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- Various music, mainly San Francisco music (not only classic), jazz, improvised rock, classic rock and electronica., Really, I listen to most musical styles except punk and opera., Apart from various progressive or other alternative/experimental metal styles, I mainly listen to classic "metal" like Led Zeppelin and Frank Marino., I try to have an open mind to most musical styles and/or many different artists/bands., My alltime ten favourite bands/artists are these (in order):, 1. Grateful Dead, 2. Yello, 3. Creedence Clearwater Revival, 4. Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, 5. Quicksilver Messenger Service, 6. Allman Brothers Band, 7. Redbone, 8. Charles Mingus, 9. Hawkwind, 10. Led Zeppelin
- Full Name
- Micke Östlund
- About Me
I'm 53 years old (January, 2012) and currently unemployed. My profile picture was taken on August 3rd, 2012.
I discovered Jerry Garcia through Tom Fogerty in 1974, being a young Creedence fan. In the Spring of 1976 I bought a copy of "Reflections", but I didn't really discover the Dead until early November 1978, when I purchased my first copy of "Live/Dead". From there on I was hooked, so to speak ... =)
In 1979 I became aware of the existence of Dead Heads through Dark Star magazine but didn't figured out tape trading until the purchase of the book "Grateful Dead - The Music Never Stopped" by Blair Jackson, in late 1983.
I was registered at Dead Heads Unite in February 1981 and the TV broadcast from Grugahalle in Essen, Germany on March 28th, that same year, was my "first" show.
That Fall I planned to atend my first real show, when the band played in Copenhagen on October 8th 1981, but because of personal reasons I wasn't able to do so, something I have mourned a lot over in the past.
In late 1984, I became a subscriber to the best Dead fanzine ever - The Golden Road - and had several ads the following years, mostly tape trader ads.
In the late summer of 1986 I went to the US, with the intention to follow my first Dead tour. Unfortunately Jerry got sick after I had purchased my plane tickets and Greyhound passes, but I did go anyway, after a ten year dream of visiting San Francisco.
In the US, I attented the infamous Ranch Rock '86 minifestival in Nevada.
After 10 weeks I flew home to Sweden as planned and have never been to the US again after that. I have wanted it but have never been able to, mainly because of economical reasons (to be able to maintain my life at home as well as have the economical means to travel and experience things without worries).
In October 1990, I did not only attented the Dead concert in Stockholm but the press conference the day before as well. I mingled with the band and on "behalf of the Swedish Dead Heads", I shook hands with most members in the band and greeted them welcome to Sweden. I got a really nice, very personal autograph, from Jerry.
Even though I have never attended that many Dead shows irl, I still concider myself being a Dead Head since the purchase of "Live/Dead" in 1978.
I'm single and have no biological children.
- Looking for
certain records which are hard to get in Sweden and probably also in other parts of the world. Some of those are Dead-related and others are related to the Bay Area. Some are just records I would like have in my collection of records (note: because of the music, not because of the economical value). Most of them have probably been out of print for ages.
Some of those records are as follows:
CD - John Coltrane - Spiritual (Swiss CD - CD Drive 3513)
CD - Dose Hermanos - Live From California
CD - Joe Gallant's Illuminati - Terrapin
CD - Chico Hablas - Events (Yello-related)
CD - Hawkwind - Warrior Of The Edge Of Time (remastered)
CD - Hourglass - Power Of Love (remastered)
CD - Hourglass - same (remastered)
CD - Elton John - Greatest Hits (originally released on LP in 1974)
CD - The Last Poets - Delights In The Garden
CD - The Last Poets - Scatterap/Home
LP or CD - Robert Lockwood jr - Blues Live In Japan (original release in 1975)
LP - Dieter Meier - Jetzt Und Alles (Yello-related)
CD - Glenn Miller - Carnegie Hall Concert (rec 1939, released 1993)
CD - Charles Mingus - Bluebird (1970)
CD - Charles Mingus - Live In Oslo (Jazz Up)
CD - Charles Mingus - Mysterious Blues (Candid)
CD - NRPS - Live In Japan (Relix, 1994)
CD - NRPS - Live (1982) (Avenue/Rhino, 1995)
CD - Problem Child - It's Not My Fault
LP - Quicksilver - Shady Grove (foldout cover on Capitol red label reissue in the mid/late 70's)
LP - Redbone - first album (european single-LP issue)
CD - Santana - Milagro
CD - Santana Brothers - same
CD - Spacer - Atlas Earth
CD - Spring Heel Jack - There Are Strings
CD - Spring Heel Jack - 68 Million Shades
2-LP - Various - The Best Of Ralph (Ralph RR 8251)
2-CD - Various - How The West Was One, Vols. 1&2 (Phil Keaggy, a.o.)
CD - Zero - Go Hear Nothin'/Live
- Member for
- 5 years 49 weeks