- 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.
Dave Thompson is a highly experienced author with close to 20 years of high quality work and over 80 books to his name. His biography of rock star Kurt Cobain, Never Fade Away, sold over 250,000 copies, and he has written recent encyclopedias of alternative rock, funk, reggae and calypso, glam rock, punk, and pop (his reggae volume won an arsc award in 2003). In 1998, Dave was ranked one of rock’s five foremost authors in the respected U.K. music magazine MOJO. He splits his time between London, England, and Seattle, Washington.
Published: August 2004
Dimensions: 6.375 x 9.25 in.