One of what was then the RBAS, or Ritchie Blackmore Appreciation
Society looks very primitive twenty five years on. It comprised
a typed A4 intro sheet (complete with zillions of errors), backed
with a couple of sides of news headed 'Over The Rainbow', including
a review of the first album from Rainbow by Ernie Tull (who
is still a DPAS member!) which mirrored our general disappointment
with the LP.
why did we do it? Well, there was a sort of Deep Purple newsletter
based near London, Blackmore had just struck out on his own
and I thought it would be a good way to keep in touch with fans,
adding to my own knowledge and passing info on, as well as widening
our collecting and trading scope. I'd already been doing some
simple discography sheets and family trees for fans (and if
Issue 1 looks primitive you should see these).
there always was something about printing which fascinated me!
At the time I was at Art College in Manchester (Ann was still
stuck at home with her parents) and the newsletter was paid
for out of my student grant with adverts for membership in Record
Mirror, Sounds etc. I marvel now that so many people coughed
up to subscribe.....