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The latest issue (#2/2023) of the Swedish Rock’n’Roll magazine has a 5-page feature on Ritchie Blackmore pre-Deep Purple. The issue can be ordered directly from the publisher, with fairly reasonable shipping rates, even overseas. Caveat: naturally, it’s all in Swedish.

Thanks to our editor emeritus Benny Holmström for the info.

6 Comments to “It’s only rock’n’roll”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Nice to see Ritchie play a PRS, fetching headwear too.

    I need to focus more …

  2. 2
    Gregster says:

    @1…Oh that’s Candice, Ritchie’s further along to the right in the B&W photograph…Regardless, it must be nice to be remembered & appreciated !

    Peace !

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    You’re of course right, Gregster, as always. It is Candice, I should have known. Ritchie’s ultimate path to her and all things Renaissance were obviously fore(moon)shadowed even in the innocent 60ies …


  4. 4
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Sort of related: I never knew Ritchie even registered with David Bowie!


    I knew that Bowie’s and early DP’s paths had crossed on festivals in the late 60ies/early 70ies and that Bowie plus Glenn Hughes had lived together in the mid-70ies with (never materialized) plans for Bowie to produce Glenn’s solo album (Bowie also recommended to Glenn to continue with Purple after Ritchie’s departure and look for a new lead guitarist, Tommy Bolin was probably to his liking).

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Interesting comment regarding Blackmore. I do remember Fripp talking about a few British guitarists 20 years ago, or thereabouts. He signalled out Robin Trower & said of Ritchie Blackmore, ‘an astonishing player’. From my memory of reading one of his online diaries I think. And that comment was about the very early days, possibly even back into the 1960’s. Cheers.

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    deepest70 says:

    Ritchie’s guitar playing was outstanding at the time, and his style was very evident on the first 3 Purple albums

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