Friday, May 13, 2011

Deep Purple: Glenn Hughes launches autobiography in London

The new autobiography, "Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star," by legendary singer and bassist Glenn Hughes is now available.

The book is co-written with Joel McIver and features an introduction by Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

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)

A special launch event for the book took place last night in London: the evening featured a solo acoustic set by Hughes, a preview of the book packages, and the opportunity to meet Glenn, co-author Joel McIver and the team at 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

"In the '70s and '80s, I was a very notorious drug addict, I was a very famous cocaine addict,” Hughes tells FaceCulture in a new interview. “I don't say that to be arrogant, but I was one of the first rock stars to become, 'Oh, Glenn Hughes, he's a cocaine addict.'"

"When I got sober a long time ago, and let's just say that I wanted to experiment with other drugs and other things and other people and I wanted to be anonymous. I wanted to go under another name and I wanted to travel. I wanted to do it without [being] in the public eye in my hometown in the country where I live; I wanted to disappear and there is no greater city in the world to go dark than Amsterdam. If you want weird, it's here. And the fact of the matter is, it got so f**king weird that it scared the s**t out of me. Let's just say that I went to the edge of the cliff of insanity.”

Glenn Hughes – interview
FaceCulture – May 2011

See also:

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