Here´s a nice shot from 1991 – the guys you see here are renowned Swedish photographers Ulf Magnusson and Michael Johansson posing with Purple related albums that features their work on the covers – and I took this picture for a story that was to be published in DEEP PURPLE FOREVER (issue) 2 that spring. Ulf is holding a Whitesnake collection called “Best” that EMI in Greece put out without approval from David Coverdale. Nor did Ulf know about it until he walked into a record shop in Stockholm called Vinyl Mania about seven months after the (April 1987) shoot (Coverdale had bought four pictures for promotional use because he really liked them) and found a copy of the album. Took him a few minutes to realize that it was actually his shot.
Michael is holding a Ritchie Blackmore album titled “Rock Profile Volume 2” that had just been released at the time, with a shot of Blackmore on the front taken in Budapest in 1987 (not in Stockholm, as the notes says). Actually, it was a lucky break back in 1981 when he introduced himself to Ian Broad, who worked exclusively for Ritchie Blackmore, and was invited to photograph Rainbow live that kickstarted his career. At the time of this shot a decade had passed and he had photographed Blackmore on well over 20 occations in that time (both with Rainbow and Deep Purple).
As for me, I was kind of closing down my career as a freelance rock journalist at the time, and wanted to have another go at a Deep Purple publication just for fun, and that was the path I took. It´s 25 years ago now. The decision to create DEEP PURPLE FOREVER came at the tail end of 1990.
A decade later these two gentlemen filmed the interview I did with David Coverdale in 2000 with two cameras. It was published in DEEP PURPLE FOREVER at the time and it was also a cover story in BRIGHT EYES (which was soon to become Sweden Rock Magazine). I republished it in RETROFUTURE 6 (my 100th publication) in 2013 and it has been a top draw on this blog since 2012.
I would like to say thank you to both Ulf & Michael for their support over the years. Especially Michael. You´re the best.