A new photo book celebrating the career of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is set for publication by Wymer Books on 12 September. Titled A Life In Vision, this new deluxe photo book compiled by Blackmore biographer Jerry Bloom is the perfect companion to his 2006 biography Black Knight, as it portrays Blackmore’s career with photos and memorabilia from 1958 to the present day.
A Life In Vision features a large selection of photos, many of which have never been seen before but following years of research by Bloom and it also includes the most comprehensive gig list ever published, for Blackmore’s pre-Deep Purple career between 1958- 67 with over 300 gigs detailed from his days with The Outlaws – backing Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis; with Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages; Neil Christian & The Crusaders; and even going back to his earliest bands such as The Vampires and The Kestrals.
Augmented with memorabilia from the time, the book also plots Blackmore’s career in photos, through Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night along with narrative by Bloom that puts the visual elements in context. This is a limited edition of 1,000 copies worldwide in a bespoke, custom-made presentation box with a set of prints. Those who pre-order can have their name printed in the book on a dedicated fan page. Please visit the publisher’s official website for more information about A Life In Vision.
Elsewhere in Ritchie Blackmore news, the legendary guitarist plays a series of European shows with his two separate outfits, Blackmore’s Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night during the summer of 2019.
Blackmore’s Rainbow play:
12 June: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
15 June: Rock The Coast, Malaga, Spain
Blackmore’s Night play:
26 June: Admiralsplast, Berlin, Germany
28 June: Schloss Merseburg, Merseburg, Germany
29 June: Festung Mark, Magdeburg, Germany
3 July: Kulturepalast, Dresden, Germany
5 July: Burg Creuzberg, Creuzberg, Germany
6 July: Burg Abenburg, Abenburg, Germany.
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