The guitarist is aware of the fact that he has created a sound that is so unmistakable that attempts to mimic the swirling notes and slides invariably fail. He created a new form of expression on the guitar that remains as influential as it was during his heyday in the 1970s and ’80s. He uses his guitar as his voice and creates a plethora of otherworldly sounds.
Famously, he quit both Rainbow and Deep Purple, wanting a change of scenery, showing that Blackmore is a man not afraid to make significant changes in his life in order to reach his ultimate goal, creative enlightenment. This should give you a good measure of his character.
It’s a testament to his work that everyone from Brian May to Eddie Van Halen have heaped praise on him over the years.
Whilst we could spend hours praising Blackmore for being one of the most authentic guitarists of all time, we need to highlight one thing. He hasn’t always been totally original. This should not come as a surprise as he’s had a long career, and that music is inherently reliant on borrowing ideas. It’s not something Blackmore is scared of discussing either, and once, during a TV interview, he revealed that he “stole” some of his best-loved works in Deep Purple from other heroes.
‘Black Night’ – Deep Purple in Rock (1970)
‘Speed King’ – Deep Purple in Rock (1970)
‘Lazy’ – Machine Head (1972)
‘Highway Star’ – Machine Head (1972)