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Got the new Tommy Bolin Calendar for 2014 in the mail today, courtesy of Trace Keane who works with the Bolin family in Sioux City. I also received a few snapshots of Johnnie Bolin (holding RETROFUTURE 6 – western edition) from Trace around Christmas.

Thank you – I appreciate it.

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Work has begun in ernest on RETROFUTURE 7 (spring/early summer 2014) and I just created this spread with pictures taken at the Tommy Bolin festivities in Sioux City in August (see earlier posts) and the recent Deep Purple party here in Östersund. As you may know, I sent 100 copies of RETROFUTURE 6 (Purple edition) to Sioux City and the party over here on November 23 was dedicated to Tommy Bolin. There will be 4 pages in all in RETROFUTURE 7 to honor what has taken place. If this is all news to you I suggest you check out this blog.

100 copies of RETROFUTURE 7 will be sent over to Sioux City.

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Well, we had a blast last night at Jane Doe, celebrating the legacy of Deep Purple. The place was half full at 19.00 when the party kicked off (which is unusual such early on I hear) and well before midnight it was just packed with people that wanted to enjoy some decent music in good company.

Five DJ´s had been invited and they all came along – Lars Ericsson, Staffan Eriksson, Jonas Öhlund, Björn Höglund and Michael “Mojo” Nilsson. Together, taking turns, they provided with seven hours of Purple Family music that went by quicker than I thought was possible. Jonas celebrated the legacy of Tommy Bolin between 21.00 and 22.00, playing everything from Billy Cobham, James Gang, Alphonse Mouzon to Purple and solo stuff. It went down very well.

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I had a good time chatting to people and giving out the accumulated presents – the CD´s, DVD´s, books etc. To some this was a highly unexpected bonus. Others knew it was coming. A friend of mine overheard somebody say “Is it always this good at Jane Doe?”.

There were no speaches or anything, just great music from the greatest musical family that rock has ever seen. It was nice to just be part of it all, to leave 99% of the music that was presented to the DJ´s. They seemed to have had a ball as well, I think we were all brothers and sisters of rock last night.

There will be a photographic record of this night in RETROFUTURE 7 next year. This is all part of me wanting to end proceedings in a nice way.

I would like to thank the good people at Jane Doe for allowing us to have had this party at their establishment. Also, a big thank you to the DJ´s and to Seth Nilsson and Martin Andersson.

I hope you all enjoyed it.

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My friend Maciek Szatko over in Poland, who contributed with an article about the classic tv-series Stawka to RETROFUTURE 6 (Western edition), has just sent me some images taken last weekend when friends of his from the Fan Club met with actor Stanislaw Mikulski. Seen here is the president of the club, Bogdan, with Mikulski getting the magazine and signing a couple of issues to Maciek and to yours truly. Now, that is an honour! Also seen here is a couple of shots on a tv-screen captured by Maciek.

The three page story about Stawka in RETROFUTURE 6 is something that I am very proud of. The show was a great success here in Sweden (as Kapten Kloss) when I was a kid and I have fond memories of watching it with my grandmother Agnes. Books and comics were also popular for some time. Nobody has written about this show for ages here, but we changed all that with this issue, the 100´th anniversary publication. I tend to ask people what they thought about the latest magazine, and the Stawka article has come up several times in such conversations. I like that. Mission accomplished!

(Big thanks to Maciek & The Stake´s Fans)

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Preparations for the upcoming Deep Purple party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland county, Sweden) on November 23 are complete. I am as ready as I can be, and today I took a snapshot of the accumulated stuff that will be given away for free in different ways on the night. What I have in store for the night is in fact nearly 400 magazines, 70 CD´s, 30 DVD´s, 40 books, 6 buttons, 2 t-shirts and a can koozie (!).

MAGAZINES – Everything from old DEEP PURPLE FOREVER issues to recent publications from RETROFUTURE. Add a few surprises, including a few copies of a MORE BLACK THAN PURPLE “Rainbow Rising” special issue, and you know what to look forward to. 35 different titles in all. Guests will be able to pick out whatever they want from two boxes. Some magazines will be spread out on the tables for viewing.

BOOKS – 7 copies of Jerry Bloom´s “Black Knight – Ritchie Blackmore”, 11 copies of “Glenn Hughes – The Autobiography”, 1 signed copy of Martin Popoff´s “Gettin´Tighter – Deep Purple ´68-´76”, 1 signed copy of Martin Popoff´s “A Castle Full Of Rascals – Deep Purple ´83-´09”, 10 copies of Anders Tengner´s “Access All Areas”, 10 copies of Tony Iommi´s “Iron Man”.

CD´s – 5 copies of Deep Purple´s “Live In Japan” (3 CD sets), 3 copies of Deep Purple´s “Copenhagen 1972”, 3 copies of Jon Lord´s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” (2012 version), 3 copies of Deep Purple´s “Paris 1975”, 5 copies of Deep Purple´s “Come Taste The Band”, 5 copies of Ian Gillan´s “Naked Thunder”, 5 copies of Rainbow´s “Live In Munich 1977”, 5 copies of Rainbow´s “The Very Best Of”, 5 copies of Deep Purple´s “Made In Japan”, 10 copies of Deep Purple´s “Deepest Purple”, 3 copies of Deep Purple´s “The BBC Sessions”, 7 copies of Tommy Bolin´s “Private Eyes”, 2 copies of Tommy Bolin´s “Whips And Roses”, 2 copies of Tommy Bolin´s “The Energy Radio Broadcasts”, 2 copies of Deep Purple´s “This Time Around – Live In Tokyo”, 1 copy of Tommy Bolin Band´s “Live 1/19/76”, 1 copy of Tommy Bolin´s “Zephyr Live”, 2 copies of Tommy Bolin Band´s “Live At The Northern Lights Recording Studio, September 22 1976”.

DVD´s – 3 copies of Deep Purple´s “Copenhagen 1972”, 10 copies of Deep Purple´s “Australia 1999”, 3 copies of Jon Lord´s “With Pictures”, 14 copies of Deep Purple´s “Deepest Purple” (CD/DVD version).

The t-shirts, buttons and the can koozie is Tommy Bolin related.

This is the final post about this before the night, pictures from the event will appear on this blog on Sunday. A full story and plenty of snapshots will be published in RETROFUTURE 7 in 2014. This will also cover the Tommy Bolin festivities that were held in Sioux City in August.

A big thank you to all that have contributed. To the Tommy Bolin Archives, Deep Purple Overseas, Warners, Edel and Martin Popoff. See earlier posts for more information about the party (see categories).

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Party_preps 

Loads of work connected to the upcoming Deep Purple party of mine at Jane Doe here in Östersund (Jämtland county, Sweden), planned to take place on Saturday November 23 (kicking off at 19.00, see earlier posts). Hundreds and hundreds of magazines (RETROFUTURE 6 – both editions) with information about the party is going out right now in many ways, many of them simply dropped in mail boxes in the general area. Pictured here is part of a couple of hundred RETROFUTURE 6 (Purple edition) that I have just prepared. Needless to say, this is one hell of a campaign. But it is all part of me ending this hobby of mine with some interesting moments – and a proper Deep Purple party is obviously going to be a good one. 62 out of the 100 magazines that I have published since 1978 have been Deep Purple Fan Club issues (DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE existed 1978-1983 and DEEP PURPLE FOREVER 1991-2003). Many interviews and articles have been in print after that as well, as many of you know. Plenty of magazines will be up for grabs on this night (see earlier post).

Packages with books, DVD´s, CD´s etc are still coming in. Fans will have a decent shot at getting something for free on this night. I am calling in lots of favours and some real goodwill from great people that I have been in touch with over the years. Some of the response has been very heartwarming to say the least.

I will present a snapshot before the night showing it all. Any Purple related club (or artist) out there that wants to add something to this certainly can. I have noticed that plenty of people have picked up on this. I can be contacted through this blog (see categories).

Local media (newspapers and radio) has been notified about the party, we will see if somebody picks up on this before it happens or if somebody decides to just cover it on the night in question.

Tasted one of the drinks they are creating at Jane Doe for the party last week, very tasty. Somebody will get hammered… I detected a bottle of Fireball Whisky as well, I didn´t know that such a brand existed. Google it! Very fitting for this night I would say.

As I have said before there will not be a band but I have called some friends in to do the music as DJ´s. I don´t want to mention names, let it be a surprise for the night! I do feel blessed by the response. Nobody is making any money on this (except the establishment, but that´s OK, good fun to support a local rock club I say) – this is for the love of Deep Purple and the Purple family and all the great music. And for meeting people that share this love.

I will drop off 50 copies of RETROFUTURE 6 (Purple edition) at Jane Doe tomorrow (Thursday), with a heads up about the party.

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Last year we (the RETROFUTURE team) visited Brunflo Kastal in Jämtland County, to take some snapshots of the battlegrounds of 1644, when a Swedish army defeated the locals under Norwegian command. Jämtland belonged to Norway back then, and plenty of wars were fought over the centuries before these crucial days when history took place in these parts. The wars were not yet over, but Jämtland became a Swedish County in 1645 and it still is to this day.

Yesterday we returned to this place and delivered 100 free copies of RETROFUTURE 6 (Western edition) – with a centre spread about the 1644 battle – to people living in this area, including the villages Hälle and Gärde that were burnt to the ground in the battle.

This is all part of my current RETROFUTURE project in which about 10.000 magazines have now gone out like this around Jämtland, especially around Lake Storsjön, The Great Lake.

It is a lovely project and the feedback has been very good.

(Photograph by Seth Nilsson – many thanks!)