Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

On September 5 2013 I blogged about me putting my old MAD pocket book collection in a box for the eventual move to the countryside some day, and now I am happy to report that they can now be found in a nice little corner in my new man cave. Feels good. Behind them you can spot some classic Marvel and DC Comics stuff.

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Having a bit of fun with the man cave updates and I can see in the stats that people enjoy this stuff. So today I will share some images of the upstairs library, kind of a general overview and how I made it look kind of cool. Well, it is a man cave after all. So let us take a look at this (sacred) corner in my new place shall we. I will begin with this general shot of this part, then close in on the cool stuff.

So at the upper right corner we have this, a nice couple of items. Note that the porcelain figurine on the right is holding a book. And I have always had a weak spot for model ships, so I grabbed me this one when I saw it a few years ago.

On the tallest shelf we have some Deep Purple related stuff. First a nice cardboard ad for the 1993 “The Battle Rages On” album, then a signed photograph of Joe Lynn Turner that I had framed (picture was shot in Stockholm back in 1991 by Dennis Karlsson).

Then moving left we have some interesting – and wildly different – items from the old collection. To the right we have a Frank Frazetta (limited edition) collectors item that has been made to look like one of his most famous artworks (also featured on the cover of the first Molly Hatchet album back in 1978). Spent a bit of money on that one, but it looks great.

Here is a few shots of four very different works, but I like them all and I think it looks OK.

This Vampirella figurine was added to the old collection about 20 years ago, had a bit of a Vampirella thing going then (collecting books etc).

This framed photograph of mid nineties Rainbow popped up in the mail when I had the DEEP PURPLE FOREVER club going. It has been signed by Ritchie Blackmore, which is kind of nice (had to frame it obviously!).

Then lets move to the two shelves you see here to the left (I will skip the small shelf in the corner for now). Viewed from the opposite side of this room, it all looks rather swell (I think).

Bought this painting of two battling ships in a second hand store about 10 years ago. Now it sits well beside the Leaves´ Eyes limited edition collectors item that I got when I bought the 2009 “Njord” box.

And finally, we have this. A classic Deep Purple bootleg (signed by David Coverdale in Stockholm 1981, I have blogged about this before). And what you see on the right is what it looks to be, and I like the look.

So, that was fun. Thanks for watching.

Purple Power

Posted: January 22, 2019 in Books, Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General

For years I mistook this book to be a DVD documentary with an added bonus in the form of a book. I have seen so many versions of such releases that I started to ignore them, although I am a collector. I finally bought a copy of it – “Deep Purple: Uncensored On The Record” (Archive Media Publishing, 2012) by author Jerry Bloom – and it turned out to be roughly 224 pages of history that covers the 1968-1976 period (with some final words about later goings on to kind of round things up). Some nice shots in black/white. I have a few quotes in it, which is fine. Not the first time a book lifts something from my past and the 1981 interview with Jon Lord has been raided on several occations before.

Turbo writer

Posted: January 18, 2019 in Books, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Martin Popoff has another book on Judas Priest out, “Turbo ´til Now”. Well they keep on coming, and fast.

Born Again!

Posted: January 11, 2019 in Books, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Canadian author Martin Popoff has just published “Born Again! – Black Sabbath In The Eighties And Nineties”. This guy will go down in history as the ultimate Classic Rock & Heavy Metal historian.

Managed to secure a copy of the rare Wembley 2016 box by Babymetal, issued to the members of the Fan Club called The One that year. These boxes are awesome in every way, you do get value for money. And they will only get ever more expensive on the second hand market (like eBay).

What you get is the April 2 2016 concert at the Wembley SSE Arena in London on two CDs and the Blu-ray from said concert. Now the CD is out in Europe, but the Blu-ray/DVD is not (although I do own it). What really makes this box super exclusive is the amazing photo book with fantastic shots from this gig (most of them by Dana “Distortion” Yavin).

Needless to say, this is pure gold. It was a spectacular show and Dana captured the very essence of what they are on this night. The magic of classic Babymetal in full flight. I hope Dana publish a Babymetal photo book of her own some day. She was there as early as 2014 when Babymetal performed at the Budokan in Tokyo, and later on Stateside and elsewhere (Paris etc etc).

Absolutely superb.

(Thank you Kalle for helping me secure this gem)

Flashman

Posted: January 3, 2019 in Books, Cool stuff, General, Magazines

UK publication The Oldie takes a look at the classic Flashman books in the February issue. Penned by George Macdonald Fraser, starting in 1969, these books can still be ordered today (and with great covers to boot!).

This just begs to be part of the old collection.