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In the Shadow of the Wizard

In The Shadow Of The Wizard by Jerry Bloom, cover art

A new book on the Rainbow by Jerry Bloom is going to be published by Wymer later this year.

In The Shadow Of The Wizard is a full colour, 224 page A4 hardback coffee table style book that comprehensively documents Rainbow’s first formative period. The recording of the first album, whilst Blackmore was still a member of Deep Purple; the first North American tour; the making of the seminal Rainbow Rising and the lengthy world tour that followed.

The reader is taken on a journey gig by gig by what is regarded as the classic Rainbow line-up of Blackmore, Dio, Powell, Bain and Carey.

Accompanied by photos, many previously unpublished; along with memorabilia and archive press cuttings. There is also an in-depth track by track look at the albums, and even a section detailing the short-lived Oyster Records, set up purely at Blackmore’s insistence.

The book also chronicles all the known recordings from the time, including full details of the many hours of rehearsal recordings made at Pirate Sound in California and a comprehensive guide to all the officially recorded live material, initially prepared for the On Stage album.

Pre-orders are now being accepted. The first 50 ordered will include a memorabilia pack comprising of facsimiles of original Rising and On Stage press packs as well as a replica Rising Australian tour programme. All those who order by 30th June will also get their name in the book on a dedicated fan page.

What: In The Shadow Of The Wizard – Rainbow 1975 to 1976
Author: Jerry Bloom
Format: full colour, 224 page A4 hardback book
When: September 4, 2020
Where: Wymer Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-912782-41-3
Price: £59.99



10 Comments to “In the Shadow of the Wizard”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    See how he flies, why he’s lighter than air!

  2. 2
    James Gemmell says:

    Someone out to make a buck, decades later.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    10 years since R J Dio passed from this world. Rest easy the Wizard. Still with us though, wonderful melodies & lyrics. Casting his spells. Brilliant.

  4. 4
    Rock Voorne says:

    A facsimile is a fax?

  5. 5
    Rock Voorne says:

    Ordered 3 books last night.

    This one, the Cozy Powell book, the Rainbow book Sensitive to Light .

    LETS DO SUSHI!!!!!

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Morewood Blackrich @1: Obviously not, as the end of the song revealed to us! ; – ) File under “epic fail” …

  7. 7
    Henrik H says:

    Great idea.
    However, change the cover.

  8. 8
    Buttockss says:

    Ten years already, can imagine the work that he would have made had he still be here. Solo stuff, Black Sabbath reunion, Elf, Rainbow reunion, etc.

  9. 9
    Robin says:

    #4 Rock Voorne says:

    “A facsimile is a fax?”

    Nope a facsimile is an exact copy of the original.

  10. 10
    allen alberg says:

    I would have liked it if it included the entire Dio era Rainbow with Daisley Stone, this lineup is just as classic as the one the book is about.

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