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A frustrated sitar player

Roger Glover enjoying Bluesfest; Ottawa, July 18 2015; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Roger Glover was profiled by the Outlook India magazine.

He was only 10 when he first heard rock music and it changed his life, says Deep Purple guitarist Roger Glover who went on to explore Indian music and even bought a sitar and tabla before he realised just how difficult they were to play.

The 78-year-old, amongst those behind all-time classics such as ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Highway Stars’, counts Indian music as one of the predominant influences in his life and said he was born at the right time to see the birth of rock and roll.

“It was brilliant. I never thought about it as any particular thing other than great fun. But as you get older, of course, you get immersed in world music and, of course, Indian music plays a big part,” the guitarist said, recounting the time he heard rock music for the first time.

Read more in the Outlook India.

5 Comments to “A frustrated sitar player”:

  1. 1
    Gregster says:


    I’m surprised that Ravi Shankar didn’t get a mention, since he was quite popular around the time DP was breaking-through in the 1970’s. Many people went to see this guy play & teach how to play the sitar & Indian music. Everyone from Pete Townshend to Lowell George were intrigued enough to spend time with Ravi.

    A good interview anyhow by Mr.Glover, & no doubt pleasing to the Indian audiences.

    Peace !

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Roger? Sitars? Tablas?

    You don’t say!


  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “no doubt pleasing to the Indian audiences …”

    Wasn’t the Bananas cover (shot by Bruce Payne btw) an attempt at that as well? :mrgreen: I always assumed that to be an Indian motif, the country is by now the vastly leading banana producer in the world (30.5 million tons annually), having left South American nations behind long ago.


  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    That would be the Glover hippy phase, all those sitars, tablas, incense & flowers in the hair. It is a wonder Percy wasn’t there? Cheers.

  5. 5
    Gregster says:


    Uwe said qt.”Wasn’t the Bananas cover (shot by Bruce Payne btw) an attempt at that as well” ?…(re- pleasing the Indian audiences)…

    Who knows ???…But it’s a solid album, & has a hilarious cover…I’m going back to the house of pain.

    Peace !

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