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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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We’re a rock and roll band

The second part of Jon Lord’s feature originally published in New Musical Express on March 13, 1971. Before then he had been proving the perfect interviewee by just talking, making good points, raising sensible arguments and leading me through his career very carefully. I asked him what method the group adopted when it came to […]

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Between snobbery and snobbery

Geir Myklebust continues doing God’s work with posting a New Musical Express feature on Jon Lord originally published on March 6, 1971. Here is how Jon describes the pivotal moment in his musical development: The group changed its name to the Art Woods and Jon bought a Hammond and became influenced by Graham Bond and […]

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They daren’t become complacent

My Things – Music history for those who are able to read is a music blog dedicated to reprinting articles from old music magazines and papers from the past 50 years or so. And there are quite a few Purple related ones. Take, for example, this report in Sounds, dated March 13, 1976 — from […]

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Bed and a book

Ian Gillan was interviewed by The Guardian. The interesting tidbits (among the old anecdotes previously seen elsewhere) are that he is in touch with Blackmore: Ritchie has nothing electronic in his house – no computers, no telephones, nothing like that. So he’s completely unreachable. But we do pass messages, and the atmosphere is quite good. […]

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Red, white, and blues

The August 2020 issue of the Japanese Burrn! magazine (the one that has an extensive feature on Deep Purple’s new album) actually has David Coverdale as the cover story. The 10-page interview inside promotes Whitesnake’s latest release — The Rock Album compilation. Our Japanese correspondent Akemi Ono translated the more interesting tidbits from the article […]

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Them decadent riffs

A few select reviews of Whoosh from the press we haven’t covered before. And if the album seemingly has split the fanbase down the middle, critics’ reaction has been pretty much overwhelmingly positive. Associated Press (and being AP, it’s been reprinted all over the place; no score given): Any ensemble still willing and able to […]

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To be a musician, not a rock star

Here is the third and the final installment of the interviews from the Japanese Burrn! magazine Deep Purple special, courtesy of Akemi Ono who graciously supplied us with the reverse translations. Roger Glover’s interview from the series can be found here and Ian Gillan’s here. Burrn! August 2020 edition Ian Paice Interview Ian Paice is […]

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A household name

PR people at Edel are certainly learning their upkeep this time around as Whoosh got a mention on CNN (watch inside)

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A songwriter that happens to play bass

Here is the second part of the interviews from the Japanese Burrn! magazine Deep Purple special, courtesy of Akemi Ono who graciously supplied us with the reverse translations. Burrn! August 2020 edition Roger Glover Interview Roger Glover considers himself very lucky. At a bass players conference, he said “If you want to move forward, find […]

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