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1970 vintage Jon Lord interview

Rock Backpages have reprinted a vintage interview with Jon Lord, which originally appeared in the November 1970 issue of Beat Instrumental:

Do you believe in musical discipline?

Yes. You take the great symphony writers like Beethoven…they wrote within an incredibly strict framework…you know, it must have a first subject, a second subject, a dominant key…and it must have an exposition based around the theme — that’s just the first movement! But look what they produced…incredible music, through putting themselves into a restricted formula, and then expanding from there. It’s often like the restriction on a painter. A piece of canvas, some oils and a brush are his restrictions, and he works within those limits, and extends beyond them. Working against a restriction — for me — often produces greater things than getting rid of all boundaries. Free from jazz means absolutely nothing to me. Because there are no boundaries.

What is the guiding musical philosophy of Deep Purple?

We believe in experiment and excitement within the framework that we have set ourselves at this particular moment in time. That will change…we will extend, obviously. We’ll get older, get different influences; we’ve not reached a point where we are perfectly happy and contented to develop naturally. We were trying to develop un-naturally before. We would grasp all sorts of different ideas at once…like a child in a garden full of flowers: he wants them all at once. When Ian [Gillan] and Roger [Glover] joined, something very nice happened within the group.

Read more in Rock’s Backpages.

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7 Comments to “1970 vintage Jon Lord interview”:

  1. 1
    Moreblack says:

    Great.Bring more like this.

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    Dave Smale says:

    It will always be interesting to read some of Jon’s comments from years ago. Definitely more please!

  3. 3
    Roberto says:


    very interesting documentary….

    now could someone collect any comment from famous musicians about Lord’s departure?

  4. 4
    Roberto says:


    Here you can find some (yes, just some) of contributions in memory of Jon Lord…

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    These are interesting too…:





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    Bob says:

    Second last sentence, first question, Should that be “free form jazz”?

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    Jim Irons says:

    Fantastic. He was a true gentleman and one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of seeing. We will never see the likes of him again.
    Rest in peace dear Jon.

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