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I published DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE (issue) 4 40 years ago (1979). It was the early days of my fanzine making hobby and I had a lot of fun in reaching out to the Deep Purple community in Sweden. This simple publication did give people a place to rally and I made friends then that I still have to this day. The hobby also quickly catapulted me to being able to write for newspapers and popular magazines. All that started with this innocent, but oh so fanatical fanzine. This particular issue also featured a Deep Purple comic about MK3 by Thomas Eklund. I will showcase more covers on this blog from those days later on.

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Located this wonderful Modesty Blaise cloth and figured it would look pretty good in the hobby room. Added some classic badges (Tommy Bolin, Rainbow, Whitesnake & Black Sabbath) to it and it looks pretty OK I think. I am getting a lot of stuff done at the new place now. Looks like I might live there exclusively by April.

Whitesnake is set to release the 13th studio album “Flesh & Blood” on May 10. The first video has appeared on YouTube, “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (Jaguar Edition). That is the same car as seen in the 1987 video for the hit song “Is This Love”, and David Coverdale is wearing the same blue suit as in the old video in this one as well. Sort of an homage to the good old days. His wife Cindy can also be spotted in the video, as they drive off together towards the end of the song. As a first video to support the upcoming album it is not bad, this tune is rather catchy and it is a bit of a party song.

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.

You have got to hand it to David Coverdale for attending the back catalogue of Whitesnake in such a beautiful way. Coming up in about 30 days we have the 35th Anniversary editions of “Slide It In”. Due out in several formats, the big prize has to be “The Ultimate Special Edition” that features six CDs, one DVD and a book. Sure this is expensive, but as a longstanding fan that loved this stuff back in the day (and lived it) it is a rather wonderful thing. Many bands never get to go back to their past like this but since Coverdale is in full control, and has the time to look this over and make it happen, here it is. And this is a good album to give this treatment since there was two versions of it to begin with, as Geffen Records added John Sykes to it and had them re-mix it for the US market. If you really want to see the transition from the old to the MTV era Whitesnake, this is where it all went down. “Slide It In” is a bonafide classic.

Good days.

I published the very first issue of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER in February 1991. Deep Purple had released “Slaves And Masters” in October 1990 and this featured Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. My friend (photographer) Michael Johansson sat down with Yngwie Malmsteen in early January 1991 with a tape recorder (yes, we had them back in the day) and got his impressions of the album, track by track. Of course it was difficult for Yngwie since he had worked with Turner in his own band, so the “nostalgia factor” of the reunion was gone. We used to do things like this, I really treasure those days and I think we created a pretty decent fan club type thing. The cover shot of the first issue of Ritchie Blackmore was taken in Copenhagen back in 1988 (by Mr Johansson) as he entered the stage during the introduction of “Highway Star”. Brilliant picture I have to say. But let us see what Yngwie had to say about “Slaves And Masters”. Enjoy.

KING OF DREAMS – “Pretty interesting intro, but something makes it a bit lame. I think Ian Paice is to blame for this. The other problem I have is that I have been a huge fan for 20 years and at this point I feel negative about the whole thing, before even listening. To me, Deep Purple is MK 2 back in the day. You can not beat “Made In Japan” and “In Rock”. On top of that, I had Joe Lynn Turner in my band so it is hard to be objective. I think it sounds good but it does not feel like it is Deep Purple. They used to be aggressive and there was a pioneer spirit. I see nothing like that now. Joe is singing well on this song but Ritchie is not delivering as he surely could”.

THE CUT RUNS DEEP – “I love the intro to this song! Fucking great. And the riff that Blackmore delivers is one of his best ever, actually. Extremely good. Very nice groove. Joe is singing well but as soon as I hear him it is not Purple anymore. I am not trying to bullshit him, it is just the way it is. Boring lyrics, love and fucking. Musically, this is the best track on the album. Jon is like a God. Paice is like a drum machine, but Jon, what a guy! Best song since the early Rainbow albums for Ritchie. Roger? Well…”.

FIRE IN THE BASEMENT – “I can only comment on this song in one way – fucking shit! Too common, same old boring riffs. Standard stuff, boring. What else have we got?”.

TRUTH HURTS – “Good mid temp song. Had I not known it was Deep Purple, I would have considered it an interesting tune. My kind of song, but it is hard to place it under the Purple banner. Next”.

BREAKFAST IN BED – “This is the one that everybody likes, is it not? Sounds like a “Stormbringer” song. Not sure what to say, it does not attract me much. They kind of drag it out and not much is happening. Pretty boring. And Paice is holding back on every song. He sounds tired. Maybe he was bored? Lord is pretty good. Blackmore? Well the standard he set on “Fireball” is not there is it. But it is still better than what I have heard in recent years. The production is a bit boring. The drums is bringing it down”.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL – “Great beginning with strings. What is this called? “Love Conquers All”? It reminds me of one of my songs, “Dreaming”, right in the beginning. Pretty good, not lyrically though. Next.”.

FORTUNETELLER – “Joe is singing extremely well here, no doubt about that. Good song, good arrangement. Maybe a tad too laidback? It does not feel like Deep Purple, but it is not a bad album. That is how I view it. Next”.

TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH – “Joe wrote this for my “Odyssey” record, but I vetoed it. Too common, you have heard it all before”.

WICKED WAYS – “Now this is Deep Purple! Fucking great! So lets see, the best songs are “The Cut Runs Deep”, “Wicked Ways”, “Fortuneteller” and “Truth Hurts”. It is cool that the old dudes are still at it. A lot of people say they should have quit when they were on top, but that is not easy. If you are a musician or a painter or whatever, you have to do it until you croak. I know I will. To sum up this album, it is OK, nothing more, nothing less. I think “The House Of Blue Light” is the best album that they have produced since the reunion. “Nobody´s Perfect” is a piece of crap, Blackmore is so bad on that”.

And here we are, nearly 30 years later. And Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen are still out there doing what they do best.

How cool is that?

(Note: The first issue of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER is very expensive on auction sites these days)

I actually missed to give this a nod in January, but here we go. I published DEEP PURPLE FOREVER (issue) 22 in January 1999. The cover shots were taken by Michael Johansson at Solna-hallen in Stockholm on October 3 1998. Several interviews in this one, as was the norm back in the day. The first 200 to pay for this issue got a signed picture of ex-Rainbow singer Doogie (or Dougie) White. I recall printing them, shipping them over to him in the UK and then getting them back.

He did write a few words on these so everybody got something special. I kept one for myself (and framed it) and it says “Tried for three years – Dougie White 99” (yes it was Dougie then, it changed a bit later on). In any case, it was a good period for the DEEP PURPLE FOREVER club and I had a blast doing it.

Good times.