lineup […]

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An epic battle of snobbery vs. Dionysus

In case you have nothing better to do over the holidays, why not sit down and read a fictional story about Vladimir Nabokov encountering a certain band in Montreux in 1971. Nabokov vs Deep Purple is written by one Mark Rudolph, in a genre self described as a post postmodern humor. The story is written […]

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