At long last our Deep Purple title Wait For The Ricochet is being reprinted and will be back in stock during May 2017 (production files are already with the printer.) The book is substantially as before, with just typos and other small text corrections being made. You can place a discounted pre-order now on our official shop (who will be able to supply it long before Am*z*n get their rapacious hands on it!) So if you were one of the lucky people who bought it first time around you do not need to upgrade (though if you want to we will offer you a special discount.)
Rather than plug the book ourselves, here are one-line comments from different journalists and readers of the original edition. You can read the reviews in full on the site. And if this gets you in the mood for the follow-up, the Machine Head book is on the way.
• You’ll come out of the other side of this entertaining read feeling as though there is nothing more to know about Purple’s pivotal album, such is the comprehensive and detailed breadth of material on offer.
• The book looks fantastic, chock full of rare photographs and memorabilia. It’s a joy to flick through and savour,
• I had to read it from beginning to end, couldn’t lay it aside. It’s an astonishing labour of love, so much detail and very well written.
• Simply fantastic piece of work
• A superb publication. Full of fascinating stuff;
• I was anticipating an informative read, but flipping heck, the detail and general level of love and almost but not quite reverence is to be praised.
• The attention to detail, background stories, interviews and archive photos in breathtaking.
• Flawless and immaculate
• This truly is a fantastic book.
• Hugely attractive just as an object!
• Monumental and stupendously detailed.
• Superbly illustrated.
It probably looks from the sometimes slow postings here that we’re not up to much, but truth is we’ve been astonishingly busy on projects for our other imprint, ST33Books. These are not available in stores, and are limited run large format titles. After numerous teething problems our first title on the rock band Yes (titled Yes : Dialogue) is now shipping and getting a fabulous response, see the comments below. Over half the run of 600 copies have been shipped since it came out three weeks ago. Nip over to the site and see what we’re up to. And that is indeed an exclusive to us Roger Dean piece of art which adorns the new cover.
Now that this is mostly off my desk top I can get back to preparing the next three Easy On The Eye titles (and a long awaited reprint.) for the presses.
IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Your team have really outdone themselves on the production; definitely worth the wait.
I just wanted to say how impressive it is!
Many congratulations to all concerned, this has clearly been a labour of love
A must have for any collector of Rock history and a must must must have for Yes fans!!
It’s a beautiful book. Oozes quality in all aspects.
The book is simply glorious, well done!
It really has been worth the wait to receive such a marvellous finished product.
We have now opened a subscription list for Go Home On A Postcard, the Story of Walking Pictures. By joining this you will be kept up to date in the run up to publication which is now scheduled for Spring 2017. There is also a site dedicated to these vintage street photographs where you can find out more.
The Graham Bonnet biography is in the final stages we’re glad to say. Simon was busy adding nifty design touches to the layout last week: “It’s nice to be able to add a bit of extra interest to the design. Until the other week we had to be careful as the content was still subject to change, but now it’s just about fixed, I can start to sharpen the pages up – indeed actually generate the left and right page numbering for the first time. This took two days to sort out, as I really wanted to have each new chapter start on a right-hand side. One feature of the Easy book is the mass of photos and memorabilia throughout, which does create extra problems trying to match them to the text, but I really dislike those biographies which just stuff the photos into a block.”
We had a meet up with Graham and his manager backstage at the show in Manchester last weekend (they both refer to the book as The Dead Sea Scrolls, it having taken a good bit longer to finish than expected!), and watched the soundcheck. Graham was also interviewed about the book and his new album by Jon Kirkman there. We will go live with pre-orders very soon, and details will be sent to subscribers to the newsletter first.
Had another very productive meeting with the author of the Graham Bonnet biography Steve Wright again last weekend and with the aid of squishy Club biscuits (new to me!) and baps from the local sandwich shop, we managed to get the final version of the book text sorted over a four hour stint, and all the odds and ends of scans which needed dropping in. I have now taken this version away and will do the final tidy up; things like balancing the text columns, finalising the captions, doing italics for all the quotes, clearing the rights on the last few photos, etc. So we are almost there at long last!
It’s been a while since our last update on the Graham Bonnet Biography. The artwork was all laid out but came in about 30 pages over the projected page count on which all the production costs are based. As the book has already been publicised we can’t change the price, and neither of us wanted to lose any of the images or text. So I spent some time juggling the typeface, trying different fonts but not reducing the font size. This looked like it would crack the issue, but threw out all the images from the right places, so there was nothing for it but to redo the layout to correct this. It proved very tricky in some chapters, so I met up with author Steve Wright last week and we did some of the really difficult sections together on the laptop and this work sorted the problem. Steve has done me a guide for the rest of the changes, and so we should be ready to proof it again next week.
Chatting last week – in broken French and English – with the owner of a small Italian restaurant in the Swiss town of Montreux, we explained that it was Deep Purple which had brought us there. He suddenly and unexpectedly went all misty eyed, and quietly proclaimed that Montreux was the band’s spiritual home. He may well have a point.
Work on our upcoming book about Machine Head – Fire In The Sky – is well advanced, but there remained a number of difficult to check facts surrounding the album recordings. So when Deep Purple were booked to headline the closing day of the 2016 Montreux Jazz festival, we decided to draw a number of threads together and plan a visit; to see the concert, check out all the sites associated with the album and arrange a visit to the Grand Hotel where the LP was cut.
Bassist Roger Glover was keen to see it again, and a number of people who were there at the time were invited, plus a few fans and important local worthies, and some of the residents of the building (now apartments) who had little idea of how famous the building was before the gathering.
Researcher Stephen Clare and myself met any number of interesting people and were able to nail a number of questions as well as uncover new stories and anecdotes. The trip was also to enable us to properly photograph the site, and the image above shows the exact corridor which Deep Purple sealed off and turned into their ‘studio’.
There have been a few changes; the end of the corridor is now walled off and become part of someone’s apartment, but they kindly let us in for a look as well.
One interesting outcome of all this is a plan to add a heritage plaque to the building, which has until now been hard for people to find and visit.
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The other photos show Stephen Clare (below right) discussing points with Roger Glover backstage after the show, and Simon (above right) alongside Roger Glover in the former foyer of The Grand Hotel where one of the crew there in 1971 recalls Ritchie disappearing into to record some of his solos.