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.

Shipping now

Wait for The Ricochet Deep Purple in RockAnyone who pre-ordered the reprint of Wait For The Ricochet will be getting their copy over the next few days, indeed a lot of people have already received it.  We will hold the special price for another fortnight.  The book will be available to order through book shops etc. but this will take a few weeks, so if you want to jump the queue (and stop online slavery) order through us.  For more on the book, read the post below.

The wait for the ricochet is over…

Deep Purple Wait For The Ricochet easy on the eye books

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.

ST33 Books

Yes Dialogue ST33 Books

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.
Perfect!
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.

Busy B

Graham Bonnet newsletters

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.

Bonnet update updated

Graham Bonnet official biography

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!

Bonnet update

Graham Bonnet biography Easy On The Eye booksIt’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.