Gillan’s Wessex novel
Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has revealed he’s writing a novel that explores what happens when a part of England declares independence from the UK.
He believes such a “fresh start” presents an opportunity to correct some social imbalances – and to protect democracy from collapse.
Gillan tells US radio station 94HJY: “It’s about the declaration of independence of the four counties of the south-west of England, calling themselves the country Wessex.
“It’s about a new way of thinking, a rethinking of democracy, which is struggling with its greatest strength – tolerance. That strength becomes a weakness; so you have to fight to keep the aims of democracy going.
“It’s a good chance to reshuffle everything from schooling to policing to transport and health – it’s a refreshing look at what you can do when you get a fresh start.”
He’s also working on another title that explores theology. “It’s a science book, The Infinite God,” he explains. “It has a load of wacky theories. I’ve been communicating with astrophysicists and mathematicians, who are guiding me along the right path.”
Meanwhile, former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has composed an instrumental track to honour late bandmate Jon Lord, who died last year after a cancer battle.
The piece is called Carry On… Jon and is described as “Deep Purple-esque.” It will appear on upcoming Blackmore’s NIght album Dancer And The Moon, set for release in June.
The pair had planned to collaborate on new music together but never found the time. In 2009 Lord said: “I’d love to write something for Ritchie to play. It’s been discussed.”