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California Jam book announced

Deep Purple at the California Jam cover mock-up; image courtesy of Rufus Stone

British publisher Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced an upcoming Deep Purple at the California Jam book being prepared for publication some time autumn this year. The book will include hundreds of black and white and colour images, many of them previously unpublished, and a lengthy essay on the show, it’s build up and aftermath. The text will be supported by collection of rare memorabilia including internal documents, set-lists, passes, posters, tickets and even the repair bills for the TV camera. The book will be available in a 300 page 12″ by 12″ deluxe edition, with a more affordable version also being planned.

Book preparation has been coordinated by Darker Than Blue, so they have the inside scoop in Simon’s blog.

The publisher has also set up a website where one can register to receive updates by email.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

18 Comments to “California Jam book announced”:

  1. 1
    Mikael Sahlstrom says:

    This is fantastic, but the best news of this year is that Jon Lord seems to getting better. I hope that this damned decease will vanish from humanity. I sincerely wish from the deep of my heart that Jon gets out of this condition without any means. Mikael Sahlstrom

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    One of the greatest live performances ever filmed, period! Powerful, Purple in their prime, superb Hammond & Stratocaster sounds, Blackmore at his menacing best, excellent Ian Paice footage & the unforgettable Space Truckin’ demolition!
    I watched the Phoenix Rising dvd on the weekend & it has interesting Jon Lord interviews, including mention of this concert performance & some of the controversy that occurred! Brilliant!

  3. 3
    LRT says:

    Seriously groovey!

  4. 4
    stefan says:

    I want it…..!!!

  5. 5
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    I remember as though it was yesterday, sitting in front of a friend of mines parents 25″ Color TV, watching this monumental event as it was broadcast live. By the time this happened, I was a full bore Purple fan, but quite disappointed at Gillan and Glover being gone from the band. Though I had finally gotten used to the new line-up and began truly enjoying the ‘BURN’ album (8-Track actually), once they began performing the MK2 songs: ‘SOTW, Space Truckin’ and Highway Star’, I was taken aback to my utter disappointment of the MK2 demise. It was clear to me that this line-up truly could only do THEIR songs justice while vocally butchering the MK2 material. Though I do love different renditions of songs whereby different artists perform them and make them their own, the MK3 (and MK4) performances of the MK2 material ‘live’ vocally NEVER worked for me. Instrumentally they were on fire, but they were never able to sing those songs in a way that complemented the Band….

    That being stated, this book though is a great idea and will be purchased and fit well into my collection of ‘All Things Purple’. I look forward to this.


  6. 6
    Wiktor says:

    Purple in their PRIME? What? Ever heard a live album called “Made in Japan?” There, in 1972, we can talk about a band in their “prime”.
    Gillan at his best, Blackmore at his best, Jon Lord at his best and Glover and Paice never been better, and the best thing of all; NO stupid Glenn Hughes with his silly voice!!

  7. 7
    Roberto says:

    MK3 always been wonderful live! just different but as superb as MK2 in it’s own way…! and the California video is the reason why I play drums…

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    Wiktor@ 6 : How long have you been listening to Made In Japan for? Me, the last 40 years app, what is your interpretation on prime is your decision, as is it mine! There were in my opinion & in many other Purple aficionado’s I know, 3 prime time in the bands history, 1971 to 1973, 1974 to 1975 & 1984 to 1985! California Jam is cranking big time! A band when in it’s prime is when it is on a high, new material, maintains it’s original core members & there is no crap between members etc! History has shown this many a time with many a band! Burn, is simply one of the classic Purple albums! This gig shows it! Yes, I agree with the Hughes screaming vocal comment, I should say Glenn (me. myself & I) Hughes! But he wasn’t totally out of control at that time, & he is a fine bass player & much more interesting than Glover in my opinion, as a bass guitar player!

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Tracey @5 : I agree totally with the vocal comments, we get used to the original vocal melodies big time & when we hear some one else singing the original songs, it seems strange indeed, almost a shock in some ways! I experienced this personally with the Black Sabbath Heaven & Hell tour of 1980! When Dio, God bless him, sang War Pigs etc, it seemed wrong in some ways, but he was on a hiding to nothing having to sing those early Sabbath songs, and he had to do it at that time! No doubt he would have preferred not too!
    It was so much better in 2007 witnessing ‘Heaven & Hell’ live without the Ozzy material. Sure, by this time they had 3 albums & a few new songs to pull from, but it was great to hear that lineup, playing only that lineups material, & it is second to none!

    But this also applies in my opinion to guitarist’s! Purple without Blackmore, just doesn’t work for me & others I know. I am a big Steve Morse fan, Dregs & his solo band material, but not so much in Purple. Same with Bolin in 1976, not the go for me! Purpendicular is good in places. An original guitarist is just as important in my book as the original or main vocalist! Here is another example, look at Yes’ in the 1980’s with Trevor Rabin.
    Fine with the material they recorded with that lineup, but not so good trying to play Steve Howe’s 70’s classic Yes’ songs!
    A bit like Ian Anderson playing ‘Thick As A Brick” with a different guitarist than Martin Barre, but life has to go on for a while I suppose! Each to their own! Cheers.

  10. 10
    Henrik says:

    Yes, we need

    1) A book on Made in Japan

    2) A documentary on Made in Japan

    3) The TV-show Purple did in Japan from 1972.

  11. 11
    Purple Sitner says:

    I agree with Tracy and Wiktor…I really dig MK II doing their stuff as well as MK III performing their classics…most likely that was the reason why Gillan has never sung a MK III tune…as far as I remember…it just wouldn’t have sounded well…and the cooperation between Coverdale and Hughes on SOTW has always been sort of ridiculous to me…trying to do something different doesn’t necessarily mean to create something beautiful…although…tastes differ and this is just my opinion…I am looking forward to buying a new record…hopefully it comes out soon…all the best from Austria and keep on rocking….

  12. 12
    George Martin says:

    I always said the California Jam happened one year to late. Could you imagine the Made In Japan setlist with Gillan and Glover. Now there would be the ultimate dvd. Still love the Burn album but I always hated it when Mk3 sang Mk2 songs. They just did not sound right.

  13. 13
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    MacGregor @9;

    My point wasn’t the fact that MK3 didn’t sound like the original. I actually love different interpretations of songs from different artists. It’s the way MK3 ‘singers’ approached the MK2 songs period. It was terrible. I am not looking at it from a duplicate factor but from a good sounding factor. They totally butchered those songs. I would have loved them ‘making those songs their own’ as they say, but the way they did it was worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Glenn Hughes on his own, with a subdued approach to the over indulgence on his shrieking would have been a good approach. He would and could have done the songs some justice, but the collaboration between the 2 and each doing his own thing just didn’t work and it was mostly painful….


  14. 14
    LRT says:

    @12 -food for much thought, people.

  15. 15
    LRT says:

    @Henrik -care to share the facts concerning that Japan TV show? The footage we’ve seen wasn’t aired on any TV show as far as I know, it was private shot, and from the looks of it I believe that much to be true anyway. But I’m all ears/eyes on the facts.

  16. 16
    Nigel Young says:

    @LRT: During the 1972 Japanese tour, DP were filmed by channel NHK at their studios in Tokyo for the ‘Young Music Show’.

  17. 17
    Not Responsible says:

    I agree with Zero. Mark III vocal performances of Mark II classics such as Smoke on the Water were cringeworthy. I also didn’t like that they lopped off the third verse of the song. Made in Europe was excellent because it featured only Mark III songs and the blistering performances were first-rate.

  18. 18
    Manos says:

    It was obvious in 1974 that Blackmore was the only musician leading forward at the time. His playing was getting better (he is playing arpeggios, he is faster and cleaner etc).
    Hughes at the time wanted to take the band to a funk direction which Blackmore hated and left. It is an irony because today Hughes makes his living playing heavy rock not funk. But at the time he was a pain in the ass always killing song structure.
    Mark II songs are not operable because of the funk element and a peculiar antagonism between Coverdale and Hughes and who sings in a higher tone. In 1975 you can hear it in every live recording, song structure is completely gone.
    If only Hughes had the brains he has now (he is more talented than Glover) and Coverdale had more experience (he is a better song writer than Gillan).

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