Indisputably one of Britain’s finest rock guitarists, Ritchie Blackmore’s playing was already turning heads back in the early sixties as a member of proto-metal madmen The Outlaws. However it was as a founding member of Deep Purple that his reputation was sealed, and his contributions to their albums from 1968 onwards remain influential to this day. He left the band in 1975 and then launched his own group Rainbow, where he proved himself all over again, with live shows of astounding dynamics which cemented the guitarist’s reputation. A decade later he was back with a reformed Deep Purple to show a new generation of rock fans just why he was so well regarded. Disillusioned by the scene, after briefly reactivating Rainbow Blackmore left the hard rock scene to mellow things out with Blackmore’s Night.
This book is an unashamed celebration of Ritchie Blackmore on-stage, with dozens of rare and previously unpublished photographs across four decades. Carefully chosen from archives around the world, and fully annotated (with contributions from fellow musicians) along with accompanying memorabilia, the book will be appreciated by Blackmore followers everywhere and everyone who saw Blackmore during his rock years.
The book’s presentation is large format, high quality printing on archival paper, to ensure the best possible reproduction for the material. The full details of the price and any special editions will be released later in the year, and you can join an exclusive mailing list to receive news on progress. This book is being sold via mail-order only and in a limited run. Publication is scheduled for 2015.
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