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Heads and tails

A vintage interview with Ian Gillan, originally printed in the December 26, 1970, issue of the New Musical Express. Snob groups make Ian purple with rage By Richard Green It becomes a bit strong when groups get so selective in their attitude towards work that they cut their dates down to one or two a […]

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Commie Fraulien

Another vintage article about Deep Purple, which originally appeared in the New Musical Express on December 12, 1970. It is based on interviews with the two Ians and tells the story of troublemakers in Germany, Aston, Gardner, Dyke and Lieber, Big Ian’s involvement with the Jesus Christ Superstar, and work on the upcoming album that […]

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Knitting battleships and dislike of France

[Updated Sep 23] Geir Myklebust specifically for the audience of our site reprints in his blog the questionnaires that members of Deep Purple Mark 2 have answered back in 1970. These originally appeared in the November 21, 1970 edition of the New Musical Express.

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Keeping Jon and Ritchie up to scratch

A vintage interview with Ian Gillan by Allan McDougall originally published in the New Musical Express on November 7, 1970. This was taken at the Olympia in Paris, where the band had played on November 1. Roger is a fantastic bass player. I talked to Ian Gillan about Roger and he agreed. “Yeah, he doesn’t […]

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Leaving them in a state of limp shock

This review of a Deep Purple performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May 25, 1970 had originally appeared in the New Musical Express on May 30 that year: WHEN Jimi Hendrix broke up his Experience and went back to America, a huge gap was left in Britain. On-stage excitement was hard to […]

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To soothe the savage breast

Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read has a new addition — a reprint of a contemporary review of the original Concerto performance that appeared in October 4, 1969, issue of the New Musical Express. “The gulf remains wide and unabridged.” “Pop and classics just don’t mix… so the pop group had its […]

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Laden with mystique and compulsion

A review of the Hallelujah single originally published in New Musical Express on August 2, 1969, was posted by Geir Myklebust in his blog Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read. Due to the brevity of the review, we take the liberty of reproducing it here in full. This is a review of […]

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Purple people eaters

This review by Peter Creascenti of Deep Purple Mark 4 gigs at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City in January 1976 has originally appeared in Sounds on February 14, 1976. DEEP PURPLE is a band beset by severe internal problems, problems that are now affecting their live performances and may ultimately destroy […]

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Stone cold crazy

Ritchie Blackmore is on the cover of Guitar Player magazine issue #704 (February 2021), with an article inside starting with a ’73 vintage photo spread on pages 38-39. He is also featured in the reader’s poll of the 40 greatest hard rock guitarists. The publisher does not appear to be selling individual issues, just subscriptions, […]

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Carthage to Stockholm

Don Airey has contributed his keyboard skills to a new single by Swedish musician Stefan Berggren. It is called Wild Flowers and is a preview for Stefan’s yet unnamed upcoming solo album. His previous album Stranger in a Strangeland, released in 2016, featured contributions from Bernie Marsden, Stephen Bentley-Klein, and Neil Murray, among others. Another […]

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