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.
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.
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…