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Ian Gillan: The Autobiography of Deep Purple's Lead Singer Paperback – November, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Pub (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857823206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857823202
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ian Gillan's first success was in Lebanon with Episode Six in the mid-sixties. Returning home to a largely indifferent England, he then signed on with Deep Purple, which went on to become one of the best selling bands of its time.
The book tells the story of the good times as well as bad. There were successes with other bands like Gillan and Black Sabbath, and his lead role in the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. There were also tough times: money problems, internal conflicts and the recurring musical and professional conflicts with legendary Deep Purple guitar wizard Ritchie Blackmore.
The band continues on today -- with Gillan but without Blackmore, (replaced by the equally amazing Steve Morse) and the book takes us right up to present day. The writing is understated but the tales are fascinating. A must-have for any hard rock music fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Warner on August 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Ian Gillans work in both Deep purple, and then as a solo act with the "Gillan Band", I really enjoyed this book.
Ian comes across as a very down to earth character, and gives much insight into his lyrics, and his feelings about performing and life on the road.He dosn't take himself too seriously, and I laughed more than a few times! Sheds some light on his turbulent relationship with Purple Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Simonian on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Quite an amazing autobiography in his own words. Claimed to be one of the greatest singers in the history of hard-rock, Ian Gillan talks about the remarkable story behind the early years of "Deep Purple".
From the birth of hard rock and the lead role in the famous "Jesus Christ Superstar", to the recent stories with "Black Sabbath" and re-born "Deep Purple". Highly recommended for anyone interested in this kind of music.
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