Blues Boom

An early heads up on a work in progress, this visually fascinating collection of rare blues photographs taken in Manchester and area in the early sixties, capturing many visiting American Blues giants on stage and in more candid moments. Boom Boom Boom Boom is due later in 2014, and you can read more on the site.

Brian Smith American Blues photographs 1960sBo Diddley Manchester Boom Boom Easy On The Eye Books

Wait (is over) For The Ricochet

Our latest title, Deep Purple – Wait For The Ricochet, is out this week. Copies are shipping from Jan 27th onwards to people who pre-ordered.  It can still be ordered via the Easy On The Eye online shop, and will be available to order through bookshops (quoting the ISBN) in a couple of weeks.

Ricochet nearly there

Wait for The Ricochet Deep Purple in Rock

UPDATE: Pre-ordered copies will by signed by both authors. The book has been extended with extra pages, text and photographs.

Wait For The Ricochet is nearly there. Last minute technical issues have abounded, not the least of which have been loss of any practical broadband for a few weeks (now happily back up to and beyond our previous speed thanks to the BT engineer). We are using a different print house to our last book, which delayed getting the colour profiles right, and then one of our monitors went into reverse! Easy On The Eye are all Mac based, and to help in the final stages of a book, use a split screen dual monitor set up to give a much bigger ‘desktop’.  We were half way through proofing when for some reason the second screen appeared in reverse one day when switched on!  Burrowing through the Mac helpdesk revealed that this is actually an option (though I struggle to see what use it might be) and could be triggered using a keyboard shortcut.  However, nothing covered the scenario of one screen reading correctly, but the second screen reversing out. Recalling happy hours watching The IT Crowd I did the ‘turn it off and on again’ a few times but it came back on with the same issue. After a couple of days messing about, trying to avoid expensive call out charges, I spoke to the company who normally sort things for me.  They suggested taking all the leads apart, hooking the ‘wrong’ monitor up to it’s original Mac and resetting it there, which I did. It worked fine, so it was then a case of dismantling that set-up and reattaching it to the split screen leads and powering everything up again. Bingo. So now it’s full steam ahead to catch up. The extra bonus of this delay is that our new printers have said we can add a few more pages to the layout so I have been able to squeeze in more pictures.  Thanks to everyone for being patient.

Rock book

Our next completed title will be at the printers shortly. Mindful of the issues caused by announcing some of previous books too early and then hitting snags, we have waited until this one is almost there before making a firm announcement. This book covers an eighteen month period in the history of one of Britain’s biggest rock groups, Deep Purple. Having fired two of their founder members in mid-1969, and almost broke due to the collapse of their American record label, the band set about forging a new line-up, stage set and album.
When Deep Purple In Rock appeared almost exactly a year later, it exceeded all expectations, and stayed in the British album charts for over twelve months. Alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple are one of the founding trio of British hard rock. This book helps explain why. You can see the cover and read more at the forthcoming page.
Easy On The Eye have tried to steer clear of the normal trade hardback approach to rock histories (which invariably squeeze a few pages of badly laid out photos in the middle of the text), and instead gone for a well designed, fully illustrated book with photos and memorabilia on almost every page. Publication is timely as 2013 sees the band’s 45th anniversary, with a new studio album (their first in eight years), glowing reviews and live shows due.

Deep Purple In Rock

Coffee table titles

There are only so many hours in a day and easy on the eye have been deeply involved in a number of music related coffee table books over the past twelve months. These are being released by RS Publishing. There have been titles on Deep Purple (documenting a famous festival appearance in America back in 1974), with books on Yes due in a few weeks and others to follow. The books are of an amazing quality, printed and hand-bound in the UK, in large format, and produced to very limited numbers. As you might expect they make huge demands on the producers, and the Deep Purple one alone took months of design work (not to mention talking to photographers, scanning and retouching work). Needless to say this has slowed production of our own projects some, although work has been going on and all being well we will be announcing our next available titles in the next two months. We will be working with RS on future projects. In the meantime, here are a few spreads from the Deep Purple book and you can find out more at the publishers own web site.These titles are not available in shops but only through them.