Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story

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ECW Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
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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 band’s own music in vivid context and illustrating just how profoundly this one group helped change the world.

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User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

Not as enlightening as I had hoped as to the interpersonal issues the band has faced over the years, but it was a fun read never-the-less. Read full review

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User Review  - Benryan - Goodreads

Not overly exciting but interesting to learn about a band I didn't know about. Wikipedia may be quicker Read full review


Chapter 3
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Come Taste the Bands
An Invitation to the Ball
A New Wave to Surf
As the Colors Fade
The NotSoPerfect Strangers
Farewell to Blackmores Day

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About the author (2004)

Dave Thompson is one of the leading authorities on all things music. He has published more than 100 books - including the wonderful "1000 Songs That Rock Your World" - and is a regular contributor to "Goldmine" magazine, as well as "Rolling Stone". He is currently working on the "Standard Catalog of American Records". A prodigious writer, Thompson was ranked as one of the Top 5 biographers by "Mojo" magazine. His biographies have included works on David Bowie, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, KISS, and many, many more.

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