Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced a new, lavishly produced photobook on the life and career of the late DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord. Currently in production, the book will feature exclusive, never-before-seen, personal family photographs, contributions from Jon's colleagues, friends and family, unpublished professional images and new, previously unreleased music and a live DVD.
Says the company: "At Rufus Stone, we always wanted to produce a large format, mostly photographic book of Jon Lord's incredible and respected career in the music industry. Jon's illness put this plan on hold but though he is no longer with us to contribute in person, it has been decided by [Jon's wife] Vicky Lord to produce a book, with the family, friends and musicians who worked with him throughout his life all contributing personal material and memories. The book is designed to be a massive photographic celebration of Jon's life and work and will contain much rare and personal material from his early days (before he became a professional musician), through the ARTWOODS, and, of course, DEEP PURPLE and beyond. His time in PAL and WHITESNAKE are also covered, and naturally his many orchestral projects. Recently discovered images taken by Jon himself during his touring days in DEEP PURPLE will also be included.
"As well as the book, previously unreleased music from Jon is also being included, and one track in particular called 'All Those Years Ago' has inspired the title of the project. More never-before-released music, visuals and artifacts will be added to make this a true celebration of Jon Lord's life.
"Although some of the material sourced for the book will be from professional photographers, it is appreciated that fans may wish to contribute memorabilia or images taken over the years at concerts and we will be happy to look at any material.
"People interested in the book and the project can keep up to date with email newsletters by subscribing at www.jonlordphotobook.com, and receive pre-publication information.
"Details of the final format for the book will be announced before long. It is currently hoped to launch the title at the end of this year.
"Plans to have a blue heritage plaque unveiled on Jon's family home in Leicester are well advanced.
"In April 2014 a special memorial concert is being held at The Royal Albert Hall in London as a further celebration of Jon's music and life."
Rufus Stone Limited Editions published the much-admired "Deep Purple California Jam" title in January 2012, a project Jon was able to assist with and was enthused by.