Archive for July, 2013

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I have just completed the second and final part of the Tornado Blaze novel for RETROFUTURE 6 (Western edition), and with that, everything is in place. I can finally get this on CD for the printers now. It took me a full year to complete this double issue, quite a lot of hard work in fact. I will have the Western edition out in a couple of months time, and then there will be a party here in Östersund, with Deep Purple as the soundtrack.

I kind of painted myself into a corner with the Tornado Blaze novel. The first part set up one hell of an adventure with Gods, Aliens and a Ranch War. Then I had to end it all in six A4 pages (of text) in RETROFUTURE 6. I had ideas, but it was tough to get going. I think a lot of writers get this every now and then.

I am so glad that I managed to end it, and that it feels like a job well done. 

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Elmore Leonard

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Books, Paperbacks - western

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I like the fact that Harper Torch (Western) are bringing back classic titles by Elmore Leonard. This one, “The Law at Randado” (1954) came out in 2002 and is still in print. The current covers are good too, for books like “Hombre”, “Valdez Is Coming” and “The Bounty Hunters”.

I think a small collection of these will sit nicely in my growing Wild West library.

Classic Tom Jones

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Music (general)

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I have been a fan of Tom Jones since the late 60´s, when I was exposed to his music through my mother´s record collection, radio and television. Life moved on but I always maintained that soft spot, especially for the late 60´s, early 70´s period (he did have a good comeback 25 years later though). So I bought records, often second hand decades later, but the good stuff (the original albums) was nowhere to be seen on CD. Another criminal act of the record industry.

This 4 CD collection, “A-tom-ic Jones”, “Green Green Grass of Home”, “Delilah” and “Along Came Jones” is a nice treat then. Finally, a chance to get some of the golden greats on CD, and at a low price at that. I see that it was released in 2010, so it took me a while to spot it.

The sheer number of hits on these records are staggering. He must have been in the Singles Charts all the time back in the day. Tom was the kind of guy that could outdo the original artists when he covered them. He had a good band and boy could he sing.

Nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia.

John Carter

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Deep Purple Family, TV & Movies

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The 2012 Disney film “John Carter” did not fare well at the box office (at home), which is quite strange if you ask me. I saw it in 3D and it was very entertaining. Now I have it on DVD and I still like it after a couple of additional viewings. In fact, I think this is one of these films that grows on you. It really is a grand adventure.

It bugs me that Ronnie James Dio never got to see it. The books about John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs belonged to the catalogue that inspired him as a young lad. He spoke with enthusiasm about the series when I asked him about his early influences. I just know that he would have appreciated this movie, he was still young at heart.

Disney has nothing to be ashamed of here.

Cooper 

A friend of mine sent me some images from the Alice Cooper show here in Östersund this weekend, so I thought I would share this snapshot with you. As I said in an earlier post I couldn´t see this show due to work, but word on the street is that Alice ruled and that the festival has never had a better ending than this.

I could have told them that years ago. In fact, I did. But big names in Classic Rock has not been their thing. Maybe the ticket sales this year, for Alice, will make them reassess the situation? Festivals are dying all over the place, not counting the Classic Rock scene, which strives.

So what will it be in 2014? Deep Purple? Why not?

(Many thanks to Kalle Thelin for the images)

Ostersund 

Yesterday (after the Mojo concert, see previous post) I managed to catch a rare visit by the old steamboat SS Östersund to the harbour of the city that bears the same name (Östersund). Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) is the fifth largest lake of Sweden and a hundred years ago there was plenty of traffic in these waters. Only two of the classic steamboats have survived, SS Thomée (mentioned before on this blog) and SS Östersund.

This beautiful boat was built in 1874 and saw traffic in the lake until 1963 when it was put out of business. Enthusiasts saved the boat and by 1989 it was in traffic again, now from the harbour of Arvesund (where a fantastic museum is located). It now operates during the summer months, June to September.

The Great Lake Monster has been sighted from these steamboats on several occations over the decades, there are cases in the archives. A mysterious film was taken from SS Thomée in 1996 by Gun-Britt Widmark that I helped to rescue from VHS format to DVD last year. It is being kept in the archives of Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (a local interest group that I have mentioned before).

The Great Lake Monster was sighted in the harbour of Arvesund not long ago – see earlier post (and full story in RETROFUTURE 6).

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A huge festival called Storsjöyran is gearing up here in Östersund, and thursday evening saw Michael Mojo Nilsson play a couple of blues sets down by the harbour in front of a few hundred people (x2) in a tent. I catched the second set and snapped some pictures. Good vibes, as usual. Mojo is a good entertainer.

Big names like Alice Cooper are coming up in the next few days, but I will be working so no more festivities for me this weekend.