Highway Star

The Autobiography of Deep Purple’s Lead Singer

Ian Gillan

Foreword by Lars Ulrich

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“[Ian Gillan] personifies every trait of epic front man coolness.” —Lars Ulrich of Metallica, from the foreword

One of “the year’s best rock books” —Loudwire

An entertaining read from start to finish that captures all of the highs and lows of Ian’s storied career. . . . It’s all covered here with Gillan’s trademark humor and panache. Fans of the MK II lineup of Purple are going to want to add this book to their collection, even if just to get Ian’s perspective on what can arguably be the most prolific and inventive period of the band’s career. Not to mention his perspective on the often volatile relationship with his former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, as he struggled to work alongside and figure out the thought process and motivations behind the notorious man in black. . . . Ian Gillan is also a master storyteller. He is the true personification of what a rock ’n’ roll front man is supposed to be and as a vocalist he stands alone in rock as a true original who bravely carved out his own path right from the onset.” Classic Rock Revisited

In the first US edition of his wildly entertaining autobiography, the Deep Purple singer dishes on the highs and lows of his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career.

Ian Gillan details nonstop partying, groupies, drugs, alcohol, friction with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and how everything spiraled out of control, ending the band. He continued solo and with Black Sabbath before ultimately reuniting with Deep Purple. The band released its twentieth album in April 2017, peaking at #6 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart, and is conducting a farewell tour in fall 2017.

September 2017
6 x 9 | 224 pp | 8-page color photo insert
Paperback $15.95 | CAN $21.99

Loudwire: Ian Gillan Ponders the Concept of Infinity, Talks Finality of Deep Purple: ‘The End Is Nigh But Not That Nigh’

Deep Purple were once the biggest rock band in the world, lighting up arenas everywhere as their popularity was quickly ignited by a string of now classic albums including In Rock and Machine Head. Their story is one of rock ‘n’ roll excess and arrogance and throughout the years they’ve remained a punchy group with unyielding wit and biting sarcasm. The Purple lore and more is chronicled in singer Ian Gillan’s autobiography, Highway Star, and when we sat down for an interview with the legend, we merged his past with the present happenings within the band.

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