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Samurai!

Posted: July 8, 2019 in Books

Well I read this book over the weekend, “Samurai! – The Autobiography Of Japan´s World War II Flying Ace” (Uncommon Valor Press, 2015) by Saburo Sakai. Originally in print in 1957, it gives the reader an unparalleled insight into the Japanese side of the war. This is by far the best account of air battle that I have ever encountered. The fact that Saburo Sakai survived the war is nothing short of a miracle. By the end of the war he had downed 64 Allied aircraft in places like China, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and other theaters of war. He flew his last missions over the burning cities of Japan in 1945. The stories in this book will hit the reader as a brick wall, one by one. Nobody should ever have to go through this kind of ordeal. The book is dedicated to all pilots, on both sides, that never returned home.

(My image of said book)

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The truth is out there

Posted: July 6, 2019 in Books, Cool stuff, General

Just got the new Graham Hancock book “America Before – The Key To Earth´s Lost Civilisation” (Coronet, 2019) delivered and judging by his earlier work (and by new interviews I have seen) it is going to be pretty exciting stuff. Graham Hancock has blown the official history of mankind right out of the water with his groundbreaking work and it is truly annoying at this point that history books of today are still stuck in the past completely ignoring everything we know now. At this point I pretty much think that we have a cover-up of sorts going on and that that in itself (should it be true) is a crime against the principles of science. I think we will know more in time and I also think that all this is partly linked with the fact that we are not alone and it is all tied to a mindset that should have ended decades ago from those in the know. I think we are ready for the truth. It is long overdue.

We live in interesting times.

(My image of his classic trilogy)

Got to love eBay. Sooner or later you will find what you desire, and I just landed the Babymetal Fan Club (The One) Box “Live At Tokyo Dome” (2016). Two complete concerts (four CDs and two Blu-rays), a superb Photo Book and more. These boxes are expensive now, but just wait for a few years and the price tag will be astronomical. I already own the official Blu-ray that came out in Japan (why not worldwide is beyond me), but this the De Luxe one. The Photo Book is incredible. This is my fourth Babymetal Super Box from Japan, I hope to get more goodies later on. It is rather wonderful to collect this stuff.

(Thank you for your support Kalle)

(My image of said box)

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)

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)