‘I wished I’d never mentioned that’: Yes, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan is still at work on two books

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Frontman Ian Gillan helped Deep Purple complete its first album of new material since 2005 with this year’s Now What?! Now, it’s time to get back to those two books he promised, right?

“God, I wished I’d never mentioned that,” Gillan tells Paul Anthony in this clip. “I’m writing two books, actually, and the less said about that …”

Gillan earlier mentioned a fictional piece exploring the trials and tribulations that follow when a section of England declares its own independence from the United Kingdom — in the hopes of reshaping social issues and protecting democracy.

He’s also at work on a science-focused tome called The Infinite God, which has found Gillan working with mathematicians and astrophysicists toward what he’s said are some “wacky theories.”

“I’ve been at it for a long time,” Gillan adds, “but it keeps getting interrupted and put on the back burner because other stuff that’s more important comes forward. It’s a life’s work; it’ll get out there eventually. But I decline to talk anymore about it!”

Back in 1998, Gillan published The Autobiography of Deep Purple’s Lead Singer, a book which primarily focused on his initial stint with the group from 1969–73. He returned from 1984–89 and has been out front again since 1992.

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