About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.

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We are pleased to announce that there will be a German language edition of our Deep Purple book Wait For The Ricochet available later in the year. This will be released by Hannibal Books in Germany in October 2018. The translation has been undertaken by Andreas Schiffmann, who has worked on other music titles in the past and is a big fan of Deep Purple’s music.

The book will be as close to the English language edition as possible, both in layout illustrations and content, but some small changes will be made to incorporate the translated text which takes up more room.

We will show spreads from the edition here soon, in the meantime the amended cover is attached.

The book will be available through the usual German outlets and we hope to be able to stock this edition through our online shop direct nearer the time. In the meantime the English second edition is still available and more details are on the site.

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Under Review

Reviews for the Graham Bonnet book The Story Behind The Shades continue to arrive, although the latest two are in German from Rock Hard Magazine and Rocks.

“Featuring uncountable never before seen photographs “The Story Behind The Shades”, the biography of one of the greatest living hard rock singers of all time, grabs the reader from the first to the very last page. Essential reading. 176 pages full of information. Author Steve Wright tells the story of ex Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet with total dedication, zeal and almost fanzine-like attention to detail…”

Still if you are better at languages than I ever was, you can read more (and of course the English language reviews!) on the review page. Thanks to Matthias Penzel for sending me the scan and John Tucker for the bit of translation.

Rocks Magazine Germany March 2018

Another preview

We have added a Flipbook preview of Fire In The Sky • Deep Purple’s Machine Head.  This can be flicked through at :

http://online.fliphtml5.com/msya/onod/

It gives an idea of how the final book will look, although there will be text changes before this goes to press.

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Blues book preview

We have added a Flipbook preview of Boom Boom, The Blues Photographs of Brian Smith.  This can be flicked through at :

http://online.fliphtml5.com/msya/onod/

It gives an idea of how the final book looks, although there may be text changes before this goes to press.

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editor’s hat

Posts have been a little quiet for a few weeks, that’s because Simon reports that he has been wearing his Editor’s Hat since Boxing Day, working on bringing the final text of the upcoming Machine Head book Fire In The Sky together. This was going well until Dropbox decided to stop supporting his Macbook operating and online editing facilities mid-January, which caused some hasty reorganising. But the bulk of this work is now done, and as he and Stephen chase down the few questions still to be answered, the next stage of gathering  images, choosing ephemera and memorabilia and takes over. So the book is on track for a late Spring release. Details of pre-orders will be sent to subscribers to our newsletter as soon as available.  No word yet on the total word count, but the final chapter alone (which charts the amazing story of the single Smoke On The Water) is 12,000+ words…

Coming soon!

Boom Boom Boom Boom, Rhythm & Blues Photographs of Brian SmithEasy On The Eye Books have been busy planning our schedule for 2018 and our next three releases are now being ‘sold in’ to book shops by our distributors.  The plan is to issue Boom Boom Boom Boom – The Blues Photos of Brian Smith first.  This title brings to print for the first time many of Brian’s wonderful photos taken mostly in Manchester in the early Sixties.  He was the official photographer for the pioneering fanzine R’n B Scene, and covered many visiting American blues artists such as Little Richard, Howling Wolf, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, John Lee Hooker and dozens more.  You can read more about the title on the site, and subscribe to a newsletter to get advance information when it goes to print. Brian also unwittingly covered the start of the Northern Soul scene at the famous Twisted Wheel club in Manchester, many of the acts being promoted by Roger Eagle.
Time and a Word, The Yes Interviews, Jon KirkmanThe next title is Yes – Time & A Word – The Interviews, a remarkable collection of interviews by DJ John Kirkman. Jon has spoken to almost every member of the band past and present, and together these interviews shed interesting light on the band’s history, how the musicians viewed their fellow musicians, the solo projects and much more.  The interviews have only been available before in a large format limited edition book sold only through mail-order, but will now be available in a more affordable edition on general sale.  The book will be illustrated throughout with photographs and memorabilia old and new.
Deep Purple Fire In The Sky, Machine Head and Smoke On The Water.Finally comes the much anticipated Deep Purple – Fire In The Sky, the Story of Machine Head and Smoke On The Water.  This follows our very popular Deep Purple book Wait For The Ricochet, now in it’s second edition. Fire In The Sky tackles the group’s most famous album in the same fascinating detail, looking at the build up to the album sessions in Montreux in late 1971, the astonishing trials and tribulations (and fires!) which beset the band once in Switzerland, and then the subsequent tours leading to the late release of Smoke On The Water. This became their most famous track, and helped propel the band to the top of the American charts, selling over 12 million copies.  As before the book is chock full of great photographs, rare memorabilia, a gig list and discography.

Actual release dates will be posted here as soon as we have them, and news of book previews and other promotional material will be sent to people who subscribe to the individual newsletters for each title.

 

Mastermind

We were very lucky to arrange an interview with bassist Roger Glover to pick his brains for our upcoming book on Deep Purple’s Machine Head album recently (Fire In The Sky.)  The band played a handful of British concerts during November, so me and Stephen Clare spoke to Roger at length at his hotel in Manchester (once we’d got past security – which was not for the group, but Manchester United, who use it as a staging post to collect players together prior to matches apparently!).

We did warn Roger that this was likely to be a fairly tightly focused chat, and for two hours he did his best to recall tiny details of the albums sessions for us under a John Humphrey style questioning.  This has given us a lot of new information and will help add extra details to the narrative.

I took along a little digital voice recorder which seemed to work fine, but when I opened the audio files on my computer was horrified to see they were all dated 2009, and assumed the worst.  Then I realised I didn’t have the recorder in 2009,  and had just neglected to set the machine’s auto file dating option!  The interview had come out OK, and while it won’t win any Sony Radio awards, is perfectly fine for what we need. We are working for a publication date in early 2018.

In the usual tradition of such meetings, I would post at least one photo of the interview, but were so wrapped up in it we neglected to take any, so I’ll add a shot of Roger during the show instead, courtesy of Vince Chong (the background is from the back projections used during the evening.) We did remember to get Roger to sign our copies of the previous Deep Purple book…

Roger Glover, Deep Purple, Manchester 2017.