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It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.

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Friends of RETROFUTURE can now grab a free copy of RETROFUTURE 8 at the Library here in Östersund (Jämtland County). A big thank you to my friend Thomas Drugg for all the help through the years.

Great feedback from prominent journalists, I´ll keep it to myself though.

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What a night. I´m battling a cold but I had to put on a brave face and attend the RETROFUTURE 8 release party at Jane Doe (see earlier posts for details). It was very nice to spend some quality time with Thomas Drevin and Björn Höglund though, as they played Kiss and Deep Purple classics all night long.

I´ll take a few days off from blogging right now, and try to get back on track.

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220 Volt guitarist Thomas Drevin joins the RETROFUTURE 8 release party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland County) on March 4, siding up with drummer Björn Höglund as resident DJ´s for the night. Word is there will be a Battle of The Bands type thing going with Kiss & Deep Purple classics blasting out of the speakers. I´ve known Thomas for a long time, we even did our compulsary military stint together at the F4 Air Force base back in the day. But then there was 220 Volt, the band that he created from scratch with guitarist Mats Karlsson and which got signed by CBS in late 1982. Thomas did two albums with the band back then, “220 Volt” (1983) and “Power Games” (1984), and he has been part of the band ever since the comeback around 2002 again. I also recall a project he had for a while that was called Daylight Dealer (great name for a rock outfit), that never released an album. In any case, what a wonderful thing to see Thomas at this release party next week.

Press cutting is from LT (a local newspaper), from July 16 1983 (written by Per G. Orvegård). Got loads of cuttings in the old vaults.

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There will be a release party for RETROFUTURE 8 (the last issue ever) in Östersund (Jämtland County) at Jane Doe on March 4, kicking off at 19.00. People can just pop in, have a few beers/drinks, listen to great music (lots of Kiss & Deep Purple for sure) and grab a magazine (or two) free of charge. Details will follow on this blog, but I can say that drummer Björn Höglund, one of the authors for the Kiss Special in this issue, will be one of the DJ´s for the night.

Jane Doe was the club that sported the great Deep Purple party I had back in November 2013, so this is the perfect location for this. RETROFUTURE 8 sports a Kiss Special (including an exclusive interview with legendary POSTER/OKEJ publisher Hans Hatwig), with writers such as Michael Mojo, Björn and Chris Laney adding their magic. There´s also some David Coverdale & Whitesnake stuff, some Judas Priest and Deep Purple. The rest is what it is, it really is one hell of an issue.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Here we go then – RETROFUTURE 8 has arrived from the printers. Copies will be mailed this week. On the local side, the fun will begin soon, but more on this later. Busy days right now, both at work and on my spare time. Crazy really. But time off is coming and that will give me a chance to concentrate on this.

This is a strong issue. It had to be.

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I´m very happy about the five page article that is coming up in RETROFUTURE 8 about the prepping phenomenon. I did put a lot of effort into this story and you´re not likely to find anything like it in our media elsewhere. Really, when you look at this issue, you could be excused for thinking that I own a friggin´time machine – the subject matter of several articles are red hot. As far as prepping goes, Swedish media reported this week that the government has conducted an investigation into this matter recently and the conclusion is that Swedes are not prepared at all, most will have supplies for one day (!) only, and people might not be willing to share their stuff (food etc) with others should anything happen. In other words, the average Swede is truly fucked.

Well, go figure…