Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes Admits A ‘Painful Choice’ In His Career
Former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes opened up about his autobiography ‘Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star’ during a recent appearance on Lokaos Rock Show. Apparently, the rocker didn’t hide anything while writing his memoir, and being honest was painful, especially because it was highly personal.
For those of you who may not know, Glenn Hughes first started working with Deep Purple in 1973, replacing Roger Glover as bassist. Since he considered himself as a vocalist more than a bass player, the rocker become interested in sharing lead vocal duties with David Coverdale.
Eventually, the two started sharing lead singer duties in the band for the next three albums. Their collaboration worked out until Deep Purple’s disbandment in 1976. Following the band’s break-up, Hughes embarked on a solo career and released his debut solo album in 1977 named ‘Play Me Out.’
In 2016, the musician was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. Since the band is an important part of his career, Hughes mentioned his time with them in his autobiography ‘Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes from the Life of a Rock Star,‘ published in May 2011.
The book gave a genuine look into the musician’s personal life, particularly about his struggle with cocaine and crack addiction. After hitting rock bottom with failures in his music career and private life, his memoir represents his journey through tough times to self-redemption.
During a recent interview, Glenn Hughes looked back on his autobiography and revealed that he wanted to be completely honest with himself when his publisher encouraged him to not keep a secret. The rocker stated that he went deep into his personal life with all the ups and downs.
Hughes also didn’t forget to mention that some people hide the facts in their memoirs when it’s the ugly truth which is one of the reasons why he mentioned every detail in his career. Although he praised being honest, the musician also said being deeply personal was painful.
Regarding his book, Hughes said:
“When I wrote the book, my publisher asked me if there is anything I’m keeping a secret. And I thought maybe I need to go deeper and tell everything. So I had to really go deeper and be very, very, very honest. So for me to tell you the truth which there has to be the truth in everything we do and to tell you about the things I didn’t do great; not just the things I did great and how great it was, but there was some dark stuff.
I had to die to come back. So when I was very honest with myself in the book, it was really a great opportunity for me to tell you about making my amends to people. Even if people are dead, I had to make amends to them too, ’cause they were really close friends to me. But there’s nothing in the book that’s not real; I had to be very honest.”
“It was painful being so highly personal in his book but I had to tell the truth. Sometimes it’s not pretty to tell people the real truth. My book needs to be told. So I wanted to make sure that everything is exactly the way it was. It’s not pretty, some things in life are not pretty. But you’ve gotta face it. You have to tell what is the real deal.”
You can watch the entire interview below.