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All Those Years Ago

Jon Lord's grave; photo Gareth thomas, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=93706897&PIpi=72129936

Rufus Stone, publisher of the Deep Purple at the California Jam, has announced plans to produce a photo book commemorating Jon Lord:

At Rufus Stone limited Editions we always wanted to produce a large format, mostly photographic book of Jon Lords incredible and respected career in the music industry.

Jon’s illness put this plan on hold but though he is no longer with us to contribute in person, it has been decided by Vicky Lord to produce a book, with the family, friends and musicians who worked with him through out his life, all contributing personal material and memories. The book is designed to be a massive photographic celebration of Jon’s life and work, and will contain much rare and personal material from his early days (before he became a professional musician), through the Artwoods, and of course Deep Purple and beyond. His time in PAL and Whitesnake are also covered, and naturally his many orchestral projects. Recently discovered images taken by Jon himself during his touring days in Deep Purple will also be included.

As well as the book, previously unreleased music from Jon is also being included, and one track in particular called All Those Years Ago has inspired the title of the project. More never before released music visuals and artifacts will be added to make this a true celebration of Jon Lord’s life.

Although some of the material sourced for the book will be from professional photographers, it is appreciated that fans may wish to contribute memorabilia or images taken over the years at concerts and we will be happy to look at any material. To do this, we have set up a special page on the website with details and conditions. People interested in the book and the project can keep up to date with email newsletters by subscribing here, and receive pre-publication information.

Details of the final format for the book will be announced before long. It is currently hoped to launch the title at the end of this year. Plans to have a blue heritage plaque unveiled on Jon’s family home in Leicester are well advanced.

Thnks to Gareth Thomas for the photo.

3 Comments to “All Those Years Ago”:

  1. 1
    macfan says:

    I love their books. This is going to be another hit. Looking forward to it.

  2. 2
    HardRockPete says:

    I miss Jon very much, but I know he’s in a good place now……Above and Beyond! Surrounded by friends, family, beauty and music!

  3. 3
    Mario Sérgio N. Vieira says:

    R.I.P. Jon

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