On April 6, 1974, DEEP PURPLE appeared on stage at the California Jam festival at the Ontario Speedway in California.Taking top billing at the all-day event, and with great weather, DEEP PURPLE and the other bands drew a crowd of around 165,000 people. It became the largest single-day paid attendance in U.S. rock concert history.
This astonishing concert is now the subject of a new documentary book, "Deep Purple At The California Jam", to be released in December. Collecting together hundreds of black-and-white and color images from a number of photographers who had all area access to the concert (and rehearsals), the large 12"-by-12"-format presentation allows these images to shine. Most of the photographs have never been seen before and are being fully restored and color-corrected.
Backing the images up is a detailed and lengthy essay on the concert and the build-up to the performance, from the first meetings by the promoters through to the completion of the PA towers. The text is supported by an impressive collection of rare memorabilia, including internal documents, setlists, passes, posters, tickets and even the repair bills for the TV camera.
In total, this is the most comprehensive publication ever devoted to a single DEEP PURPLE performance and is certain to excite fans of the band around the world.
*** The Standard Edition (500 copies)
The book on its own and quarter-bound with a photographic cover and supplied in a card slipcase. Individually numbered. 500 copies available.
*** The Signature Edition (350 individually signed copies)
This premium edition is numbered and individually signed by the great Jon Lord in June 2012.
The 288-page hand-bound coffee table book is bound in PURPLE recycled leather with a silver foil emboss to the front.
Printed on 170-gsm artpaper, the pages will be guilt-edged and hand-stitched.
The book comes in a recycled leather slipcase and is presented in a beautiful leather style clamshell box with inlaid color graphic.
Alongside this is a heavyweight double vinyl album of the live recording from the concert, together with reproduction back stage passes, poster and certificate of production.
*** The Vinyl Edition (150 copies)
Presented in slipcase together with the vinyl recordings this edition of the book is the same book without the guilt edging to the pages. Individually numbered with a certificate of production. 150 copies available.
For more information, and to pre-order, go to this location.