Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Christina Lindberg clearly had to be on the cover of “Swedish Sensationsfilms” (Bazillion Point Books, 2011) by author Daniel Ekeroth, and there she is. Anything with Christina goes straight into the old collection. Tarantino certainly draws inspiration from some of this stuff, but this era is largely forgotten now. The book captures a lot though and some of these films made headlines back in the day. There will never ever be a book about the crap that is produced in this country these days. It is all done in Norway now.

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Classics Illustrated

Posted: June 30, 2020 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby

I grew up with the Swedish edition of Classics Illustrated (soon to be showcased here) but the original was obviously American. I was very happy when this book came out, fleshing out the history of this title in great detail. “Classics Illustrated – A Cultural History, with Illustrations” (McFarland & Company, 2002) by William B. Jones Jr., is the real deal. 272 pages.

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If you go back to the 1970s there was only two or three photographers in rock that really stood out. One of these was German photographer Didi Zill. He used to work with Deep Purple and in 2013 the first edition of his big “Deep Purple” book (436 pages) from publishers Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf saw release. It includes pictures from 1970 to 1990 (and includes solo projects), and there are a second updated version that takes it into the 2000s. This is the original. Classic stuff.

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This 1969 High Chaparral Annual from the UK is a pretty cool reminder of the good old days. Popular TV-shows used to get books like this, certainly in the UK. You get a bunch of comics, short novels (with added art) and Western mythology presented in a way that is attractive to a certain audience. I suspect these were popular Christmas presents in many families back in the day. Nice cover.

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I have just showcased a couple of issues of Swedish publication Bild Journalen. Well, here is a book about the magazine in question. “Boken om Bild Journalen” (Premium Publishing, 2011) by authors Börje Lundberg and Ammi Bohm explore this classic title (that existed 1954-1969) over a whopping 584 pages (drop this and you are likely to hurt yourself). I really love books like this, jam packed with everything you ever wanted to see and know. Great magazine, huge legacy.

(My shot of said book)

Henry Darrow

Posted: June 26, 2020 in Books, Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Best Western show ever has to be High Chaparral. Henry Darrow portrayed Manolito, and boy did he do a good job. If you want to know more about the man I suggest this book, “Henry Darrow – Lightning In The Bottle” (BearManor Media, 2012). Co-written with Jan Pippins. 394 pages.

(My shot of said book)

Robin Hood

Posted: June 25, 2020 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby, TV & Movies

Got to love Robin Hood. Errol Flynn captured the role perfectly in the classic film “The Adventures Of Robin Hood” back in 1938 and nobody ever eclipsed that. There were countless books and comics and the old school stuff is still the best. When this book popped up, “Robin Hood – A Classic Illustrated Edition” (Chronicle Books, 2002), I was happy to see it. Lovingly put together by E. Charles Vivian and Cooper Edens, it brings out a lot of imagery and material as well as the story itself. 176 pages. No images from movies though, so no Flynn. The cover art comes from Classics Illustrated, I know that from just seeing it. Lovely stuff.

(My shot of said book)

Buck Danny

Posted: June 24, 2020 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

Buck Danny is still published in Norway (in some of the Tempo books), but I bought this German edition (Salleck Publications, 2012) just to have it in the collection. I mean, I can understand German up to a point but I would not read a book. It is super cool though. 188 pages in full colour. Loads of facts about the comic plus two complete adventures set to the Battle Of The Coral Sea and The Battle Of Midway. Buck Danny came along in 1947 and initially it was a WWII comic. By 1954 it changed and started to be more current. A few albums were published here in Sweden in the 1970s. Glad to see that it is still out there.

(My shot of said book)

Thank God for the basement (music room/library), which is half underground. It is the one place where it is a bit chilly in the entire house. It is crazy hot outside and I intend to take it easy on this vacation. I will not travel, maybe a trip or two to the city but that is it. I have a few things to do but I have time to relax and I will certainly blog more than usual in the next few weeks. I do enjoy the blog and I have even prepared images to future blog posts (certainly for the Old School Magazines & Comics series). I will take this opportunity to showcase some very cool books as well (as promised). And whatever else I fancy along the way. I will add a classic Accept interview to the blog in July. I will have some fun with this.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

(My shot from the basement)


Third day on my annual holiday and I am starting to relax. Here is some of the current stuff that I indulge in right now. Three UK publications in Planet Rock (21), Total Guitar (333) and Classic Rock (276). Glad they are still around. Then we have Norwegian comic book Pionér (4), John Nichol´s “Spitfire” (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Norwegian Tex Willer (667) and a couple of albums – Vandenberg “2020” and Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends “Hands Of Jack The Ripper” (recorded live 1970 with Ritchie Blackmore, Nick Simper, Keith Moon and others – thank you Kalle for giving me this rare release!). Good stuff for different reasons all of it.


It was a beautiful thing to discover that Planet Rock had Deep Purple´s “Made In Japan” at #1 in their major feature on The 100 Greatest Live Albums. Nice article about it too with some interesting quotes on what went down back in the day. First spread has a great live shot from Japan (only credited to the Getty agency). Too bad they never thought about filming it as well, but nobody could have known how important this would become (inside a year, and to this day for Purple).

Good times.

(My shots of said publications and releases)