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

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


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Glenn Hughes The Autobiography: From Deep Purple to Black Country Communion by Glenn Hughes

(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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906002923
Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 459,733
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Glenn Hughes is a true original whose music blends hard rock, soul, and funk. Once described by Stevie Wonder as his favourite white singer, he achieved international fame with Deep Purple, and has since collaborated with artists including Tony Iommi, The KLF, and members of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He formed his new group, Black Country Communion, in 2010.

Joel McIver is the bestselling author of Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica which has been translated into 9 languages. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, and he is the occasional guest on BBC. He is currently the editor of Bass Guitar magazine. Classic Rock magazine has called him "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author." He wrote the official biography of the world's biggest death metal band, Cannibal Corpse and co-wrote Megadeath's bio from bass player David Ellefson.

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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