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.
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.
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…
Easy 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.
The 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.
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.