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Ritchie Blackmore

The Ritchie Blackmore Story BluRay

Review by Gary Hill

A Ritchie Blackmore penned song, “Smoke on the Water” is arguably the most played rock song by guitarists learning to play rock guitar. I suppose you really need go no further than that to get an idea of how influential Blackmore has been. Still, the reach of his guitar prowess and genius goes further than that. Over the years he has influenced a lot of guitarists. His reputation (not always for good reasons) also stretches beyond just his guitar playing, too. This new documentary gives a good look into the life of Ritchie Blackmore. It includes archival footage and interviews to tell the story. Sure, hardcore fans would probably love something even more in-depth, but this is actually quite a strong documentary of an exceptional artist. It covers his childhood all the way through his current work with his wife Candace Night in Blackmore’s Night. Both Blackmore and Night are interviewed in depth in the telling of his story, too.


This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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