"I had a constant fascination with the darkside. It is another world, bordering on insanity, and demonic possession, or what I thought was my own Soul Bending personal nirvana. Its good to be back in the middle of the boat, instead of hanging on for dear life in the last life boat."Glenn Hughes
"Hughes tells the tale with passion, honesty and self-deprecating wit". Record Collector Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Glenn Hughes is a living, breathing personification of British rock, and the arc of his career and attendant lifestyle make for a compelling story. Starting with the Midlands beat combo Finders Keepers in the 1960s, he formed acclaimed funk-rock band Trapeze in the early 70s before joining Deep Purple at their commercial peak. Flying the world in Starship 1, the band's own Boeing jet, Hughes enthusiastically embraced the rock superstar's lifestyle while playing on three Purple albums, including the classic Burn. When the band split in 1976 Hughes embarked on a breakneck run of solo albums, collaborations and even a brief, chaotic spell fronting Black Sabbath. "If you buy only one rock book this Christmas, you must make it this one". Classic Rock All of this was accompanied by cocaine psychosis, crack addiction and other excesses, before Hughes survived a clean-up-or-die crisis, and embarked on a reinvigorated solo career enriched by a survivor's wisdom. In his autobiography, Hughes talks us through this whirlwind of a life with unflinching honesty and good humour, taking us right up to date with his triumphant re-emergence in current supergroup Black Country Communion.
Publication date: November 1st, 2011.
A German language edition was published in May 2012, with Italian and French editions arriving in 2013.
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ISBN-10: 1906002924 - ISBN-13: 978-1-906002-92-3
Format: Paperback - Trim Size: 152x215/6x8.5 - Pictures: 20 colour and b/w in plate section
US Price: $19.95 - UK Price: ₤14.95
Category: Music & Performing Arts - Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
"On the third night, Woody brought David Bowie to my room. There were a couple of people in my room so I figured we'd better go up to Bowie's room, because he's a very private person. Angie Bowie was up there too, and he had a few dancers up there. He had seen the Cal-Jam on TV the night before and he was very impressed with my contribution to Purple. He understood my soul and R&B roots, because he was about to cut Young Americans. We felt very comfortable together: it was very different hanging with him. He was very guarded and he liked to spend one-on-one time together. We talked all night while Ron Wood flitted in and out - he's a real social butterfly. I ended up spending the whole week with Bowie: I saw three of his shows and Iggy Pop was with us."
"Now listen. If you are a singer and you are depressed or nervous or high, you cannot deliver vocally, because tension comes from being fucked up. You have to be completely centred on stage. I was uncomfortable, partly because I didn't have a bass, partly because I was overweight, and also because of that male audience that Sabbath have - young, keen, bristling, black leather-jacketed guys. I was in fear of walking out in front of 10,000 or 15,000 of them every night, thinking - I'm gonna have to sing 'Iron Man', which is such an Ozzy song. It put so much fear into me. Remember, I am Glenn Hughes the soulful singer that can sing the phone book, but here I am going to sing Ozzy's songs. Ozzy is a very monotonal singer and it was not me at all."
Also now available are the Signature and Deluxe edition's of Glenn's long awaited autobiography.
Titled, "DEEP PURPLE & BEYOND: SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF A ROCK STAR", both are available for purchase from UK based publisher, Foruli and can be ordered from anywhere in the world!
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