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Bought this for the old collection, Jerry Bloom´s “Deep Purple – Time To Kill” (Wymer, 2019). A large format 132 page Limited Edition (500 copies) book on Ritchie Blackmore´s final days in Deep Purple. It all went down in 1992-1993 as Purple fired Joe Lynn Turner and lured Ian Gillan back in, and what you get is that final shitload of drama that occured on “The Battle Rages On” tour. What basically happened was that Blackmore was dethroned, everybody including the management had had enough. The plot backfired, so to speak and Purple carried on with Joe Satriani in Japan. Of course they have lived on in harmony ever since, which says a lot. The author have used a good chunk of my interview with Turner that I made right after he was fired from the band. Bit of a classic if I may say so (it was posted on this blog in August 2012). Well, this era deserved a book and here it is. Good job.

(My image of said book, seen here with the slipcase and the bonus photographs)

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Added a third Sakura Gakuin Photo Book to the old collection through eBay recently, and like the others it was published when the gals in Babymetal was still part of this School Project. In other words, you get a lot of good stuff from the formative years of what is now a legendary offshoot from Sakura Gakuin. Seen on the cover of this book we have Ayaka Miyoshi, Ayami Mutou and Airi Matsui, all of whom has gone on to fine careers in the Japanese entertainment industry. Looks like all three has signed this book too, which makes it a pretty wonderful collectors item right there. I did get Suzuka Nakamoto´s autograph in the book that she had the cover of (that would be Su-metal, the singer in Babymetal), so having four autographs from the early days of this entity is not bad. Also, Ayami Mutou was in the Karen Girl´s in 2008-2010 with Suzuka, whom was the youngest of them in that outfit. The quality of these photo books is top notch, they are not cheap but they are cool. I guess this is what you could call a guilty pleasure?

(My image of said book)

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

Added this notebook to the old collection, a Japanese print from Toshiba EMI Music, covering the “Come Taste The Band” and “24 Carat Purple” albums (the latter a well beloved compilation from 1975). Lyrics are included. Nice cover shot by photographer Kenji Miura from the Japanese tour in December 1975. Not sure what year this was published but it certainly looks good. Had no idea that this existed until quite recently (I like eBay due to Babymetal, and once you are browsing…).

(My image of said book)

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

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Got some new furniture delivered today and one of the items was a small table for computer work. So as of today this blog is handled in this little corner. Behind it, hidden behind a door, is this beauty…

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So, little by little, the man cave takes shape. I have a couple of major projects to deal with in the coming weeks. No rest just yet, but it is great fun. I have to admit that.

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

(My images)

Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Posted: April 7, 2019 in Books, General

Author Geoff Dyer published a book called “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” (Penguin Books) last year. It is an homage to the classic WWII movie “Where Eagles Dare”.

The Art of Ian Kennedy

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, General

Due out in April from Heritage Comics in the UK, we have a book celebrating legendary artist Ian Kennedy. Titled “The Art of Ian Kennedy”, we will get 160 pages of his work in this Volume.

Nice.

I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)