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Ritchie Blackmore: I Want To Tell You What I've Been Doing

Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

AS DAVE SCHULPS and I rolled along in the darkness to our impending interview, we were filled with apprehension. After all, Ritchie Blackmore has never been known as a pussycat. In fact, most accounts of his years with Deep Purple emphasize his moodiness, sullenness, and even outright hostility. The Teutonic severity of Ritchie's current group, Rainbow, does little to suggest that time had mellowed Blackmore the least bit. We didn't even know where we were being driven! What if Ritchie got annoyed with our questions and had us "silenced"? Paranoia strikes deep.

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