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The story of a doomed genius (we’ve heard before)

Classic Rock magazine has a feature on the brief life of Tommy Bolin. Albeit most of us know the story, it is well researched and well written, with plenty of quotes from the contemporaries. Having relocated to California, Bolin finally received what he had really wanted all along – the offer of a solo recording […]

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Lucifer, Isaac Asimov, and Ringo Starr

Classic Rock has an article on the intriguing story behind The Mule, with multiple quotes from the star of the hour himself — Paicey. As with the majority of compositions by the Mk II Purple line-up, The Mule is credited equally to the classic quintet of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and […]

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How In Rock was made

Louder Sound (née Classic Rock) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of In Rock by reprinting in fresh electrons a feature that first appeared in issue 83 of the magazine on the occasion of the album’s 35th. Heavy rock, hard rock, pomp rock, space rock, heavy metal – they’re all genres that today’s average music fan […]

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From Bosch to Marsden

Several new Purple related items appeared in European press. German magazine Mint dedicates no less than 40 pages to all things Purple in its May 2020 issue (#36). Among them: complete album guide; feature on Machine Head; Ian Gillan on Vanilla Fudge; Steve Morse on The Well-Tempered Synthesizer; Ian Paice on Gene Krupa; profile of […]

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Rick Wakeman remembers Jon Lord

Louder Sound (parent of Classic Rock magazine) has a brief interview with Rick Wakeman about his late great peer Jon Lord: Jon Lord is one of the greatest keyboard players there has ever been. He’s not really considered a prog rock musician, but he did things that nobody else did. When you look at early […]

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Magic as a concept album

Classic Rock has an interesting opinion piece on Gillan’s Magic album: Of the three major offshoots that emerged after the break-up of Deep Purple in 1976, Gillan (the band, not the man) was certainly the most musically daring. And Gillan’s most daring album just might be their last: 1982’s Magic. Yes, the keyboard-heavy record carries […]

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A pretty easy ride

In an interview published in the recent issue (February 2019, #258) of Classic Rock magazine Steve Morse is waxing philosophical about joining the band: How did it feel to step into Ritchie Blackmore’s shoes when you joined Deep Purple? By the time I got there the ice was sorta broken, because Ritchie had left the […]

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Classic Rock and Sweden Rock

Purple family was heavily featured in the June issue of Classic Rock Magazine, which hit the newsstands in the UK on May 1, and now starts appearing overseas. The issue includes 25 pages about Dio & Rainbow, Captain Beyond, David Coverdale & Whitesnake, Ian Gillan, Paice Ashton Lord, Butterfly Ball, Hughes/Thrall, Warhorse, Trapeze, Roger Glover, […]

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Saturating the print

German GoodTimes magazine has Mark 2 on the cover of the latest issue (2017/02), with two extensive features inside — one on the Mark 2: Der Bruch war die größte Schande des Rock’n’Roll! (The breakup was the biggest disgrace of Rock’n’Roll!) and another one on the current band: Angst vor dem “Das war’s!” (The fear […]

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Purple bonanza in Classic Rock magazine

April 2017 issue of the Classic Rock magazine (now on sale in the UK) has Deep Purple on the cover, a 10-page feature Love, Death, Age: Inside the Unstoppable Deep Purple inside, plus a 7/10 review of the new album inFinite, and four pages review of Glenn Hughes’ Islington gig from January 21 this year. […]

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