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More Crime in the press

Rolling Stone France #62-2021

Deep Purple are featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Hebdo in France, issue #62 dated November 26, 2021, with an interview inside. Naturally, it’s all in French.

Across the channel, there is also a Purple feature in the February 2022 issue of the MOJO magazine, the one with Neil Young on the cover:

DEEP PURPLE Gillan, Paice and Glover regroup for one more blag, 50 years since Machine Head. But what are their current feelings about Ritchie Blackmore? “He’s a quirky guy…”

The issue can be ordered from the Newsstand starting December 14.

Thanks to Yvonne for the heads up.

11 Comments to “More Crime in the press”:

  1. 1
    DeeperPurps says:

    Well now that is interesting – Rolling Stone Hebdo from France has chosen to feature Deep Purple on their cover: yet more than two, count ’em…two (2) full weeks since the release of album “Turning to Crime”, Rolling Stone USA is still mute about it.

    Am I surprised?….No, not in the least.

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    DeeperPurps @ 1- maybe Rolling Stone do not think the album is worth reviewing. Well that is one way to look at it or another way would be that the review they may give, is not worth reviewing. Something along those lines. Cheers.

  3. 3
    GAVIN MOFFAT says:

    Deep Purple are too musical for American rock taste, generally. Most don’t know what to make of a UK rock band from the late 60’s playing too many notes, impressing musicians (who are also fans) and still able to sell out arenas worldwide.
    What American band of Purple’s generation would put photos like that of themselves, on their 22nd studio album cover. They have a sense of humour. Just as well.

    Once heard a “top” American record company executive say on a “British Invasion” type music documentary (made around 2008). “Deep Purple … are they GREAT? … I don’t think so” .

    I though … Why the hell would anyone expect YOU to know. You’ve probably only heard Smoke on the water and likely talked over the rest of Machine Head when someone played you it … in the early 70’s.

  4. 4
    max says:

    I don’t know what’s wrong with those guys of the Rolling Stone team in France. Hell freezes over before the US-RS or the one over here in Germany would consider to put DP on the cover, let alone Coverdale or someone else from the familiy. Except they’d dress up like and wear a mask of Bowie, Dylan or at least Neil Young that is…

  5. 5
    DeeperPurps says:

    Gavin M. @3, yes you have hit the nail on the head. Rock music in the USA has become a very corporate pursuit. Radio stations, music labels, print journalism, etc have been bought up by large conglomerates. Playlists churn out the same warmed-up tunes in endless rotation under the guise of “classic rock” radio. Quasi-official, or self-appointed institutions such as the Grammys, the RRHOF, et al have their tentacles all over it too.

    Any music which might be remotely complex or challenging is not given full consideration. Rather, quick, immediately recognizable tunes and ditties are on offer. Of course, we can’t forget the giant hype machine that is poured, layered and slathered all over it too. Music in the states is like the fast food business. They keep serving up the same old slop quick and cheap. Forget anything a bit more sophisticated – the masses won’t want it, or so their thinking probably goes. As such, that is why only Smoke on the Water gets any air play….its an easy no brainer tune. Anything else by Purple gets mostly ignored.

    Such an approach over the past couple of generations has resulted in Deep Purple getting very little exposure in the states, and as such they are almost completely unknown except by loyal longtime fans who know better. Most unfortunate.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    DeeperPurps @ 5 – yes back then record company executives were musicians or ex musicians or inspired by music etc, full stop. NOT Lawyers or corporate so & so’s. When musicians were basically told to do what you do, not do what we tell you to do! The 70’s was the last of it in so many ways. I just travelled down that road again briefly to remember Isaac Hayes & Shaft, that primarily instrumental hit in 1971. Can you imagine that these days, NEVER. Also Focus with Hocus Pocus, a number 9 in the singles chart in the US, can you imagine that song (again mostly an instrumental) today, Ha Ha Ha! Those were the days of pure music ability in so many ways. Not, how do I look, is this what you want, etc etc! Video certainly did KILL the RADIO star. And then of course worse was to follow with everyone (well almost everyone) wanting their MTV. Cheers.

  7. 7
    Kidpurple says:

    Rolling Stone sucked back when Purple was outselling everyone- suck even more these days!

  8. 8
    DeeperPurps says:

    MacGregor @6. Those are two excellent examples of great musical pieces from the 1970’s that got airplay back in the day, but never would they ever get a fair hearing in any radio broadcast these days. I loved both those tunes, especially the theme from Shaft – I bought the movie soundtrack album back then based on that song alone. There is some good funk-rock music to be found throughout that record. In fact, some of that funky syncopated feel was evident in lots of Deep Purple Mark III’s playing a couple of years later, especially when Glenn Hughes locked in with Ian Paice on You Fool No One….especially in a live setting.

  9. 9
    stoffer says:

    #’s 5, 6, & 7 Nailed it!! US corporate radio is terrible, only exist to sell their brand, and the on-air personalities are worse. I can listen to a small independent station close by that is great but doesn’t have a strong signal 🙁 A few years ago when DP toured with Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter the morning people (can’t even call them DJ’s) were sort of reviewing the show and all she could talk about was how they were dressed and he could only complain that they didn’t play WFT!! I thought you never play it why should they! LOL As far as the Rolling Stone they’re much like SNL just keeping their base ( NY and LA) happy its only about making $$

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Stoffer @ 9. Yes indeed, it’s all about the money. Music for music’s sake, and music as an artform, are now distant considerations in today’s corporate rock world. Rollling Stone Magazine, SNL and the RRHOF all appear to possess a shared mindset and corporate direction with the big labels and the aural media….they have appointed themselves tastemakers. They determine who gets played, who gets exposure, who gets neglected. Deep Purple seemingly does not fit into the special bubble they have created….instead of exploring or revisiting that group, the industry simply chooses to mostly ignore them.

    It’s all one big corporate wankfest. Their clever algorithms and formulae have narrowed down the field to a few choice, chosen groups and tunes which are played over and over again to death, because somehow in their lofty wisdom, they have worked out what will sell fastest and best. And a whole advertising regime feeds the beast too, thus perpetuating the ignorance. A vicious cycle which is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.

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    Wormdp says:

    Sorry, I’m tired of this Ezrin produced music. It’s some old, same old. The one great thing DP used to do is change producers which changed the sound. To much of a comfort zone is the death to an artist. I just hope that Ezrin will allow some long instrumentals or 8min plus songs.

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