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New edition of Didi Zill’s photobook

Didi Zill Fotografien, 2nd edition; image courtesy of Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf

German publishers Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf have announced that a new edition of Didi Zill’s photobook will be published on October 1. The new edition will expand both on the photo material and written comments (caveat: all text is in German, at least that what was in the original). The book was originally published in 2003, is long out of print, and as wonderful as it is, was plagued with photo reproduction problems.

Photographer: Didi Zill
Title: Deep Purple Fotografien
Format: 500 pages | Hardback with dust jacket
ISBN: 978-3-89602-665-1
MSRP: €99.95
Date: October 1, 2013

Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the info.

22 Comments to “New edition of Didi Zill’s photobook”:

  1. 1
    Evelyne Chaprier says:

    j’ adore ,super photo. eve

  2. 2
    Alex Jes says:

    I need it !

  3. 3
    micke says:

    Now (What) the time is right for this one!

  4. 4
    Per says:

    Looks nice. Front cover is from the town hall square in Copenhagen, Feb/March 73. The show was great.

  5. 5
    Wiktor says:

    Sorry Per, the photo is NOT from 1973, its from1971-1972. Gillan and also Lord didnt look like that in 1973, and in no way would Gillan be that happy and Close to Blackmore. And the pullover that Gillans wearing, where have you seen that Before? Yes, during the making of Machine Head in 1971. And last but not least, Lord didnt have a goats beard in 1973, look at all photos from that time, but he did in 1971. Best wishes! Wiktor

  6. 6
    Henrik says:

    Deep Purple Mk II played Denmark, Copenhagen




    09 and 10/02-1973

    I live in Denmark and that frontpage photo is a typical february winter day, cold as hell, clear blue sky.

    Gillan sports hie beard which he had around that period.

    The photo is from 1973.

  7. 7
    Wiktor says:

    No! Gillan actually had a beard in 1971 for a short while, look at old photos from that time. Its 23/4-71. Lord didnt have a beard in 73. Sorry boys, but I was there when it happend so I guess I ought to know, to qoute an old Johnny Cash song. Long Live Rock´Roll!

  8. 8
    Henrik says:

    Gillan sports the same beard in Hofstra May 29 1973.

    It is from 1973.

    What do you mean “you were there”?

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    It is Lordy’s FIREBALL beard 🙂

  10. 10
    Eric says:

    Look at the bike: it Says Palace Hotel.

    Purple stayed in the Palace hotel in Rome 1971. On the cover of the bootleg of that show, Gillan is posing in a palace hotel uniform. So the pic is from 1971, shot in Rome.


  11. 11
    Wiktor says:

    Hey Henrik! Just like “purplepriest1965 says, look at Lords beard, its from 1971!!!! And Gillans hair was shorter in 1973! I saw them in 1973 and Lord didnt look like that neither did Gillan. And the Winther sweater Gillan is wearing, you find it inside Machine Head 1971. Accept facts brother!

  12. 12
    Henrik says:


    – Maybe Gillan had a haircut and Lord forgot to shave!

    The mere fact that Gillan is wearing the WINTER sweater from Montreux, December 1971, might clue you in on when the photo was taken. Glover is wearing a scarf and holding on to his hat, because it is windy.

    It is NOT springtime in Denmark. SO it is 1973. A typical frosty, windy day in February.

  13. 13
    henrik says:

    It is most definetely Copenhagen. Look to the right and you’ll notice a red column, which is in fact a huge thermometer. The buildings still stand there and the pavement is classic danish. Isn’t there a photo where Gillan sits in HC Andersen’s lap from the same town square?

  14. 14
    Per says:

    @ 13

    Yes the photo with Gillan and HCA is in circulation. I still think it’s 1973, but why don’t we ask for a comment from Mr. Zill himself – or one of the boys, RG??

  15. 15
    Lutz says:

    @ ALL

    1st – Didi Zill’s book has been postponed to 15 October 2013. If understand it right, it’s because they also add interviews and fotos of the current MK8 DP lineup.

    2nd – To end above discussion, scroll down attached link and take a look at the example pages of the book. The picture all of you discuss about is on a page with the title “1971 – Copenhagen, the scandinavian tour”. This should answer all questions.

    3rd – The link is in german and english.


    Greetings from Germany,


  16. 16
    Lutz says:

    Oooops! Sorry! Should say 15. November 2013

  17. 17
    Henrik says:

    – I stand corrected!

    Looking at the frontpage of the book and looking at the photo from the link given by Lutz, it is clear that some photoshopping has been made.

    The pic of the frontpage is very “frosty” giving the Purps a pinkish hue and a very cold look.

    I see from the tour list that they had played Stockholm the nite before, which may explain the warm clothes prefrred.

  18. 18
    Henrik says:

    Lutz provided a link.

    But are those really tthe only ohotos from MK 2, 3 and 4?

    If anyone has the 1. edition, could they please tell us which period is represented the most?

    The 70’s or thereafter?

  19. 19
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Funny in that picture to see Gillan sitting up close against Blackmore and wearing those goofy sunglasses Ritchie is wearing in the BN ‘Dancer and the Moon’ video 40 years later.


    Now if Ritchie would just find his pants…..


  20. 20
    Lutz says:

    @18 Henrik

    Henrik, I don’t know the 1. edition, nor have I seen it. But talking about approx. 450 pages with 600 photos, and knowing that Didi worked with DP since 1970, the last time in 2012 as he states in the interview, I believe that every lineup MK 2 through Mk 8 will be covered. It will surely, also count, how many photos he shot where, when and with whome. The sample pages in the provided link are probably only presented to give an idea of the book’s layout, to show how text and pictures are built up. I think there are going to be many more photos of all the different lineups.

    Greetings, Lutz

  21. 21
    Micke says:

    Just ordered this one, it’s going to be a nice addition to my collection.

  22. 22
    Hiza says:

    So, here´s another victim of circumstance : ). Couldn´t help myself! But hey! Santa is coming to town very soon! Someone has a bit to watch and read while on holiday… And what kind of pictures! Wow! Cheers to You all!

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