Archive for the ‘Fanzines – backissues’ Category


I can see that one of my old publications, Deep Purple Magazine (issue) 27 (published in 1982) was sold on ebay for 55 bucks a while back. I see that sort of thing every now and then, which is pretty cool.

And, sometimes, a little sad…


DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE (issue) 24 was published 35 years ago, back in December 1981. MK4 cover with a nice shot by Simon Robinson taken in Liverpool 1976 (last gig in the 1970s). This was a good period in my life, I had established loads of contacts and I was writing for a growing number of publications. I was only 20 but I was meeting rock stars all the time and it was fast becoming a lifestyle.

Nice to have all these memories.


I published issue 3 of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER back in September 1991, so it has been 25 years now. Fantastic cover shot of Ian Gillan by photographer Michael Johansson. Part of me miss those days, we didn´t even know how lucky we were did we?

Now we know.


One of my old publications. This is issue 3 of LUCY IN THE SKY (published in March 2002) and it sports a rather nice Patricia Parker cover. She made three covers for this magazine. I published five. I have mentioned this before but I am rather excited about the Xena reboot that is coming up. Lucy Lawless will not be there I guess but it is still interesting.

Good memories.


I love newsstands. We call them kiosks here in Sweden. As a publisher of over 100 magazines you may guess that this whole thing about magazines is a passion. I guess this blog says it all. When I took a few snapshots of a classic newsstand at the Jamtli museum grounds yesterday – see the Sweden rocks (2) post – a nice little idea popped up in my head. Why not build one of these things and put it out in the yard, just for the hell of it? Yeah, why the hell not?


I will buy my own property some day, so I will have the space to do it. These things are pretty small so it wouldn´t be all that expensive to build one, so I think it may be a fun thing to do. I could certainly model it on a classic newsstand, like the one you see here. There used to be thousands of them, now you hardly ever see them.

I would have an absolute ball with a project like this. And I would fill it up with my own publications and try to get stuff that makes it look authentic. Like old signs etc.

Yep, I will add this to the runestone project. Got to have some fun you know.


It was 25 years ago now that I published issue 2 of my DEEP PURPLE FOREVER magazine. It was the second club and magazine for the Deep Purple Family and it was to last 13 years and 32 issues. I kept the covers of DPF very clean, just a logo and a good shot. This one was a bit unique in that it sported a MK3 image over the front and back. Years later, photographer Michael Johansson took a snapshot of Cozy Powell holding up an article about himself from this issue. He was in Sweden to promote work with Yngwie Malmsteen at the time (June 1997). It became the centre spread in issue 28.

Good days.


Here is a glimpse of the past. As some of you will probably know by now I started out my publishing career with a club called Deep Purple Freak Society (1978-1983) that published a fanzine called DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE. Well, here is issue 22 from back in May 1981, and it sports a rather nice cover shot of Ritchie Blackmore from his Swedish stint with Rainbow back in the day by photographer Hasse Ivarsson.

Humble beginnings sometimes pays off though, and it certainly did for me.