Saturday, May 7, 2011

Deep Purple: Glenn Hughes bio due next week

Man, the rock section of the book store is getting awfully full these days, and will have to make room for yet another rock n’ roll autobiography.

Legendary singer and bassist Glenn Hughes releases "Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star," on May 12. The book is co-written with Joel McIver and features an introduction by Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

This is cool: the luxury first edition comes complete with rare photos and an exclusive 10-inch vinyl EP featuring the following all-new recordings:

* "What Is A Woman's Role?" (TRAPEZE, written by Hughes)
* "Holy Man" (DEEP PURPLE, written by Hughes, David Coverdale, Jon Lord)
* "Dying To Live" (brand new acoustic Glenn Hughes track)

"Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star" features contributions from Hughes' friend and Deep Purple comrade David Coverdale, his lifelong musical collaborator Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello and a host of others, including Angie Bowie, John Varvatos and more.

Here’s the promo blurb from publishers Foruli Publications:

Glenn Hughes’ years in Deep Purple epitomised the glamour and excess of 1970s stadium rock. Playing in one of the world's biggest bands, recording classic albums such as “Burn,” squiring a long line of film starlets and singers, ploughing through a mountain of cocaine and hanging out with a multitude of stars including David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, Hughes lived a life that many can only dream of. However, it soon metamorphosed into a nightmare. Glenn's journey through cocaine and crack addiction was a trip few people would never have survived. And after the demise of Deep Purple and disastrous stints with Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, Hughes hit rock bottom.

But this book is a story of redemption. Glenn came back from the gutter a new man and went about reclaiming his position as “The Voice of Rock” - first with the KLF and then as a solo musician with an international fan base, before teaming up this past year with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham in Black Country Communion.

A special launch event for the book will be led on May 12 in London, England. The evening will feature a solo acoustic set by Glenn, a preview of the book packages, and the opportunity to meet Glenn, co-author Joel McIver and the team at Foruli.

According to Hughes’ Facebook page, organizers will be inviting everybody who has pre-ordered a copy of Glenn's book and record package, but they would also like to extend an invitation to Glenn's wider loyal fanbase.

Anybody who would like to enter a draw to receive an invitation to the event should please email their name and the title of the first track on the first Black Country Communion album to: All entries will be entered into a draw to receive one of twenty invitations to this exclusive event. For those that pre-ordered, an invite will be arriving shortly via email.

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Deep Purple – Burn
Leeds Polytechnic Student Project - 1974

See also:

VIDEO: Glenn Hughes performs new Black Country Communion song
Black Country Communion: New album due in June
Black Country Communion announce US dates
WhoCares: Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends to release charity single
Deep Purple: North American tour to feature 30-piece orchestra
New solo album from Deep Purple bassist due in June
Deep Purple singer says ‘it’s about time’ to make a new record
Black Country Communion cover Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple