Archive for November, 2013

The Grand Duke

Posted: November 28, 2013 in Books, Comics

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This book is a 156 page hardcover compilation of a fantastic WWII story of war, love and brutality. “The Grand Duke” (Archaia, 2012) is an astonishing piece of work, written by Yann and illustrated by Romain Hugault (both from France). Presented as a Romeo and Juliet story set against WWII aerial dogfights it really is a unique idea, well crafted and full of details. If you are into WWII aircrafts, this is a wet dream. The war itself is described pretty much as it was, right down to the political side (step out of line and you are dead). The story unfolds on the Russian front and begins in 1943.

Glad I found this.

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Next year´s issue of RETROFUTURE (issue 7) is officially in progress as of today. I just created page 2, inspired by the recent Purple party at Jane Doe. There will be lots more from Sioux City and Östersund inside this issue – celebrating what has now passed into history. Friends of this blog will know what I am talking about.

This feels good…

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Well, we had a blast last night at Jane Doe, celebrating the legacy of Deep Purple. The place was half full at 19.00 when the party kicked off (which is unusual such early on I hear) and well before midnight it was just packed with people that wanted to enjoy some decent music in good company.

Five DJ´s had been invited and they all came along – Lars Ericsson, Staffan Eriksson, Jonas Öhlund, Björn Höglund and Michael “Mojo” Nilsson. Together, taking turns, they provided with seven hours of Purple Family music that went by quicker than I thought was possible. Jonas celebrated the legacy of Tommy Bolin between 21.00 and 22.00, playing everything from Billy Cobham, James Gang, Alphonse Mouzon to Purple and solo stuff. It went down very well.

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I had a good time chatting to people and giving out the accumulated presents – the CD´s, DVD´s, books etc. To some this was a highly unexpected bonus. Others knew it was coming. A friend of mine overheard somebody say “Is it always this good at Jane Doe?”.

There were no speaches or anything, just great music from the greatest musical family that rock has ever seen. It was nice to just be part of it all, to leave 99% of the music that was presented to the DJ´s. They seemed to have had a ball as well, I think we were all brothers and sisters of rock last night.

There will be a photographic record of this night in RETROFUTURE 7 next year. This is all part of me wanting to end proceedings in a nice way.

I would like to thank the good people at Jane Doe for allowing us to have had this party at their establishment. Also, a big thank you to the DJ´s and to Seth Nilsson and Martin Andersson.

I hope you all enjoyed it.

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Well, tonight is the night – the Deep Purple party at Jane Doe here in Östersund (Jämtland county, Sweden) is finally going to take place. Interest seems to be fairly high. The weather is fine (last Saturday saw quite a storm passing by), everybody seems to be ready to do their bit. The event will be photographed by myself and my friend Martin Andersson. I will film some of it as well.

Stay tuned for after party posts.

(Picture shows Deep Purple in 1975, official Warners shot)

Vikings

Posted: November 23, 2013 in TV & Movies

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Watching season 1 of Vikings and I have to say that this is a splendid series. Travis Fimmel plays Ragnar Lothbrok with plenty of charm and Katheryn Winnick his wife Lagertha, a shield maiden with many skills. Together, they are one hell of a team. Glad to finally see a show that deals with the Vikings, with all the action and the – up to this point – nearly untapped mythology.

Long may it reign.

Commando 4655-4658

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Commando - New issues

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Commando 4655-4658 is out today in the UK. See categories for a good deal should you want to subscribe.

Blondie Christmas special

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Comics

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Here is a Blondie Christmas special, currently on sale in Norway. I absolutely love that cover. I guess the time has come to look into all of this, but I do like Christmas so it is alright with me.

Bring it on.