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27 - A just reward, Katowice blues, current affairs, Glasgow, crowd addiction

From: (Elsen)

Hi Ian,
I thought about this for 1 million times, but it's the first time I actually going to ask you: Is Glory road based upon Heinleins book???

Feel free not to answer me cause i don't GIVE A RATS ASS!!

From: (Joasia Ostrowiecka)

That's me again. Excuse me, the information may be important. I thought I must inform you that your managers aren' t correct. In October I checked a list of DP concerts (page Highway Star) and I didn't find any information about the Katowice concert (3th November). I got this information from EMPIK yesterday, after the event, and I burst into tears: I'm a Deep Purple fan since 1971 and now, when at last I have got money for tickets, such an affront meets me. "Not for me" again. Now I have to wait 10 years for the next concert, if it'll be announced, of course. I have no possibility to go to Germany. If I'm not wrong about your managers (or about computer operators, I don't know), you may thank them on my behalf. I wrote to Highway Star yesterday, but I did it obscurely because of my nervousness. And I think I had good reason to get nervous, hadn't I? QUESTION: did the band inted to record the last Katowice concert? I'll buy it with pleasure.
Greetings- JO

Hello Jo,
I seem to remember replying to an earlier Q from you and that is probably in the pipeline. However, I have prioritised this letter because you are so upset. We finished touring for this year in early September. There was no concert in Katowice, I never even heard it being discussed. Don't worry, you didn't miss a thing.
Cheers, ig


Dear Ian,
I've much to say, though I'll keep it brief. First, you're brilliant. Second, Thank you for all your hard work and songs through the years.

Third, given the recent tragedy, I realized that the DP CD, Abandon, has a cover picture of diver diving out of what appears to be one of the Twin Towers. Crazy. I understand the title of that album was your idea. Why "Abandon" as a title? Would you care to share your views on current events? After all, you've travelled the world many times over, and you surely have some political insight into all this.

I look forward to hearing form you.

Dear OV,
Thanks for your letter, kind words and good questions. The cover of Abandon surreally depicts the intention of the title. Abandon means 'to throw caution to the wind', and I can't think of a better way of illustrating that, than by changing into your speedos and diving off the top of a tall building in the certain confidence that someone will have constructed a swimming pool by the time you get to street level. The WTC doesn't come into it. I've been watching bombs go off for a long time in England and I'm numbed by the response from the government of the day, the media and the public at large. In simple terms this has ranged from 'Bastards!' to 'What are they so pissed off about?' Did you ever hear about that great law of physics.... 'for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction'? (not really true, but near enough in a Euclidean sense) Well I have a theory of my own; you can apply that law to human nature. If you say to the aggrieved parties 'What was it exactly that was pissing you off yesterday at four o' clock in the afternoon, come on now, the whole list of grievances, don't miss anything out. Yesterday, just think about it, the both of you.' OK, problem solved in twenty four hours, because the sins of your fathers are excluded and the bigotry of your church is nullified, the guns of your armies are distanced and the roots of your hatred are rotting; so you can't quickly distinguish the rust from the dried blood. But most of all the eyes of your children are hopeful. If you go back a week it'll take a week to sort it out, because the negative forces are stronger for being that much more established. A year and a year and so on. Now look what's happening, since 11 September, the worst we have seen from the legitimate protagonists is a bout of fisticuffs at Stormont Castle, and joy of joys, decommissioning to the satisfaction of General De Chastelain, which means we're on our way boys, long way to go but the worst is over; now the rebuilding begins. The point is that no one except the nutters (and nobody wants a part of them any more because they are no longer the most frightening option) now looks back to the Potato Famine or Bloody Sunday, they're not forgotten of course, but they are now consigned to history and no longer part of the equation. There are other points which are still too sensitive or inflammatory to mention, but all in all we're looking at a total length of time: (from 11 Sept to the handshake) x 2. The shock waves are still off the scale and emotions are running understandably very high, but although the media will focus on the political and military battles the real struggle is about perspectives. This is something I have tried to deal with in the latest DF, and upon re-reading it, realise what a rambling, clumsy attempt it is.
Cheers, ig

From: (

hi ian,
billy from glasgow here,i saw purple here at greens playhouse in the 70s,awesome! do you ever keep in contact with ritchie these days? the guitar vs vocals on made in japan strange kind of woman,was brilliant! any plans to come to glasgow?
Billy Mac.

Hi Billy,
I still get vertigo when I think of the stage at Green's Playhouse; terrifying! Haven't spoken to Ritchie for quite a while but I have only good memories of him these days, all the nonsense has faded away. See you at the Clyde Auditorium, where I believe the stage is at sea level.
Cheers, ig

From: Eirik, Oslo

Hi Ian!
I heard an interview with Robert Plant saying it is easy, if not uavoidable, to become addicted to the loud response of a big crowd, as with other more physical substances, when you're a rock singer. And it's not difficult to imagine. Especially when going on for so long...Comments? Eirik,

Hi Eirik,
I wouldn't want to argue with the great Robert Plant, but I guess we all see things from our own perspective. When I was a kid I'd be in the crowd watching my favourite singer and band of the day, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers (1962/3). I'd stand as close to the stage as possible without being on it. I was drawn to the music, I wanted to stand in the middle of it. That's how it is today with Purple, my biggest thrill is being right there amongst those great musicians. Of course I know what it feels like to be in the audience, I've been there. We couldn't exist without an audience, no artist could, and the response is wonderful, but primarily it's the music I'm there for. That's my addiction and I'm sure it is for Robert too, he's just saying it in a different way.
Cheers, ig

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