This interesting image turned up recently while we were working on the Deep Purple book all about their seminal Machine Head album. Anyone familiar with the lyrics “We all came down to Montreux” should realise that this is a contemporary shot of the famous Montreux Casino, which burnt down in December 1971 causing chaos in the town, near disaster for Frank Zappa and his audience, but did inspire one of the most famous rock songs of all time, Smoke On The Water.
Frustratingly for us the photo just misses off the actual venue itself, that large grey block on the far right of the scene. But it does have a lot of atmosphere, although I’m struggling to know where it was taken from, as it’s somewhere in the lake! Nothing now remains of the Casino complex, which was later redeveloped. More details of the Deep Purple book Fire In The Sky can be found on the site, and the text is now in the proof-reading stage.
Again our apologies for a rather quiet spell at Easy On The Eye Books, with yet more illness affecting senior staff. I guess the clue is in the word senior! As a result we’ve rejigged plans a little, and our next planned release now we’re running with the baton again will be the fabulous blues photograph book. This is not far from final proofing, but got held up again when photographer Brian Smith found yet more negatives while clearing out his garage a while ago. We have now scanned and cleaned this new batch of material and are sorting through, as some of the photographs deserve to go in the book. Brian had a few old prints of some of these but naturally we’ll be able to get much better reproduction from the negatives. Here is one of the new found frames (BEFORE being cleaned!), which was actually taken by one of Brian’s friends, and shows him with Bo Diddley backstage at (I think) the Twisted Wheel Club in Manchester. Bo is holding his trademark Gretsch ‘Jupiter Thunderbird’.