Glenn Hughes: the Autobiography: From Deep Purple to Black Country Communion

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(Book). Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Glenn Hughes is a living, breathing personification of British rock, and the arc of his career and attendant lifestyle make for a compelling story. Starting with the Midlands beat combo Finders Keepers in the 1960s, he formed acclaimed funk-rock band Trapeze in the early 70s before joining Deep Purple at their commercial peak. Flying the world in Starship 1, the band's own Boeing 720 jet, Hughes enthusiastically embraced the rock superstar's lifestyle while playing on three Purple albums, including the
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(Book). Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Glenn Hughes is a living, breathing personification of British rock, and the arc of his career and attendant lifestyle make for a compelling story. Starting with the Midlands beat combo Finders Keepers in the 1960s, he formed acclaimed funk-rock band Trapeze in the early 70s before joining Deep Purple at their commercial peak. Flying the world in Starship 1, the band's own Boeing 720 jet, Hughes enthusiastically embraced the rock superstar's lifestyle while playing on three Purple albums, including the classic Burn . When the band split in 1976 Hughes embarked on a breakneck run of solo albums, collaborations and even a brief, chaotic spell fronting Black Sabbath. All of this was accompanied by cocaine psychosis, crack addiction and other excesses, before Hughes survived a clean-up-or-die crisis, and embarked on a reinvigorated solo career enriched by a survivor's wisdom. In his autobiography, Hughes talks us through this whirlwind of a life with unflinching honesty and good humour, taking us right up to date with his triumphant re-emergence in current supergroup Black Country Communion. "I had a constant fascination with the darkside. It is another world, bordering on insanity, and demonic possession, or what I thought was my own soul-bending personal nirvana. Its good to be back in the middle of the boat, instead of hanging on for dear life in the last life boat." Glenn Hughes, April 2011
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  • ISBN-13: 9781906002923
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 592,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lars Ulrich of Metallica 17

Co-writer's note 19

Introduction 20

Chapter 1 I Was the Music My youth and early bands 23

Chapter 2 First Steps to Stardom Trapeze 31

Chapter 3 Man on Fire Joining Deep Purple and Recording Burn 44

Chapter 4 Clouds Gathering Stormbringer 61

Chapter 5 A New Era Come Taste The Band 76

Chapter 6 Death in the East Tragedy in Jakarta -and the end of Purple 98

Chapter 7 Heartbreak Vicky, Linda Blair.., and the return of Trapeze 119

Chapter 8 Losing my Way Tommy, Karen, and Gary Moore 133

Chapter 9 The Downward Spiral Hughes/Thrall, Gary Moore (reprise), and crack 145

Chapter 10 Rock Bottom Black days with Black Sabbath 163

Chapter 11 Turning the Corner Atlanta and Judas Priest 177

Chapter 12 Little Secret My relapse hell 188

Chapter 13 A New Dawn Sobriety at last 195

Chapter 14 Rebuilding the Machine Life reborn 212

Chapter 15 We're Just the Band Black Country Communion 229

Epilogue 239

Discography 241

Index 248

Acknowledgements 252

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Memoirs of a 70's Rock Legend

    I couldn't put this book down. It traces GH's early days through his personal narrative from Trapeze, Purple and on. It also details a career and life almost destroyed by addiction.
    Interesting read except for being somewhat sketchy about depth. While guitarist Tommy Bolin figured prominently in certain chapters, his life and death are almost written as footnotes.
    The same can be said of many other figures in the book including Richie Blackmore and the other members of Deep Purple. The over riding theme in the book becomes GH's cocaine and recovery, the book could've used more feelings and less 12 stepping.
    For another view of this era check out "Touched by Magic" by Greg Prado.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    great story

    Glenn Hughes is a great musician no doubt about it.
    the experience in what he went thru with drugs and the way he tells it
    gives you a first hand account . I could not put this book down....
    highly recommend it.

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