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.
There 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:
GERMAN EDITION flipbook:
The upcoming German edition of our popular Deep Purple title Wait For The Ricochet (see below) can be pre-ordered direct from the publisher’s on their site. Doing this helps everybody concerned from the writers to the distributors and helps stop Am*zon’s plan for world domination. The English edition can still be ordered direct from our shop.
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.
We have added a Flipbook preview of Fire In The Sky • Deep Purple’s Machine Head. This can be flicked through at :
It gives an idea of how the final book will look, although there will be text changes before this goes to press.
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…
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…