Archive for the ‘The Great Lake Monster’ Category

Might as well scribble down some highlights from the 2010s as we now say goodbye to this decade. So here we go.

1. DEEP PURPLE/TOMMY BOLIN PARTY

November 23 2013. I throw a Deep Purple/Tommy Bolin Party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland County). Five DJs, all of them well known in these parts, Lars Ericsson, Micke Mojo Nilsson, Jonas Öhlund, Staffan Eriksson and Björn Höglund. 70 CDs, 40 books, 30 DVDs and plenty of magazines were handed out for free during the night. Several record companies helped out, Johnnie Bolin included, and author Martin Popoff had pre-signed his books. Story about this night came out later in my RETROFUTURE 7 magazine. The time had come to wind things down, but it would not reach the end until RETROFUTURE 8 in 2015.

2. DISCOVERING BABYMETAL

March 9 2017. I finally discover Babymetal after having had my system shocked by “Gimme Chocolate!!” and straight after seeing that video, the 2016 Alternative Press collaboration with Rob Halford. I blogged about them for the first time that day and then I went deep into the Foxhole (as they say). I never looked back, as you all well know…

3. PUBLISHING A STORSIE SPECIAL

May 2012. I went out on a limb with the RETROFUTURE project as I highlighted the Storsie mystery, and in 2012 I finally published a 60 page special titled “Storsjöodjuret”. This all led to TV appearances (as far away as Canada), loads of media attention (like a thumbs up in Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper) and it eventually landed in an Award from Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (that hangs in my guest toilet, not big on such things). I handed out nearly all of them (1,000 copies) for free.

4. MOVING TO STUGUN

June 16 2018. I finally find my dream house (after a 10 year hunt) in Stugun (Jämtland County) and in less than a week I own it. Then I spend months moving stuff and taking care of business and on April 1 2019 I finally moved in full time (having sold the old apartment in Östersund). Since then I have created a wonderful place and I am very happy to live here now. Many friends helped out, but I have to give Kalle a shoutout. Thanks man.

5. ROCKWEEKEND 2010

July 2010. I catch Over The Rainbow, Tarja Turunen and Cougars (featuring Martina Edoff), Twisted Sister etc in good company (Hi Seth!) at the Rockweekend Festival in Gävleborg County before heading home. I dissed Deep Purple on that festival and I do not regret it (people were disappointed). For me it was one of the last great moments of my musical journey to witness Over The Rainbow at their peak and Blackmore Jr was very good, making this the Rainbow reunion that never was (in my opinion). Too bad that they never issued a live DVD, they deserved a legacy. I saw other bands later on but Over The Rainbow was the best of the decade (of course I never had a chance to see Babymetal, that is still to come).

6. FINAL ISSUE OF RETROFUTURE

February 22 2015. The final issue of my publication RETROFUTURE (#8) arrives. Low key release party at Jane Doe in Östersund on March 4 with Thomas Drevin (220 Volt) and Björn Höglund (Hoven Droven) as DJs. The lovely Nina on the cover as Montana Blue. I think I ended this journey with a bang, a very strong issue. Once this was published and handed out, I had given away 15,000 copies of RETROFUTURE magazines and 5,000 flyers in Jämtland County since 2010. It was my Last Hurrah and I enjoyed it. It was a well publicized period and nobody will ever repeat what I did. I can just say that.

7. THE TRINKELBONKER BLOG

I have to include this blog on this list. I started it in August 2012 and quickly added some Classic Rock interviews from my past and there are quite a lot of them now (and more coming). The traffic has varied, but there has been some amazing spikes. On June 6 2017 I posted the Enter The Twighlight Zone – Babymetal Tokyo Dome (2016) DVD Review and it just exploded. Within days that text had been published in Japanese and Spanish elsewhere, which is very humbling. I know that hardcore fans of Babymetal has been here ever since. But I have had feedback that has generated traffic from Ian Gillan, Deep Purple, Steve Lukather and many others over the years. I do enjoy this little corner of mine, and I will carry on as long as I can.

8. MY WESTERN GALS

I have to give my Western Novel projects a nod here and the models I had the pleasure of working with – Lina (Dakota Jane), Nina (Montana Blue) and Ellinor (Tornado Blaze). This wild idea turned into some of the best stuff that I ever produced in RETROFUTURE and I think it will be remembered by a lot of people. I mean, this stood out a mile in this day and age and I got very nice feedback for it (including from James Reasoner, the famous author). This stuff has its own tag on this blog, My Western Gals, so you have interviews and all sorts of stuff to check out should you want to.

9. THE LEGACY

I think I do have a legacy. Quotes from interviews (that are up on this blog) appears all the time in books – literally every year – and every now and then good things comes out of it. I have helped out with scans from my Deep Purple archive that has ended up on several albums, and in 2013 I helped VH1 out for a Deep Purple documentary that was later aired. Even now, as we move into 2020, the old archive is about to be revisited again (but more on that later). It has been a long journey but even now, five years after the final issue of RETROFUTURE, I feel that what I have done is still appreciated. And I guess Trinkelbonker kind of keeps it all rolling, in a small way. And who knows, maybe I will print just one more issue of RETROFUTURE some day? I thought I was done but then Babymetal came around and I am not so sure anymore.

10. SURVIVING 2019

I was so ill that I was jackpot lucky to get out of it alive this summer, but I made it. I look at life a little bit differently now. And then we are suddenly moving into the 2020s, how about that?

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Stumbled across this lovely art yesterday at a local shop in Östersund (Jämtland County) called Omistliga Ting (translates roughly to Irreplaceable Things). Had to add it to the old collection and I think you can see why. Signed “Pansarhierta”, I think it has been made by a couple that lives in Strömsund (you can visit their site for more information). To me, this artwork looks like something that you would have seen in a magazine from the 1930s, so it has a classic feel to it. The fact that they have incorporated our beloved Great Lake Monster (Storsjöodjuret) makes it an instant classic. In these parts there will be a good market for this. And as it happens, I saw this thing (whatever the hell it may be) very close to this very bridge back in 1977, so for me it is even more surreal for that reason as well. No wonder it speaks to me. I have seen a lot of art that features this mysterious creature in it, but this strikes me as being better than most. People who visit Omistliga Ting can buy it in two sizes, as posters – I just happened to spot one that was framed. Or check out the artists site.

(My image of said art)

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Checked out some property outside of Lit (Jämtland County) today. Good fishing waters nearby etc. In the end it wasn´t for me but some day I will locate the place of my dreams. They had this on their land, another artistic interpretation of the Great Lake Monster. You have little things like this all over the place in these parts.

Good day.

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Took this snapshot down by the Great Lake (Storsjön) in Östersund (Jämtland County) today. They have built a few fortresses of ice for the kids and on this you can see Storsie (the Great Lake Monster) check the visitors out. I can appreciate the fact that they put so much love into a project like this.

Every kid around here will be exposed to this mystery very early on.

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Holiday on its last few days here. I have not travelled at all this year, not even a concert (and I could have seen Deep Purple and Black Sabbath had I wanted to!). And I like it. Instead I have been taken it easy here in Jämtland County (Sweden), one of the most gorgeous places on this earth. So I opted to do another trip on the old trusted bicycle today in good company, and our goal was to check out the island of Frösön in Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake, home of Storsjöodjuret, The Great Lake Monster). Now this is where I grew up, part of this island is like part of town, but with a couple of bridges separating Frösön from the town of Östersund. Then you have a large mountain and on the other side of that an airport. Used to be part military, part civilian but it is all civilian now. Did my stint in the Air Force there back in the day. But this part of the island also has a beautiful church and some areas out back with incredible nature that people never see. That was the goal, to check out the area we had never seen, and to have a good day in the sun taking a few snapshots on the way.

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Took this shot of an outdoor bath (what you see here is only a small part of it) that has closed down now, so this will soon be gone I suppose. What a pity, I mean the kids can certainly appreciate a place like this. I used to spend a lot of time there as a kid, and I have to admit that I was unaware of what this place looked like now. This homage to The Great Lake Monster (or Storsie) came as a bit of a surprise. Glad to capture it on film while it still stands.

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Once we arrived on the furthest point of the island, we headed into the woods towards the shoreline. Soon there was only a thin trail that was pretty hard to move through but we did so anyhow and boy was this a great decision. A deer passed us by very close. Fantastic nature, lovely cottages by the lake with grand views for miles and miles. I guess we spent a couple of hours checking it all out and at my age (55) it started to get a little rough. All in all we spent nearly six hours on this little trip and it was brilliant.

On the way home I wanted to buy some beverage at a hotel and guess what, they did not accept cash. This civilization is clearly going to hell. Still, great day and I do feel lucky to have so much so close to where I reside. I think these snapshots says it all.

(Thank you Seth for a good day)

(My images)

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I attended the annual Great Lake Monster (also known as Storsie) Conference tonight, and this year it was held in my home town Östersund (Jämtland County). The Conference is moved to hamlets and towns around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) and this was the first time I ever visited a meeting close to where I reside myself. I guess about 50 people turned up, we had about 10 witnesses telling their stories (I was one of them) and local media was there to cover the event – the journalist filmed a few interviews, I showcase one image here (bottom right) in which witness Anders Ek recalls his experience with something unusual in this lake when he was a kid (the story can be found on this blog). Photographs was on display and all in all it was a good night. Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to The Great Lake Monster Association) is doing a fine job.

The mystery lives on.

(My images)

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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.

(My image on cover of this magazine)