OK guys, first, here’s the hype from the back cover:
The Man In Black…
His name is Ritchie Blackmore and his reputation is legion. But is it warranted? Find out now, as we look at the man’s career as reigning lord over the constantly evolving consortium of monster talents known as Rainbow.
Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Roger Glover, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, Bob Daisley, Jimmy Bain, Doogie White, and of course Ritchie himself… they all get their say through pages and pages of previously unpublished interview footage, on what makes the Man In Black tick, his pranks, his sly hirings and swift firings.
And of course, there’s the music. From the raw and fiery Dio years, through the classic Down To Earth album, the smooth crooning Joe Lynn Turner era and into one final under-rated record fronted by Doogie White, it’s all examined here… track by track, fascinating tale by trick.
Rainbow is the band that wrote Man On The Silver Mountain, Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, Stargazer, A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gates Of Babylon, All Night Long, Eyes Of The World, Spotlight Kid, Can’t Happen Here, Stone Cold, Street Of Dreams, Can’t Let You Go and Hunting Humans, and this is the book you should read to find out WHY!
And here’s some basic, no bull description, jes’ between me and you!
The book is 227 pages, and again, like the UFO and BOC, no pictures other than thumbnails of the album covers. Essentially I’m establishing a set here, with more to come with the same philosophy. So yes, like the BOC and UFO (and the Rush although that was picture-intensive), the format is album by album, song by song - I don't think there are any songs, from the debut through to Stranger In Us All, that don't get talked about by me or the guys or both. In and around that though, there is lots of tour talk, gettin' inside the guys' heads, as well as some documentation of the post-Rainbow Blackmore’s Night band, interview footage with both Ritchie and Candice included.
Also included is a full band discography; song titles as well. Note: I'll be signing the book to you from me, so let me know if it's a present or whatever for somebody else!
This book is now completely sold out.