Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story

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It is now 35 years since Deep Purple first came together and today — 14 musicians, 17 albums, and millions of record sales later — the group remains a monster. Smoke on the Water is the first book in more than 20 years to tell the story of this remarkable band, from their grandiose inception in 1968 to the release of their latest album in 2003. Drawing from candid interviews with band members, associates, and fans alike, it traces the group through some of the most turbulent times that any band has survived, ...
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It is now 35 years since Deep Purple first came together and today — 14 musicians, 17 albums, and millions of record sales later — the group remains a monster. Smoke on the Water is the first book in more than 20 years to tell the story of this remarkable band, from their grandiose inception in 1968 to the release of their latest album in 2003. Drawing from candid interviews with band members, associates, and fans alike, it traces the group through some of the most turbulent times that any band has survived, placing the band’s own music in vivid context and illustrating just how profoundly this one group helped change the world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781550226188
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 789,427
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    An unflinching look at one of metal's top bands

    This overview of one of metal's (i.e., heavy metal's) primary rock bands (though they didn't start that way) along with Black Sabbath and the rivalries with (and exchange of members, mostly singers) points to the many ups, downs, highs, lows, and other aspects of a band who will (unfortunately) be known for producing one of the top rock 'anthems' of all time 'Smoke On The Water'. It's unfortunate because they have produced a fine batch of other great songs, some (at least according to the critics and the band weren't so great, as well as some albums) not so great. As a long time fan, I have more objective perspective [sorry about the wording] about their music. I've enjoyed it. I would rather listen to the worst thing Deep Purple, or Black Sabbath, for that matter, than the 'best' thing put out by some of the so-called 'metal' bands that came after. Drugs, personalities/egos, particularly Blackmore and Gillan, who might not have stood each other well at times, but when it worked, it was 'magic'. This book truly provides and tries hard to present a balanced perspective (from all sides) opportunity to (if you'll pardon my using one of their album titles) 'come taste the band'.

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