Archive for July, 2015

RF8_cover

It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.

(My image on cover of this magazine)

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Fiske

Bought this book for the old collection – “Fiske i Sverige och övriga Norden” (Nordstedts 2015) by author Niclas Andersson – about 260 pages packed with good information and lovely images. I was into fishing when I was a kid but other interests took over. Now I´m looking to buy property close to good fishing waters and I don´t think that´s going to be a problem. There are plenty of lakes in these parts.

Got to get out of the city.

Bolinbox

This arrived in the mail today, the Tommy Bolin “Teaser – 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set”. Sporting three LP´s with a total of 15 tracks and a double live CD with 17 recordings, it´s a pretty wonderful thing. The music of Tommy Bolin lives on and his legacy is in good shape I´d say.

I discovered a show with Nazareth the other day on YouTube, recorded in New York in 1976 at the Radio City Music Hall as they opened for Tommy´s Deep Purple, and it made me wonder if there exists a good recording of the Purple show that night as well. Who knows? I do recall an interview that I did with Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty back in 1986 (when they had the “Cinema” album out), and I asked him about the Purple tour of 1976, and he did mention that he had warned Tommy about the drugs. Tommy then pointed out in his defense that Jimi Hendrix had been the greatest of them all, and he had done drugs back in his day. Dan then pointed out that “Jimi is dead”. I just got to think about it now.

Tommy recorded “Teaser”, his first solo album 40 years ago, and he also joined Deep Purple at that time.