Synopses & Reviews
It is now 35 years since Deep Purple first came together and today 14 musicians, 17 albums, and millions of record sales later the group remains a monster. Smoke on the Water is the first book in more than 20 years to tell the story of this remarkable band, from their grandiose inception in 1968 to the release of their latest album in 2003. Drawing from candid interviews with band members, associates, and fans alike, it traces the group through some of the most turbulent times that any band has survived, placing the bands own music in vivid context and illustrating just how profoundly this one group helped change the world.
"If you have any kind of rock 'n' roll reference library, chances are you own at least one book by Dave Thompson." (-The Paper)
From their grandiose inception in 1968 to the release of their latest album in 2003, this comprehensive look at Deep Purple's career paints a vivid portrait of the music scene that influenced the band and their effect on a generation of new musicians. Candid interviews with band members, friends, and fans trace the turbulent history of the band, including the acrimonious departures of legendary members Ian Gillian and Ritchie Blackmore and the death of guitarist Tommy Bolin. For die-hard fans and rock aficionados, this musical biography discloses insights into the staying power of this classic band.
The definitive, most comprehensive rock-bio of this hugely influential, veteran band.