About simon robinson

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

We all came down…

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.

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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.

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Bo Diddley…

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’.

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Online Shop

The Easy On The Eye Books online shop has been “parked” for a few days while we updated links across this site. These are all now working and have been tested. If you do encounter the “parked” error message when you reach the shop please let us know as it means I’ve missed one! And sorry, but the double Green Shield stamps offer is now closed…

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Book Of The Month

We were very chuffed to be given the ‘Book of The Month‘ choice in the respected German music monthly magazine Eclipsed’s February edition, for our German language edition of the Deep Purple in Rock biography.  It’s nice for us, but also for the translator, proof reader and people at Hannibal books who commissioned this edition. You can read the full review (sent to us by Luts Reinert who helped in the early stages of the production), one of a growing number, on the German reviews page.

German Edition out now

The German language edition of our popular Deep Purple book telling the story of the In Rock album and the events leading up to it is finally out.  What I assumed would be a relatively simple job of replacing the english text taking me a couple of weeks turned out into a mammoth three month job and a steep learning curve!  ItBut the end result does look very good and it seems to be getting well received in Germany. The book can be ordered direct from the publishers there, Hannibal Books, who have their own shop. It will not be available through us. A big thank you to our translator, the people at Hannibal, our proof reader and everyone at the printers. All are credited in the book.  There is a preview of the book on our flipbook page.

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Best laid plans

LCC ambulanceWe do apologise for the lack of updates lately; we’re only a small business and had some family health issues to deal with which have clobbered our publication plans this summer. However we’re now starting to pick up the pieces and pleased to announce that our German language Deep Purple edition is at the printers.  More to follow!

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Deep-Purple-In-Rock-German-salesThere are flipbook samples of the Deep Purple In Rock book on our library now. There are 20+ pages from the English edition, and 20+ different pages from the upcoming German edition, so you can get an idea of what the book looks like whatever the language!

 

ENGLISH EDITION flipbook:

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

GERMAN EDITION flipbook:

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