All those years ago

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General, Jämtland (County), Retrofuture


Here´s a picture of me from around 1982. I had done my stint in the army (which was compulsary in Sweden back in the day) and I was about to wrap up the DEEP PURPLE FREAK SOCIETY club that I was busy with back then. I was giving a helping hand to local act 220 Volt at the time, and a friend of mine at CBS listened to a demo and brought them in. I was also writing for my first newspaper, Helsingborgs Dagblad, and the subject was hard rock. I saw a lot of bands and it wouldn´t be long before I was interviewing most of them. I was on a journey but I really had no clue how much fun that I would have in the next decade or so. At 30, I actually dropped that lifestyle that I had managed to create. I recall the moment when I took the decision – I was conducting an interview with Toto (the seventh one, incidentally) and I was sitting there thinking “Here I am again, I wonder if this guy is thinking the same thing…”. So I dropped out and went back to creating fanzines just for the hell of it – first DEEP PURPLE FOREVER, which enabled me to continue with the Deep Purple family at least – later on with other titles, which ended recently with the last issue of RETROFUTURE. 102 magazines in all.

I look at this picture now and think “You have no idea what is coming”, and I didn´t. But doors opened and it happened real fast. I´m such a lucky bastard, I really am.

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