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Tales of a rock'n'roll survivor

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 02:27

June 1 - Rock legend Glenn Hughes tells all in his new autobiography ''Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star''. Doug MacLaurin reports.

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After a lifestyle of rock'n'roll excess, Glenn Hughes says he is lucky to be alive - and with a music career spanning more than four decades he has some stories to tell. The former "Deep Purple" veteran said he is finally ready to tell them with his autobiography "Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star". SOUNDBITE Glenn Hughes, musician, saying (English): "I've been asked for the last 20 years to do this and I didn't think it was appropriate and I wasn't ready to disclose the secrets, if you will. And it's the secrets that will kill me, I don't particularly want to carry those around with me anymore and you only get to do this once. So I thought it was time to-- I think it's the appropriate time now." Hughes said he exorcised several personal demons writing the memoirs, which chronicle his battle with drug and alcohol addiction and the effect it had on his health and career after his success with Deep Purple. SOUNDBITE Glenn Hughes, musician, saying (English): "The core of the book is really about what happened, I was really into the music and then the drugs and stuff took the music away from me which was the worst part of it. So it's good to be back on the planet." Hughes beat his addiction with a comeback that culminated in his best ever selling solo albums "Soul Mover" and "Music for the Divine" in 2005 and 2006. And his latest project, Black Country Communion, has earned him some of his greatest critical praise to date. Less than a year since Hughes teamed up with guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham - son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham - and veteran keyboardist Derek Sherinian, the band's second album is already due for release in June. So, clean and sober since 1991 with several projects in the works - including an upcoming weekly radio show in the UK - how is life treating the rock'n'roll survivor these days? SOUNDBITE Glenn Hughes, musician, saying (English): "I feel good. I think I'm in a good spiritual condition. For me what is the most important thing for me is a connection to something greater than us and greater than I so I try stay on an even keel on a daily basis and- hey, come on man, after what I've done to myself I'm very grateful to be standing here or sitting here this evening." Co-written with rock biographer Joel McIver, "Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star" is now available in hardcover. Doug MacLaurin, Reuters.

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Tales of a rock'n'roll survivor

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 02:27