We had a couple of meetings last week with Graham’s manager as the group are currently on tour in the UK, and finalised plans for the book editions. We will send out a newsletter next week to subscribers with all the details (you can get on the exclusive mailing list by visiting the book page on the site). I’ve never been to a rock show in Skegness before, and apparently it is 49 years since Graham last played there as a teenager! We then took in a more regular concert in Leeds, and watched the band sound-checking beforehand, where this picture was taken. There is a review of the shows and more pictures on the Deep Purple site here.
Classic Rock magazine gave us a nice plug for the forthcoming Graham Bonnet biography just before Christmas (you can see the article here on their website). The book was also trailed in the latest edition of Record Collector magazine. I’m not sure where they got their information from but it was mostly correct! Record Collector will be doing an interview with Graham when he is touring in the UK in February, and reviewing the book when it is out. For more on the book check the preview pages.
This upcoming title, which brings together the Deep Purple archives of noted Melody Maker photographer Barry Plummer, is now open to people to pre-order. The book is published by our large format imprint ST33Books and you can learn more about the title and see page spreads on the ST33Books website.
We’re pleased to say that pre-orders for the rock book Yes : Dialogue are now being taken. A definitive collection of rare interviews with almost every band member, along with hundreds of rare photographs, this title is published by our large format division, ST33Books. Check out Yes : Dialogue for more details.
A short promotional film showing off the first of the Very Alternative Guides.
The image above is from a specialist book we are publishing this month, and shows the testing of the page spreads to make sure they are all correct before it goes to the printer. You only need to get one page wrong and it throws everything else out! The book is on spinal cord injury, and has been written and designed by people with experience of the injury who wanted to see a book out there which helps people cope with the realities of their life changing experience, rather than a well meaning but dry technical guide. You can read more at the Alternative Guide page which links to their own site.
Happy to say the job of scanning Brian Smith’s negatives for the Boom Boom Blues photo book is at last complete. Brian has had most of his images scanned in the past but generally by high-street operators who didn’t really appreciate what they were doing. During work on the book, Brian collected together ALL his surviving negatives. We decided rather than just scan those earmarked for the book, we would do the LOT, and then they would be saved for posterity. The job was done in-house using a high-end Nikon negative scanner. Amazingly Nikon stopped making this expensive bit of kit a few years ago (apparently all the professionals who needed one had bought it, and sales stalled after that. We were lucky to get ours off a studio who had finished doing their own archives), and had stopped supporting the software for it even before that. For this reason the machine has to be hooked up to a vintage Macintosh which can still run this old software and is now being kept largely just for this task. Normally you pop in a strip of negatives, and leave it to work away. But Brian’s negatives were all done individually because of the poor light levels he had to work with back in the early Sixties which left some real underexposure problems on some. In a couple of cases really difficult negatives have been scanned twice at differing settings so we can combine elements. All this has taken a lot longer than anticipated and delayed the launch, but we can now crack on and finish the layout. And return the precious originals to Brian of course!
You can read more about the book, and sign up for newsletters, on the site. The really atmospheric photo above was taken by Brian of Willie Dixon during a show at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. The bit of kit on the left is the hulking great ABC TV camera. Copyright Brian Smith / Easy On The Eye Books