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Deep Purple - Nasty Piece Of Work (Paperback): Jerry Bloom Deep Purple - Nasty Piece Of Work (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom
R711 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R152 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the classic Deep Purple MKII line-up reformed in 1984 after an eleven year absence, it proved once again that this was the definitive Deep Purple and their reunion tour was a box office bonanza. Sadly by 1989 the friction between Blackmore and Gillan that had led to the spilt first time around did so again and Gillan was fired. With all eyes on the 25th anniversary of the band's 1968 inception, there was huge pressure, both from within and outside the band for Gillan to return to the fold so that the occasion could be celebrated in style. The critics said it wouldn't work - it did. And they said it wouldn't last... well they were certainly right about that! Upon Gillan's return in late 1992 they produced The Battle Rages On... album and then planned to embark on a world tour. However, the American shows were all cancelled, which left just Europe and Japan. Whilst the tensions within the band were greater than ever, Jon Lord went on to say, "the shows were done at an energy level and ability level I've rarely seen attained before. I think we played as well as we've ever played." Indeed, for those fortunate to witness the tour most fans shared Lord's opinion. Yet, the divisions between Blackmore and Gillan grew as the tour progressed with Blackmore calling a halt to proceedings before the Japanese leg could begin. In all there would be just thirty-seven shows - the last hurrah of the ultimate Deep Purple line-up. Author Jerry Bloom caught ten of the shows and was privy to some of the shenanigans that went on, making him the ideal person to document the last MKII tour in detail. Along with the comprehensive narrative, this beautifully designed book is crammed full of never before seen photos from the tour. It includes many shots of the band both on stage as well as back stage, in hotels, on aeroplanes and relaxing as the tour wound its way across Europe culminating in Blackmore's last show with the band in Finland on 17th November 1993.

Deep Purple Time To Kill (Hardcover): Jerry Bloom Deep Purple Time To Kill (Hardcover)
Jerry Bloom
R1,694 R1,266 Discovery Miles 12 660 Save R428 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Time To Kill, written by Deep Purple aficionado Jerry Bloom, focuses on the last tumultuous year for the classic MKII line-up. Upon Gillan's return in late 1992 they produced the appropriately named The Battle Rages On... album and then planned to embark on a world tour.Deep Purple MKII will always be revered as the classic Deep Purple line-up. Original members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord & Ian Paice, along with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, established Purple as one of the biggest bands in the world during their original tenure in 1969-73. When the line-up reformed in 1984, it proved once again that this was the definitive Deep Purple and their 1985 US tour was the second biggest grossing that year. Sadly by 1989 the friction between Blackmore and Gillan that had led to the split first time around did so again and Gillan was fired. With all eyes on the 25th anniversary of the band's inception, there was huge pressure both from within and outside of the band for Gillan to return to the fold so that the occasion could be celebrated in style. The critics said it wouldn't work - it did. And they said it wouldn't last... well they were certainly right about that! The American shows were all cancelled, which left just Europe and Japan. Whilst the tensions within the band were greater than ever, Jon Lord went on to say, "the shows were done at an energy level and ability level I've rarely seen attained before. I think we played as well as we've ever played." Indeed, for those fortunate to witness the tour most fans shared Lord's opinion. Yet, the divisions between Blackmore and Gillan grew as the tour progressed with Blackmore calling a halt to proceedings before the Japanese leg could begin. In all there would be just 37 shows - the last hurrah of the ultimate Deep Purple line-up. Time To Kill looks at the development of the album along with an in-depth look at the thirty-seven shows during this much overlooked period in the band's career. Time To Kill is written by Purple biographer Jerry Bloom, who has already written several books on the band as well as contributing sleeve notes to various officially released Deep Purple albums including Live in Europe 1993 - a 4 CD box set that he also initiated. Bloom caught ten of the thirty-seven shows and was privy to some of the shenanigans that went on, making him the ideal person to document the last MKII tour. Along with the detailed narrative of the year in question, this beautifully designed book is crammed full of never before seen photos from the tour. It includes many shots of the band both on stage as well as back stage, in hotels, on aeroplanes and enjoying some relaxation time as the tour wound its way across Europe culminating in Blackmore's last show with the band in Finland on 17th November 1993. As part of the commemoration, the book will be fittingly published on 17th November this year, 25 years to the day that MKII played it's last ever concert together. The definitive word on the last days of the definitive Deep Purple line-up. In a block foil buckram covered purple presentation box with a set of 6 prints. 500 only and signed by the author.

Ritchie Blackmore: A Life In Vision (Hardcover): Jerry Bloom Ritchie Blackmore: A Life In Vision (Hardcover)
Jerry Bloom
R1,694 R1,293 Discovery Miles 12 930 Save R401 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Deluxe photo book compiled by Blackmore biographer Jerry Bloom-the perfect companion to his 2006 biography Black Knight, as it portrays Blackmore's career with photos and memorabilia from 1958 to the present day. Not only does it feature a large selection of never seen before images but following years of research by Bloom, it also includes the most comprehensive gig list ever published of Blackmore's pre-Deep Purple career between 1958-67 with over 300 gigs detailed from his days with The Outlaws-backing Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis; with Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages; Neil Christian & The Crusaders; and even going back to his earliest bands such as The Vampires and The Condors. Augmented with memorabilia from the time, the book also plots Blackmore's career in photos, through Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore's Night along with narrative by Bloom that puts the visual elements in context. This is a limited edition of 1,000 copies worldwide in a bespoke, custom-made presentation box with a set of prints.

Bob Dylan's Picnic (Paperback): Jerry Bloom Bob Dylan's Picnic (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom
R697 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R153 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1978 esteemed concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith put on the single biggest, paid one day concert in UK history at the Blackbushe Aerodrome in Surrey with some estimates putting the audience figure at around 250,000. Goldsmith still considers it the high point of his career: "The best event I've been involved in was a performance from Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton at Blackbushe Aerodrome in 1978. It was amazing to see so many people come out to enjoy The Picnic. I think there was around 200,000 people. Even to this day, there's still a buzz about the event, which is extraordinary." Bob Dylan was experiencing a renewed commercial peak and had embarked upon a year-long world tour. The European leg included six nights at London's 17,000 capacity Earl's Court in early June that sold out in hours. Due to demand Goldsmith quickly organised the outdoor show that was dubbed The Picnic At Blackbushe which concluded the European leg of the tour. The line-up was augmented with Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and New Wave artist Graham Parker & The Rumour plus Lake and Merger. Demand was phenomenal and Dylan was reportedly paid a performance fee of one million. The largest for a single artist at that time and a staggering amount for 1978. With Dylan having not played the UK mainland for twelve years, his return to Britain was the event of the year. Anyone who was anyone made the effort to be there including New Wave artists such as John Cooper Clarke and members of the Clash and other musicians such as Ringo Starr and Barbara Dickson. Many other well-known celebrities of the day also made the trip to Blackbushe including comedian Billy Connolly, actress Jenny Agutter and Bianca Jagger. Now you can relive the magic of Blackbushe in this stupendous coffee table style deluxe book. Crammed full of previously unpublished, glorious colour photos of Dylan, Clapton, Armatrading and Parker; the book also covers each performance with memorabilia, stories, reviews, anecdotes and memories from the artists and audience alike.

The Road To Knebworth - The Return of Deep Purple (Paperback): Jerry Bloom The Road To Knebworth - The Return of Deep Purple (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom
R582 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Deep Purple's reunion in 1984 was a dream come true for its legions of fans: Particularly as it reunited the classic line-up that had split in 1973. Following the release of the comeback album Perfect Strangers they embarked on a nine-month world tour, kicking off in Australia in November `84 and working its way around the globe, taking in a huge tour in North America and Japan before the band reached Europe in June 1985. Purple played four sold out shows in Sweden, two large festivals in Germany, three gigs in France and many more around the continent. Yet in their homeland fans had to settle for just one open-air concert at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire on 22nd June. It was the wettest June day since records began but for the 75,000 who attended it was an experience to savour, with many too young to have seen Purple in the seventies, witnessing them for the first time. The Road To Knebworth is a celebration of that first year for the reunited band, and in particular that one and only UK concert with a huge number of previously unpublished photos of the event. According to Sounds photographer Tony Mottram who had braved the weather all day, prior to Purple taking the stage, they were all moved from the press pit. Fortunately it didn't deter the photographers too much and whilst some took photos from further back, Alan Perry had wormed his way into the front of the crowd to take his shots. Mick Gregory however was fortunate enough to be allowed to stand on Jon Lord's side of the stage and his photos offer a different perspective. The Road To Knebworth looks at the build up and the aftermath with the story told by Purple aficionado Jerry Bloom. Drawing on interviews and memories from the band and crew it also includes personal recollections from the photographers, the fans and much more.

The Road of Golden Dust - The Deep Purple Story 1968-76 (Paperback): Jerry Bloom The Road of Golden Dust - The Deep Purple Story 1968-76 (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom 1
R417 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive story of Deep Purple's golden years 1968-76, which saw the band come from nowhere to have a top 4 US hit with its debut single. Within two years the band was in the throes of potentially dissolving when the record company went into liquidation. Fortunately, focussing on their homeland in Britain they re-launched their career with the groundbreaking In Rock LP in 1970 - the platform that ensured by 1973 Deep Purple was the biggest selling album artists in America. Band break-ups and in-fighting continually rocked the boat before finally calling it a day in 1976 after a brief UK tour. The Road Of Golden Dust documents the ups and downs, drawing on the author's interviews with various band and road crew members including founding members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Nick Simper, as well as interviews with Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, roadie Ian Hansford, tour manager Colin Hart plus co-operation from the management company Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd, that all help to unveil some new stories that help to explain the whys and wherefores that shaped one of Britain's greatest and most influential rock bands of all time.

Deep Purple: A Matter of Fact (Paperback): Jerry Bloom Deep Purple: A Matter of Fact (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom 1
R433 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Matter Of Fact is the perfect companion to Deep Purple's music. Full of bizarre, obscure and amazing facts that have surrounded the band throughout its career of over forty years. If you have ever had disagreements with fellow fans about various facts or want to test the biggest fan on just how good their Deep Purple knowledge is, then this is the book for you. * How did Ian Paice and Rod Evans end up supporting Deep Purple? * Why did Ritchie Blackmore's country and western guitar playing save him from a beating? * Why did Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler review a Purple gig? * Who first recorded versions of several Deep Purple songs, complete with an orchestra? * Did Deep Purple's explosive performance at Plumpton really prevent Yes from performing? * Who did Deep Purple sue for selling bootlegs? * Which big rock star did the band get in a spat with at Knebworth? * Why did the Bee Gees receive Purple's lifetime achievement award? * What was Deep Purple's involvement with a film about a sixteenth century naval explorer that never got produced? * Why were some of Deep Purple's recent gigs illegal? The answers to all these questions, and many more amazing facts are revealed in this captivating book. Based on interviews with band and road crew members, contemporary press articles, and drawing on management files, A Matter Of Fact helps to clarify the truth behind several stories. It also dispels some untruths once and for all, as well a few previously un-revealed new stories that will appeal to even the most diehard fans.

Black Knight - Ritchie Blackmore (Paperback): Jerry Bloom Black Knight - Ritchie Blackmore (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom 2
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dubbed the 'man in black', guitarist Ritchie Blackmore found fame with Seventies rock giants Deep Purple, then walked away from them to create Rainbow, only to abandon them and form another band in 1997 - Blackmore's Night. Read how he handed in his resignation in the middle of Deep Purple's 25th anniversary tour - How during his career he became involved with Lord Sutch, Joe Meek, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Freddie Starr and Tom Jones - How his love/hate relationship with Deep Purple's lead singer Ian Gillan and his moodiness, antics on and off stage, reputation as a 'hire and fire' merchant - His three marriages, police chases, imprisonment and passion for football.

Deep Purple - Uncensored on the Record (Paperback): Jerry Bloom Deep Purple - Uncensored on the Record (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom
R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a comprehensive in-depth exploration of the career and work of one of the world's greatest hard rock bands. With the likes of Richie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and David Coverdale passing through their ranks, Deep Purple was always destined to produce extraordinary music - what was less predictable was in the incredible story of the band's formation, rise to fame and struggle to cope with the immense pressures of international superstardom. Jerry Bloom's sparkling narrative tells the story, warts and all, and it leads us through the band's history with its many and varied line-ups. A must have for any serious music fan; this completely independent critical review leaves no stone unturned as it explores the Deep Purple legend.

Deep Purple - Uncensored on the Record (Hardcover): Jerry Bloom Deep Purple - Uncensored on the Record (Hardcover)
Jerry Bloom
R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a comprehensive in-depth exploration of the career and work of one of the world's greatest hard rock bands. With the likes of Richie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and David Coverdale passing through their ranks, Deep Purple was always destined to produce extraordinary music - what was less predictable was in the incredible story of the band's formation, rise to fame and struggle to cope with the immense pressures of international superstardom. Jerry Bloom's sparkling narrative tells the story, warts and all, and it leads us through the band's history with its many and varied line-ups. A must have for any serious music fan; this completely independent critical review leaves no stone unturned as it explores the Deep Purple legend.

The More Black Than Purple Interviews (Paperback): Jerry Bloom The More Black Than Purple Interviews (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For more than ten years the Ritchie Blackmore magazine More Black than Purple has featured many interviews within its pages. First published in 2007, and now back in print, The More Black than Purple Interviews collects 12 of the best and most rivetting of these in to one book, featuring Don Airey, Ritchie Blackmore, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Mark Clarke, Bob Daisley, Glenn Hughes, John McCoy, Steve Morse & Cozy Powell. Edited and compiled by More Black than Purple editor Jerry Bloom, some of the interviews are bolstered with previously unpublished sections and 3 of the interviews are previously unpublished in their entirety. Each interview includes background information & amusing tales surrounding the stories behind them and the book is complimented with a selection of over 30 b/w photos, including many never before published. As Record Collector said when this was first published, "the three Blackmore interviews are the centrepiece, and surprisingly candid they are too. Other highlights include encounters with an otherworldly Glenn Hughes and the mischievous Cozy Powell. The charm of the book is that, in the informal world of the fanzine, the stars are often more forthcoming - and more three dimensional - than they might be in the contrived setting of a press conference. This, along with a witty, informative commentary, makes the collection a very nice piece of work indeed."

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