The Deep Purple Diary 1968 - 1976
Nigel Young's epic book documenting Deep Purple's live gigs from
their formation in 1968 to the final shows in 1976 is still "on the
go". The big problem has been the sheer size of the tome, and the
latest plan to get around this is to do it in two matching volumes.
This way the space needed to do the research justice can be found
without compromising. I appreciate that the delays have been
frustrating and I'm twisting Nigel's arm hard to get at least Volume
One to press this year.
If you're not familiar with the contents, read on...
At its most basic, the book lists the band's gigs in chronological
order. There are dates, venues and support bands where known.
of the gigs are included where these exist, sourced from newspapers
or the recollections of people who were there.
Where tickets, press adverts or posters survive, scans are included.
Linking all this is a chronological narrative, which fills in details
of recording sessions, release dates, solo work, rehearsals and any
other notable activities. It's a great Deep Purple reference work,
but there's also a huge amount of reading in it as well.
The format is softback, colour front and back. Page count is still
We'll be keeping you updated on the site as this exciting project
progresses. The plan is to make it available to fans via DPAS Mail
Order first but it will also be distributed via regular book stores.