390 pages, hardback.
This new book
on Ritchie Blackmore comes without the approval or involvement
of the man himself. To work round this Jerry Bloom has tackled
relatives, people on the fringe, road crew and ex-band members.
The result is a lot of new material and detail, plus a solid telling
of the Blackmore story from his childhood onwards, over some 350
pages (+ the usual discography and picture section).
the main narrative, there is also a lot of colourful detail from
people on the scene covering various goings on which add spice
to the story and are the sort of tales fans (who, let's face it,
know the basic chronology well enough already) enjoy discovering.
The only real problem I must flag up is the dreadful quality of
the photo sections; I've not seen litho printing this bad in a
long time (which is a pity, as there are one or two rare early
shots). That said, this is primarily a text book and on that basis
I have little hesitation in recommending it to anyone with an
interest in the Man In Black.
The book can
be ordered via dpas