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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book!
This is the interesting and very informative autobiography by one of the greatest Rock singers of all time: Ian Gillan! It begins by describing Gillan's childhood and teenage years, moving on through to the 1960s, when he first started singing in various bands.
The emphasis, of course, is on Gillan's involvement with Deep Purple, his relationship with the other...
Published on 5 May 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment assured
This is a chatty, light read from a singer who comes across as articulate, witty and not likely to take himself too seriously. He covers all the major bands and characters he has known up to the last DP album made with Blackmore and the latter plays a major role in the book since the two of them have crossed swords repeatedly. Books by musicians are most engaging for the...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book!, 5 May 2001
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This review is from: Ian Gillan: The Autobiography of "Deep Purple's" Lead Singer (Paperback)
This is the interesting and very informative autobiography by one of the greatest Rock singers of all time: Ian Gillan! It begins by describing Gillan's childhood and teenage years, moving on through to the 1960s, when he first started singing in various bands.
The emphasis, of course, is on Gillan's involvement with Deep Purple, his relationship with the other members of the band, and interesting 'behind-the-scenes' stories of how this great band made their hit albums and went on tour. For the decicated fan, there are other fascinating tidbits of information: I especially was interested to read about Ian Gillan's views on JC Superstar.
The book has also got an eight-page picture section, including both black-and-white and colour photos.
Overall: a must-read for any Deep Purple and Hard Rock Music fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The man who's done it all, 3 May 2004
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One of the most candid autobiographies I've ever read. This is easy and quite enjoyable reading, with more than one moment I caught myself laughing out loud.
Ian Gillan tells it like it is (the whole truth, but I suspect not all of it, but definitely the good bits) with quite a sense of humour. He makes it crystal clear that Ritchie Blackmore was not the only "difficult one" in the band, and he writes unashamedly about his failed relationships, failed business ventures and failed bands. I respect him for that.
His positive outlook on life wins the day, even though he never markets himself as a survivor. One gets the impression that Ian Gillan is a fun guy to know, and couldn't care less about the millions he's made, and lost over the years.
The books starts where the hero is a toddler, and ends at the start of the "Hell or High Water" Tour, which is a shame, because I would have liked to read about the incident with the glass of water. But a great autobiography, none the less.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gillan is god...well, not quite, 20 April 2002
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Well worth reading if you want to know more about the man, who it turns out is no more than any man, albeit with a wonderful voice and personality. He takes you through his life, never forgetting to point out his errors in glorious detail (just refuse if he ever asks you to test one of his inventions...). Could have gone in more detail about his relationships with the other band members, though he does give an insight to the difficulties he and TMIB faced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a star !!!!!!!, 5 Jun 2009
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He's been there. Done it. Certainly drunk it.
And has a great tale to tell......
Such a larger-than-life, fun-loving, likeable and genuine character is always a great tonic to everybody.
Gillan is living, breathing proof of this.
He's just as enthusiastic in later life as he was in his younger days.
Once you've admired his achievements, you want to settle in the bar and have a drink with the guy !!
Any "would-be" rock singer should read this book.
What a star !!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimatly disapponting..., 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Ian Gillan: The Autobiography of "Deep Purple's" Lead Singer (Paperback)
Oh, Well, pehaps I expected too much. Maybe mr. Gillan was too drunk to remember many facts and stories about Deep Purple or even much of his solo projects. Overall the book is nice, but it does not give a good insight about DP (which I had high hopes for) or the musicians he played with. Some good accounts of his early life and a few personal and professional ups and downs are well told. There are also some funny parts too. But for such a iconic figure, and such legendary singer, who fronted two of the best bands ever, I still think he could have delivered a lot more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment assured, 6 Jan 2007
This review is from: Ian Gillan: The Autobiography of "Deep Purple's" Lead Singer (Paperback)
This is a chatty, light read from a singer who comes across as articulate, witty and not likely to take himself too seriously. He covers all the major bands and characters he has known up to the last DP album made with Blackmore and the latter plays a major role in the book since the two of them have crossed swords repeatedly. Books by musicians are most engaging for the fan when they reveal the behind-the-scenes details and Gillan provides a few here, not least the manner in which he records (very quickly and usually the band works out a track and he adds vocals later, which might account for some of his less interesting results!), the spaghetti throwing by a guitarist who found ketchup added to his meal, the truth about that awful Sabbath stage set, and the ever present booze and groupies. On top of this one gets the impression of a man who has little knowledge and less control of his own finances, yet who remains optimistic and enthusiastic, if slightly uncritical of his own work. That Mr. Gillan tends to favor the quick approach over the thought-out effort in his music is reflected in this work too as the book brushes past some key issues and tends to get some dates confused in the telling of the Purple story. Still, there are priceless quotes and stories (Tony Iommi's recollection of entering Gillan's room once on the Born Again tour is indicative - you'll have to read it). All told, a lively if unchallenging read through the life of a rock star who has seen highs and lows in his career.
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