We all came down to Montreux

Chatting last week – in broken French and English – with the owner of a small Italian restaurant in the Swiss town of Montreux, we explained that it was Deep Purple which had brought us there. He suddenly and unexpectedly went all misty eyed, and quietly proclaimed that Montreux was the band’s spiritual home. He may well have a point.
Work on our upcoming book about Machine Head – Fire In The Sky – is well advanced, but there remained a number of difficult to check facts surrounding the album recordings. So when Deep Purple were booked to headline the closing day of the 2016 Montreux Jazz festival, we decided to draw a number of threads together and plan a visit; to see the concert, check out all the sites associated with the album and arrange a visit to the Grand Hotel where the LP was cut.

The corridor, Grand Hotel, Montreux, 2015

Bassist Roger Glover was keen to see it again, and a number of people who were there at the time were invited, plus a few fans and important local worthies, and some of the residents of the building (now apartments) who had little idea of how famous the building was before the gathering.
Researcher Stephen Clare and myself met any number of interesting people and were able to nail a number of questions as well as uncover new stories and anecdotes.  The trip was also to enable us to properly photograph the site, and the image above shows the exact corridor which Deep Purple sealed off and turned into their ‘studio’.
There have been a few changes; the end of the corridor is now walled off and become part of someone’s apartment, but they kindly let us in for a look as well.
One interesting outcome of all this is a plan to add a heritage plaque to the building, which has until now been hard for people to find and visit.
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Roger Glover, Simon Robinson, Grand Hotel Montreux, 2016

The other photos show Stephen Clare  (below right) discussing points with Roger Glover backstage after the show, and Simon (above right) alongside Roger Glover in the former foyer of The Grand Hotel where one of the crew there in 1971 recalls Ritchie disappearing into to record some of his solos.

Roger Glover and Stephen Clare, Montreux, 2016

Deep Purple Photo Archive

Deep-Purple-Cover-for-ekmThis upcoming title, which brings together the Deep Purple archives of noted Melody Maker photographer Barry Plummer,  is now open to people to pre-order. The book is published by our large format imprint ST33Books and you can learn more about the title and see page spreads on the ST33Books website.

Deep Purple having it large

Deep Purple live 1974Our large format imprint ST33 Books has just announced a series of four books from the archives of photographer Barry Plummer. Each will cover a single artist and or music theme, and the first is devoted to one of the seventies biggest bands Deep Purple.  You can read more about this and the photographer on ST33.

 

We all came down to Montreux

Deep Purple Smoke On The WaterThe second of our Deep Purple titles has been scheduled, and takes a detailed look at one of the most influential and best – selling rock albums of all time, Machine Head. DEEP PURPLE – FIRE IN THE SKY follows a similar format to our previous book on the group, and includes the story of SMOKE ON THE WATER, often voted the most famous rock riff of all time. You can read more about the book and see the cover on the site, and more details will follow. Publication is scheduled for early 2015. Our previous book on the band’s formation in 1969 has been remarkably well reviewed across the world, and you can read some of those reviews on the site.  This follow-up aims to reach the same high standard.

Wait (is over) For The Ricochet

Our latest title, Deep Purple – Wait For The Ricochet, is out this week. Copies are shipping from Jan 27th onwards to people who pre-ordered.  It can still be ordered via the Easy On The Eye online shop, and will be available to order through bookshops (quoting the ISBN) in a couple of weeks.