Archive for the ‘My photographs’ Category

More pictures from Jamtli Museum in Östersund yesterday. Most of the 220 Volt and Tina Moe related stuff that I found on display comes right out of my collection (I worked with them for a bit back in the day). Slightly weird to see it in a museum like this decades later.

This was on the first floor, I found more stuff downstairs. In any case I guess it pays off to be a collector at the end of the day. Sooner or later, it becomes history.

I remember creating this 220 Volt ticket for a 1983 show at Gamla Teatern in Östersund. Nobody else had done this sort of thing on the local scene before, getting it just right. I forgot to put in the time of the show though… Ouch… This gig was actually dedicated to the memory of Deep Purple (that did not exist at that point). I met Jon Lord as a freelancing journalist as this went down in Stockholm as he visited with Whitesnake and told him about this gig. He kindly wrote a nice letter thanking the lads for their dedication. Still has the letter in my collection, it was not on display here though.

Tina Moe Tour Poster from 1983. I saw a show that year in Östersund earlier when she was an unknown and told CBS about her. They signed her within weeks (as they had 220 Volt). It was a beautiful time in my life.

Good days.


Swedish artist Lill-Babs has passed away. She was a working artist since the late 1950s and had more success at home than most can even dream of. Many are the 45s from the 1960s and 1970s that I recall with joy, not least the “Manolito” single from 1968. I do own a Double CD with a lot of these songs. Lyricist Stikkan Anderson made a fortune working with Lill-Babs and would later invest in ABBA. When that went through the roof in 1974 he was their manager. No Lill-Babs, no ABBA? Maybe. In any case, this is the second Icon that we have lost in Sweden inside of two weeks (see earlier post about Jerry Williams) and that is just sad. A friend of mine, bass player Lars Ericsson worked with her in recent times and he considered her a class act. He would know.

(Pictures seen here are said single and three shots from her Museum in Järvsö from the old archives)

I decided to take a few snapshots on my way to the local store this afternoon, to document the last snow before it has all melted away. I am standing when these shots are taken, no crawling around near the ground for effect or anything like that. Just so that you know.

First sound you hear in the morning in these parts are the brave souls that are up clearing the ways for traffic and pedestrians. Many are the days when you beat it to them, battling your way forward with snow halfway up to your knees.

You can see that the streets are visible now. When I see the asphalt I know Spring is is here.

I am not complaining, just stating the facts. If anything, I love the seasons. This is life.

I love Jämtland (County). I love Sweden.

It was five years ago now that I published the 28 page Tornado Blaze novel magazine. The novel itself went out in two parts and ended in RETROFUTURE 6 roughly six months later. The model is the very wonderful Ellinor Nordbakk, she was later interviewed about this adventure for the final issue of RETROFUTURE, and you can read that here.

Good days.

Saw a number of aircraft chemtrailing the hell out of the sky from different locations around the Southern tip of Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) today. I first noticed a couple of them at mid-day. More planes popped up in the next hour and a half, all chemtrailing the area towards the Sun. These effectively produce a haze like effect of the sky, and you can not get a clear view of the Sun. On this image you can see the trails from several aircraft spreading out. From the upper left corner an additional plane is coming in. This sort of traffic is not normal in this area, so this is sticking out quite a bit even if you think this is just contrails. They dissipate, they do not hang on and create cloud formations.

This is a nice shot of the Sun going down, but the sky has been dimmed. I have seen this on numerous occations in the last few years, both in the morning and at night. Always in the general direction of the Sun. This is going on all over the world. I say follow the money. Where are the Green movement in all this? And what are the potential health risks?

For more information on this subject, search for Geoengineering. See the film “What in the world are they spraying?” here.

Some day I will find the property of my dreams. Today was not that day. Nice little village, but way too much work on the house in question.

Maybe next time?

Every now and then I need a good little project to sink my teeth into and after decades of publishing magazines (over 100 all in all) and with a background as a freelance journalist that goes way back to the early 1980s I have decided to publish a book. It will be a pilot project of sorts and I will publish this myself. The subject matter will be Babymetal. With little or no real press coverage at all in Sweden for Babymetal so far, I feel that I can help out in a small way to give this excellent Japanese phenomenon some attention in these parts. I have a working title, it will be in Swedish and I will send out copies to many newspapers and news outlets when the project is completed. With any luck (fingers crossed), there will be a new album coming up in 2018, if that happens nobody on earth would be happier than me. Only the Fox God knows.

I took the decision to do this about five weeks ago. I will have 10 weeks off from my regular work starting next week and the Babymetal project will commence then in ernest. This is a heads-up that this is going to happen but it is too early to give out details about a publishing date. At this point, I will concentrate on the actual writing. Later on I will hunt down whatever I need for the book as far as photographs and Babymetal fan art goes (I really would like to showcase some of that). Anybody that wants to get in touch can do this now though, I don´t mind. But a general call to arms will go out through this blog sometime after the Su-metal birthday gigs in Hiroshima.

Really looking forward to this.


Mike Eriksson


(Top image shows myself and a few magazines etc – the images of me, Tarja Turunen, Jon Lord & David Coverdale was taken by Michael Johansson back when we roamed the earth)