Purple Reign: explore Deep Purple's family tree in the new Classic Rock

Deep Purple - Classic Rock 249

With their sprawling family tree, Deep Purple shaped the sound and look of the golden age of classic rock more than any other. Across 25 pages, with contributions from band members past and present, we chart Purple’s reign. 

Classic Rock 249 on sale now, and it contains...


Dio & Rainbow
Ritchie leaving Purple led to one of their greatest offshoots, and brought to our attention one of rock’s greatest singers.

Coverdale & Whitesnake
Pissed off with Purple, Coverdale jumped ship and went solo. Eventually he formed a band, giving birth to a monster.

Ian Gillan
Post-Purple, he scored some hits with his self-named bands, but it became clear that the game was over when he was tackled by a football legend.

The Butterfly Ball
How a Roger Glover soundtrack album became a live extravaganza starring Twiggy and Vincent Price.

Fronted by the future Voice Of Rock, major success looked inevitable. But then Deep Purple came calling…

Roger Glover
A parallel career as producer meant that branches of Purple spread out to include Elf, Nazareth, Judas Priest and more.

Don Airey
The well-travelled keyboard player is enjoying being part of the longest unbroken line-up Deep Purple have ever had.

Ian Paice
The only original member of Purple in the current line-up talks early days, departures, splits, reunions, Blackmore and keeping the Purple ship afloat.

Other features

Not many Italian bands cracked the US. Meet Premiata Forneria Marconi, one of the great trailblazers of European prog rock.

Wishbone Ash
They conquered both sides of the Atlantic and charted with some classics. The band’s members recall the highs, and reflect on where it all went wrong.

The Damned
The punk icons have returned with a commanding new album. But there’s a lot more to The Damned than you might think…

Black Stone Cherry
The Beatles to Bizkit, Sabbath to gospel… BSC share the ingredients that spice up their southern-fried sounds.

Michael Schenker
The guitar hero hired and fired singers with abandon. So what made them all come back on board for an album and tour? The vocalists tell their stories.

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A Purple Records Sampler
A collection of gems from the vaults of Deep Purple’s label, including Glenn Hughes, Elf, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Silverhead and more…

A Purple Records Sampler


The Stories Behind The Songs: Uriah Heep
A song dashed off in 10 minutes, Easy Livin’ broke the band in the US and propelled them into rock’s big league.

Q&A: Dizzy Reed
GN’R’s keyboard player on his solo album, living for music and working with “the triumvirate from hell”.

Six Things You Need To Know About: Black Foxxes
Mental and physical illness, travel and paying their dues are among the things that have shaped them.

CR’s Social Club
Write! Rage! And more! Just a few of the many things you can find when you head over to classicrockmagazine.com

New albums from Foreigner, Reef, Neil Young, Black Stone Cherry, A Perfect Circle… Reissues from Metallica, Wishbone Ash, ZZ Top, Rory Gallagher, Chris Squire… DVDs, films and books on Marillion, Anthrax, Can, Pamela Des Barres… Live reviews of Myles Kennedy, Tax The Heat, The Bellrays, Greta Van Fleet…

Live Previews
Must-see gigs from Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction, Brothers Osborne, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, Koyo and Danny Bryant. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Nils Lofgren
The veteran sideman guitarist and solo artist on back-flips, culinary skills, crying, sugar and more sugar.

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.