Alla tiders Gyllene Tider – a fab book!

GT_omslag_131028_rsI’ve just finished reading ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider”. The book is of very high quality, anyone can tell it already at the first glance. It’s unbelievable how fast Jan-Owe Wikström could put all the stories together to release this fab book appr. a half year after the thought of writing this gem was born.

I love this road movie style he chose and even if most of the information in the book we could read / hear in old and recent interviews, it’s great to have all these things together in one book and one can still find some new info. Many things I read made me smile or even laugh. One of these was when Lasse Lindbom said: There is hardly any pop star potential in these boys. And I’m a little hesitant about the singer.” 🙂 Or when MP forgot to bring his guitar for the Bio Reflex show in Getinge, 1978. Loved Göran’s quote from Leksand (audience: 7 661), thinking about his past and not being an active musician when there is no GT in sight: I never play for less than ten thousand people. One of the funniest stories is still Micke Syd’s with the girls in Malmö. They couldn’t recognize him and even if Micke Syd told, the girls couldn’t believe him it was really him, the drummer from GT.

There were other things that made me ”ahaaa, so that’s why it was like that”. For example, regarding changing the setlist and putting ”Gå & fiska!” towards the end instead of keeping it as an opening song – to spare Per’s voice. ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej” was anyway the best choice for being the opener. Another thing I’ve never been thinking about is where the name of DJ Fritzon’s magic instrument, Farfisa (Fabbriche Riunite di Fisarmoniche) is coming from. Nice to know now this, too.

It was sad reading about the 1981 Kristianopel tragedy again, but it also made me think how lucky we were with the numbering system during this tour. However, we are living in an another century now, when fights were tougher for the best picnic places this time.

I like it a lot that all the band members and some other important guys and girls from the tour got shorter or longer chapters in the book. The Gessleist in me, of course, likes chapters ”Per Gessle” and ”Låtskrivandet” the most. No matter how much I already heard and read about his songwriting or how much he was sharing about it so far, I never get tired of reading about this topic again and again. C’mon, this guy wrote ”(Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän” in only 8 minutes! Wow! Reading this chapter about songwriting and seeing a pic of Per’s ”Röstmemon” app made me think it would be nice to have some of those files as bonus on some future release. Wishful thinking. 🙂

Besides these chapters I really mean that the whole book is a very enjoyable reading. I didn’t know, for example that Anders and his wife, Jennie are that much into making music for movies and TV series.

It’s nice to see all the old pics, mainly because lots of them we could have never seen before. I can’t even count how many times I mentioned that the actual photos of the Golden Guys are fantastic, all 5 of them look extremely hot on all pics. Anders Roos, the photographer did a splendid job. Tons of shots are in the book from the tour, from backstage, of many details we can’t see from our crowd positions and we can see lots of familiar faces. I would love to see all the pics Anders took (20 000), but couldn’t make it into the book. Even a separate photo book would sound good. 😉

Well, there are some typos, but the high quality, the great stories and the awesome pics make you forget about them quite soon.

I love 2 of the last few sentences in the outro: It should not take nine years for the next comeback. Everyone agrees on it.” Indeed! And until then, can’t wait to see the upcoming GT DVD.

PS #1: If you haven’t bought the book yet, I can highly recommend you to obtain it. It is really worth it.

PS #2: Oh and when I’m back to Sweden, I definitely have to check the second-hand bookshops to get hold of Jan-Owe’s GT book from 1997.

Gyllene Tider book in Top5!

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The book has just been published and according to Bokus best sellers charts, ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” is already the Top 5th best selling book in “culture” category looking at the past week. Taking into consideration that most of us from abroad ordered it at Ginza or Bengans, the book could be No. 1 at Bokus (if we would have ordered our copies there). 😉

Cool result! Congrats!

 

 

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Thanx for the info, Roos & Tegnér AB.

 

30 pages from the Gyllene Tider book

The Swedish website where earlier we could check some pages from Sven Lindström’s ”Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur” now shared the first 30 pages (including the cover) of ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” written by Jan-Owe Wikström and photographed by Anders Roos.

The table of contents is extremely promising and the whole design looks awesome. I must admit I haven’t read these 30 pages (I’m waiting for my copy to hold it in my hands and read the whole book), just flicked through the pics now and they are woaaah! Not that we didn’t know it until now. So, if you haven’t decided on buying the book yet, it’s high time! Just look at this snippet and you’ll be absolutely convinced. 😉 Click HERE to check those 30 pages, but only if you don’t want to ”ruin” your ”wow!” moment when first seeing the book in its physical existence.

Please Mr. Postman, look and see (oh yeah) if there’s a BOOK in your bag for me! Hurry up!

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Some more fantastic Gyllene Tider pics from the book

Roos & Tegnér AB has just uploaded a short video to their YouTube channel including some more beauty shots from the upcoming ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” book written by Jan-Owe Wikström, photographed by Anders Roos. Waiting impatiently for the book to be published in 3 days (15th November), aren’t we? Enjoy the video by clicking at the picture below! A little GT music could have been added to it, but you can just put on your own Gyllene Tider record and watch it that way.

 

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Gyllene Tider book is out in a week

As we already informed you about it, the new Gyllene Tider book is published on 15th November.

As Per promised yesterday, those ”who are interested in this petite Swedish power pop combo, won’t be disappointed”. Well, looking at the high resolution photos Anders Roos (the photographer who followed GT during the whole tour, taking appr. 20,000 pics) shared in the press room at the publishing company’s website, I must say even those won’t be disappointed who are actually not interested in GT, but love seeing beautiful pictures. The book is definitely worth to buy even if you can’t speak Swedish. Check our earlier article for the links with those places where you can order the book.

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Final cover (Örnsköldsvik) © Anders Roos                               Hot golden guys in Göteborg (Ullevi) © Anders Roos

 

Thanx for finding the link to the beauty pics and letting us know, Nina Wolfframm and Celestte Williams!

Gyllene Tider of all time

As you might remember, we already informed you that a road movie biography about Gyllene Tider is on the way. The working title of the book was ”Bandet som inte finns” (= ”The band that doesn’t exist”), which I liked a lot, because it was a really creative title. The author, Jan-Owe Wikström finally changed it to ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” (= ”Gyllene Tider of all time”). Actually, this also sounds good. Finishing touches are being put on the book as you could see Per’s photo today on Facebook.

The biography is published on 15th November and can already be pre-ordered at many places: Bengans, Ginza, Bokus, Adlibris, CDon, Bokextra. The hardcover book consists of 240 pages and most probably contains a lot of photos, as Anders Roos took about 20000 shots during the tour. It must have been hard to choose which pics to put in the book, which is of course in Swedish.

 

Alla_tiders_Gyllene_TiderOverview:

“Gyllene Tider is a piece of Swedish music history and today is as “blue and yellow” as the Three Crowns, the crisp bread, Zlatan and the Dala horse.
When Anders Herrlin quit with the band in 1985, he didn’t know what he really left behind. 28 years later nearly a million people saw the band during their three comebacks: 1996, 2004 and 2013. Despite the fact that the band has not existed since that March day in 1985.
The road movie book “Alla tiders Gyllene Tider”, with a foreword by Per Gessle, is a unique insight into a band’s life that went from teenage hysteria to people’s home nostalgia for summer euphoria and, for decades, from the late ’70s to today has gathered young and old, hard rockers and dance band lovers in a candy store of pop pralines.
Jan-Owe Wikström, together with photographer Anders Roos followed the band on their “Dags att tänka på refrängen” tour in the summer of 2013. A journey through time and space, where a road sign, a venue, a café or an event takes us 20-30 years back in time to the hysterical and funny, but also to the black and dark moments.
It’s also a journey with Gyllene Tider on stage, but mainly behind the scenes, during the recordings and rehearsals, as well as a trip with the fans. And of course with the crew, the staff who are mixing and building and pulling down.
In addition, the book provides personal portraits of the band members and their everyday lives outside Gyllene Tider and it brings you closer to the secret behind Per Gessle’s hit-making talent.”

 

Gyllene Tider – the band that doesn’t exist

Jan-Owe Wikström’s name or his nickname, Wicke should ring a bell to all fans, as he is the co-author of ”Roxette – The book” (1992) and the author of ”Gyllene Tider” biography (1997). He’s a Swedish journalist and writer, working at Hallandsposten. As Hallandsposten informs, he is writing a book about Gyllene Tider’s latest tour.

Wicke attended 11 concerts, followed the band backstage, spent a lot of time with the crew, was talking to many fans and photographer Anders Roos, who he is working with took about 20 000 photos during this adventure.

The book is going to be a ”road movie” book – that’s how Wicke calls it – and its working title is ”Bandet som inte finns” (= ”The band that doesn’t exist”). This is a fair title if you consider that Gyllene Tider split in 1985 and since then they had only temporary reunions.

The book will contain comparisons between now & then and is planned to be published in November, 2013.

 

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© Patrícia Peres