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Fashion: 14 “TIMEFRAME, PUT A SPELL ON YOU” 26 WE LIKE 32 WE LIKE 38 SWEDISH DEISGNER MALIN ORTMANN & IKEA 52 SO VINTAGE! 58 WE LIKE 60 “THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH” 78 WE LIKE 82 KENNETH BRINGZÉN SOFT JEWELS 86 “FROM DUSK TIL DAWN” 92 WE LIKE 97 “MAGICAL PLACES - IT’S REAL FOR US” 110 WE LIKE 112 “TIMELESS TREASURES” 118 WE LIKE 122 “STYLISH IN BLACK” 134 WE LIKE

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140 “PRINCESS OF THE DAWN” 154 WE LIKE 156 MARIART SCHOOL OF MAKEUP & HAIR 164 ANTON & MIKE, OUR FAVORITE LOOKS 176 “A WALK THROUGH TIME” 186 MARIART SCHOOL OF MAKEUP & HAIR, BEHIND THE SCENES

Art, Interior Design, Travel & Culture: 203 THE OLD BLACKSMITH FORGE IN ORUM 228 MIDCENTURY ART GLASS 232 MY FAVORITE PLACES - CHINA 250 MIDCENTURY DESIGN 252 TRADITIONAL SWEDISH RED & WHITE HOUSE IN THE WOODS 262 BAIBA PURINS GIRL POWER 276 MY FAVORITE PLACES - SLOVAKIA 288 MIDCENTURY ART GLASS 290 MY FAVORITE PLACES - SPAIN & FRANCE 302 MIDCENTURY DESIGN 307 ANOTHER WORLD 320 MY FAVORITE PLACES, DRESDEN

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322 TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN STRAW ROOF FARM HOUSE WITH A FRENCH TOUCH


Music: 342 FLORENCE+THE MACHINE 348 FACTORY BRAINS 350 ALICE COOPER 356 FIFTY GRAND SUICIDE 358 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE 364 BLACK VEIL BRIDES 370 PULP 378 ACCEPT 388 MUSIC GEMS 392 VENYA 394 RICK SPRINGFIELD 398 ELIN SAANUM 402 PETE LOCKETT 404 KENNETH SHARRETTS 410 PAUL WELLER 416 SXSW FADER FORT 432 ANTON HALLBERG 436 STEELHEART 444 ARCTIC MONKEYS 450 TARJA TURUNEN 456 CELINA REE 458 SLAYER 466 STAR*RATS 468 AVENGED SEVENFOLD 472 MOVIE CLASSICS 474 THREE DAYS GRACE 480 NOEL GALLAGHER 486 JORN 490 THE BREW 472 TOY

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Main team Susanna Pernilla, Hans Brendestam, Jennie Kempe, Emma Hallberg, Lubomira Kukova, Cornelia Brendestam, Baiba Purins,Kenneth Bringzén, Christina Sharretts, Tony Trujillo, Sara Lord, Anton Hallberg, Michael Buchner, Liz Lord Contributing Photographers Hans Brendestam, Susanna Pernilla, Jennie Kempe, Christina Sharretts, Dani Xue, Tony Trujillo, Lubomira Kukova, Gregory Fital, Fred Andersson, Merxte Morales, Monika Doudeh Blochova, Frantisek Germanotti, Martina Ivanoska, Liz Lord, Stephanie Rodgers Thanks to The Scandinavian Studios Group, Märta J, Markus A, Jennie K, Emma Hallberg, HBproductions, Scandinavian Modern Vintage, No Ordinary Girl Couture, Sara Lord, Cornelia Brendestam, Jason West, ts studios group, Mike Terrana, Rick Springfield, Guillermo Errezil, frantiQstudios, Anna CS, Paul Lord, Alice Cooper, Kerry Kelly, Bullet for My Valentine, Kajsa A, Ann-Britt Persson, Maria Malmgren, Solhjulet Vintage, Julia Jonsson, H&M, Fifty Grand Suicide, Aderton Scandinavia, Vintage, Black Veil Brides, Topshop, Bally, Burak Uyan, Dezso by Sara Beltran, Hermés, Carven, Ediie Borgo, Altuzarra, Charlotte Olympia, Alejandro Ingelmo, Aurélie Bidermann, Alexandre Birman, Sergio Rosso, Camilla Skovgaard, Wilfredo Rosado, Aquazzura, Malin Ortmann, Mariya M, Shano S, Pauline, Nika D, Florence + the machine, Steelpanther, Kerry King, Nick Sterling, Jeff Waters, Scandinavian Antiques & Modern Design, Balenciaga, Dannijo, Giles & Brother, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Ben-Amun, Fallon, Bionda Castana, DKNY, United Nude, Zalando, Valentina C, Accept, Kronovalls slott, Linnea Melander, Birgitta Arvidsson, Ateljé Sidensmulan, Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store, Bindi design, Flash, Factory Brains, Akong, Jeffrey Campbell, Roger Vivier, Dolce Gabbana, Costume National, Mariart, Creative Air, UpToDate fashion academy, Paul Dianno, Venya, The Local Firm, Anton Hallberg, Michael Buchner, Thomas Sabo, Jack&Jones, Zara, Reunion, American Crew, Topman, The Scandinavian, Courtney G, NavelleAnn photography, Elin Saanum, Baiba Purins, Christian Loubotin, Oscar de la Renta, Delfina Delletrez, Coach, Emilio Pucci, modelmanagement.com, Nina Ricci, Pierre Harden, Dannijo, Pete Lockett, Alestorm, Dee Snider, Twisted Sisters, Seven Antonopoulos, Sebastian Bach, Jasmine Lindh, Pulp, Paul Weller, SXSW, Fader Forth, Converse, Steelheart, Kenneth Bringzén, Kimberely McDonald, Christian Dior, Fenton, Tarja Turunen, Universal, Lullusmassacre photography, Paulina G, Izabela P, Arctic Monkeys, Slayer, Peanutbutter, Gina Tricot, Celina Ree, Bottega Veneta, Lipsy, Avenged Sevenfold, Tony Trujillo photography, Kenneth Sharretts, Akong, Anndra Neen, Star*Rats, Three Days Grace, Urban Production, Stageorganizer, Urbandrums, Tom Meros, Spock’s Beard, Tom Mayhue, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Noel Gallagher, Bumblefoot, MS research foundation, Jorn, Aderton Scandinavia, The Brew, Petra P, Jacob Bringzén, Toy, Angeln konstgalleri, Empire studios, Rolf Munkes, ts studios group, Sofia Nyhem, Felicia Abrahamsson, Karin Löfgren, Annelie Stromqvist, Jeanette Nordin

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Chain REACTION lifestyle magazine a sequence of events where each event is triggered by the previous one The instoppable motion of the process and the unpredictable effects fascinate us, this notion of movement and the continous exploration of the phenomena is the drive behind this project, moving us towards the unknown. Chain REACTION lifestyle magazine is founded and run by a collective of creative people around the world. We aim to explore the past, present and future within music, fashion, art, interior design, culture, education and a variety of other related subjects, presented in this magazine. Throughout the process and work we grow as individuals as well as a creative project, seeking out and incouraging uncompromised self-expression, discovery and innovation. As always, we would like to extend our thank you to everyone involved in Chain REACTION lifestyle magazine, both the contributors and the readers, whos combined efforts made this project grow beyond any path we thought possible. Please note that all profit from this project is donated to charity

Covers Model Jennie K/ ts studios group Makeup & hair Emma Hallberg/ imaginary-studios.com Photography Hans Brendestam/ frantiQstudios.com Vintage 1960’s satin and lace wedding dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Vintage 1940’s satin gloves and necklace from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store. Vintage 1990s chiffon mini dress from No Ordinary Girl Couture.

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TIMEFRAME put a spell on you... GIVE IT UP! POISON...

Left Draped bodycon mini dress from H&M Right Vintage 1980’s mini dress from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1970’s signed Tapio Wirkkala/Finland brutalist style bronze set with necklace, earrings and belt from No Ordinary Girl Couture Model Jennie K/ ts studios group Makeup&hair Emma Hallberg/imaginary-studios Styling Susanna Pernilla, Emma & Jennie/ imaginary-studios Photos frantiQstudios

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Left 1990’s Balmain sequin top from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1990’s sequin bolero from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Spike studded leather necklace and bracelet private, feather fan private Right Vintage 1980’s mini dress from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1970’s signed Tapio Wirkkala/Finland brutalist style bronze set with necklace, earrings and belt from No Ordinary Girl Couture

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Left 1990’s Balmain sequin top from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1990’s sequin bolero from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Spike studded leather necklace and bracelet private, feather fan private Right Sequin mini dress with back detailing from No Ordinary Girl Couture

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Black satin halterneck mini dress with metal detailing from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Shoes private

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Swedish design with a little help from IKEA!

wedish designer Malin Ortmann’s quirky design takes, not only its inspiraton from IKEA, but also borrows a lot of the material from the international home products company. Fabrics, curtains, carpets, showercurtains and so on all become part of Malin’s creative and arty, yet functional, clothes.

“Happiness is having something to do, someone to love and something to hope for”

She has showcased her collections at Swedish annual Spring Inspiration fashion show, and her own brand design by malin ortmann is, after focusing mostly on the Swedish market, on the take off for going global with its new online shop.

Malin’s career took an early start, already during her childhood she loved to express herself estetically, and when she was a teen- She draws her inspiration from interior design, ager she attended Fashion&Design school, historic epocs, movies and meetings with interwhere she got the opportunity to combine the esting people. Currently she is very busy with two great loves of her life - fashion & interior several exhibitions at IKEA, a new wedding coldesign. Internationally wellknown IKEA asked lection for Spring Inspiration fashion show April her to design a dress using fabric from their 2012, an exciting project of making a gala dress home textile out of pure candy for Swedish celebrity Carina Berg - and then planning another exhibition.. line. That led to a continous collaboration where she creates her unique wedding dresses and evening wear using their fabrics, curtains, 38 blankets and so on.


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Models Ania, Shano, Mariya, Nika, Pauline / ts studios group Makeup&hair Sofia Nyhem, Felicia Abrahamsson, Karin Lรถfgren, Annelie Strรถmquist, Jeanette Nordin / Mariart


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VINTAGE! Lost In You - Life Starts Now


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Model Jennie K/ ts studios group Makeup & hair Emma Hallberg @ frantiQstudios Styling Susanna Pernilla @ imaginary-studios Photographer Hans Brendestam @ frantiQstudios

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Vintage 1960’s op mini dress from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store Vintage 1960’s flower mini dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage

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Vintage 1960’s Vneck mini dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage

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The World Is Not Enough Tomorrow Never Dies

International couple Yasmin Bindi and Antonio Acevedo Garrido, originally from Sydney and Mexico city, nowadays based in the south of Sweden with their little son AJ, runs webshop www.bindidesigns.eu They handpick interesting and versatile fashion, bags, accessories and interior design from around the world. Our team met up with them for an inspirational shoot. Their great selection of Thai fisherman, harem & yoga pants, dresses, skirts, tops, jewellery, bags and so on works amazingly well for all seasons, here mixed with vintage fashion from The Scandinavian’s large collection.

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Previous pages Left 1990’s jacket from The Scandinavian. Top private Right Fisherman pants from Bindidesign. 1980’s sequin top /miniskirt from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Tweed coat from No Ordinary Girl Couture

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Left 1990’s jacket from The Scandinavian. Top private. Right Harem pants jumpsuit from Bindidesigns. Faux fur swagger coat from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store. Earrings from Bindidesigns.

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Left Denim pants and vest from Solhjulet Vintage. Tank top private. Right Knitted top with satin and pearl detailing from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Earrings from Bindidesigns. Scarf from Solhjulet Vintage

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Harem pants jumpsuit from Bindidesigns. 1980’s sequin top/miniskirt from No Ordinary Girl. 1950’s sheer top from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store. Earrings from Bindidesigns

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1990’s silk halterneck top from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Maxi dress/skirt from Bindidesigns. Boots from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Earrings and bracelets private

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Right Thai fisherman pants from Bindidesigns. 1980’s sequin top/miniskirt from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1960’s tweed coat from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Earrings from Bindidesigns Left 1950’s sheer top from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store. Earrings from Bindidesigns

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Halterneck maxi dress from Bindidesigns. Necklace from Bindidesigns. Vintage leather jacket private

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Kenneth BringzĂŠn

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The taste is a behavior that is acquired. It differs from culture to culture, between age groups and gender. It comes and goes influenced by many different things, new materials, fashion and behavior acceptance. Like many other things it is based on agreement about what is right or wrong, status in a group or sub group and of course the price. Behavior that is perfectly all right in a Papua New Guinea tribe might cause an arrest in other parts of the world. The habit of wearing a penis sheath made from a gourd is a must for some tribes men in Papua New Guinea. Dressing up in shorts and shirts in this tropical climate will cause skin diseases so people use them as hats. Soap is a new and strange product to them.

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OFT JEWELS

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Beginning a piece of writing about body adornment this way might feel a bit strange but it is all about our perception and unwritten laws that are influencing our love and hate feelings. In general new things are looking strange or odd and can be difficult to accept at once. They make us confused and we have to make up our minds if we can accept them or not. It will help if they can be associated with somebody we like or admire an actor, a queen or just appearing in an advertisement. When it comes to acceptance it could have to do with religion, politics, brands e.t.c. Freedom of choice, yes please, as long as it is correct.

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Fashion in its broadest term usually to what accords with conventions adopted by polite society long hair on men, jeans with gaps or half way down, music, slang it all works the same way. It is very fragile – what is liked today will be dead duck tomorrow. When the majority like something then the leaders will change their liking. You cant be a leader unless you are different – doing today what the others will do tomorrow.

Myself, an industrial designer, have to think about that the product must be effective, understandable and appropriately priced and in the same time as it should be attractive, pleasurable and fun. Today I try to balance my work 50 – 50 and having much more fun myself. My creation of a concept that I call “Soft Jewells” is a good example of having fun and giving away pleasure.

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Models Märta J, Anna CS, Jennie Makeup&styling Emma Hallberg & Susanna Pernilla/ photos Hans Brendes


The material I am using is called EVA – short for Ethylene Vinyl Acetate. EVA comes in different densities and colors, and is very easy to shape into different pieces that I can put together into different types of body decorations. Since the objects are soft they will not be damaged from normal handling or activities. Eva is a closed cell material that coops with chlorinated water, saltwater and UV rays. That is a very good start for any product.

The freedom of making the EVA into different shapes and forms gives me a creative kick and challenges me to almost exhaust myself into finding new expressions in designing finger decorations, bracelets, necklaces and other things. Best of all they are beautiful, exciting , surprising exotic and they are fun to make – it is impossible to make two the same. They have lots of personality that will affect the owners when they wear them as well as they will make the human race happier. Once seen never forgotten…. Tall poppy syndrome – here we come!

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MAGICAL PLACES It’s real for us

until my last breath Interesting architecture, stunningly beautiful meadows, forests and mountains, our team of photographers, stylists and models had a great time shooting in eastern Slovakia. It made a dramatic scenery background to some simple casual looks inspired by the surroundings.

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Models Paulina G, Izabela P, Lubomira K Styling, makeup&hair Lubomira Kukova Photos Lubomira Kukova

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Our team had a splendid day out on location shooting a set of timeless fashion styles, ranging over 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, in the hot Texas sun.

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Left Vintage 1960’s mini dress private. Vintage hat from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Earrings and bracelet private Right Vintage 1970’s shirt and leather belt with metal buckle private

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Left 1980’s draped tube top dress from Solhjulet Vintage. 1970’s wooden necklace from Solhjulet Vintage Right 1980’s silk and chiffon jumpsuit from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1960’s satin gloves from Solhjulet Vintage. Earrings private Model Kajsa A Makeup&hair Julia Jönsson Styling Susanna Pernilla, Hans, Ann-Britt & Maria for frantiQstudios Photos imaginary-studios

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Left 1980's silk and chiffon jumpsuit from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1960's satin gloves from Solhjulet Vintage. Earrings private Right 1990’s draped maxi dress with shoulder decor from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Earrings private

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Left 1990’s draped maxi dress with shoulder decor from No Ordinary Girl Couture. 1960’s leather clutch from Solhjulet Vintage. Earrings and ring private Right 1990’s velvet lace maxi dress from No Ordinary Girl Couture. Earrings private

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Draped empire maxi dress from H&M. 1970’s necklace from Solhjulet Vintage. Earrings private

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PRINCESS OF THE DAWN summer breeze fairy at the castle

Vintage 1950’s satin dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Vintage 1940’s satin gloves and necklace from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store Model Jennie K/ ts studios group Makeup&hair Jennie & Linnea / frantiQstudios Styling Susanna Pernilla, Sara, Jennie & Linnea/ frantiQstudios Photographer Hans Brendestam/ frantiQstudios Selection&edit Susanna Pernilla & Hans/ frantiQstudios Location Kronovalls castle, Sweden

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Vintage 1960’s satin and lace wedding dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Vintage 1940’s satin gloves and necklace from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store

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Vintage 1960’s satin and lace wedding dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Vintage 1940’s satin gloves and necklace from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store

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Left Draped chiffon dress from H&M. Scarf from Flash Right Vintage 1960’s satin and lace wedding dress from Scandinavian Modern Vintage. Vintage 1940’s satin gloves and necklace from Catwalk Couture & Vintage Store Last page Pearl embroidered halterneck satin dress from No Ordinary Girl Couture

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MARIART SCHOOL OF MAKEUP AND HAIR OF SWEDEN TOP MAKEUP SCHOOL Mariart School of Makeup & Hair is a complete training platform for studies in makeup and hairstyling. The school was established in 2002 and has since then trained students to qualifying makeup artists and hair stylists for work on the international market.

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What distinguishes Mariart and enhances the quality of their education is the school’s partnership with leading makeup brands. As the school is not in terms of product bound, the result is a better and broader education that increase job opportunities after graduation. An exceptional network of contacts within the beauty and fashion industry gives students valuable training and experience during the educational period. The practice varies from studio work for television, magazines and photographers to great events, such as Stockholm Fashion Week.

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The working techniques teached are constantly updated by the close cooperation with other leading international make-up schools. As a student you get an individual follow-up plan that facilitates classroom time, practice and qualification. “This way we can give you as a student the best possible conditions for your future working career.” says head teacher Maria Nyström. “Next class starts 20th of August 2012, all applicants are most welcome to contact us”.

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AIR BRUSH BEAUTY Mariart has recently entered into partnership with Creative Air United Kingdom. Creative Air has opened a Swedish branch to be responsible for Mariart’s Airbrush training, with internationally wellknown makeup artist Beverly McColgan as main teacher. With expertise in makeup and airbrush as Creative Air added to the Mariart program, they set a new standard and opportunities for active makeup artists in Sweden to train within their profession. The course content, technologies and products that are included in this course makes Mariart unique in Scandinavia and reflects the highest international standard. Creative Air Sweden “A fusion of art and technology for professional makeup”

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Right Tshirt with pocket detailing from The Local Firm. Necklace from Thomas Sabo. Bracelet from American Crew. Left Tshirt with pocket detailing from The Local Firm. Sunglasses from The Local Firm. Necklace from Thomas Sabo. Bracelet from American Crew. Cotton mix leather textured pants from Jack & Jones. Leather shoes from H&M. Knitted sweater with asymmetrical button detailing from The Local Firm. Sunglasses from The Local Firm. Necklace from Thomas Sabo. Pants from Reunion. Shoes from H&M.

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Left Deep Vneck Tshirt from Topman. Necklace from Thomas Sabo. Bracelet from American Crew. Right Deep Vneck Tshirt from Topman. Necklace from Thomas Sabo. Bracelet from American Crew. Models Anton H & Michael B Makeup&hair Emma Hallberg/frantiQstudios Styling Anton Hallberg & Michael Buchner Photos frantiQstudios

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Peru is located on the west coast of South America and has about 28 million inhabitants. About 50% of the country’s population live in poverty Hogar de Cristo, Arequipa, is an organization in Peru, which runs an open house to children and teenagers who need a helping hand. This is where the poorest working children can come and receive support and help with most things in life by caring adults.

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he old blacksmith forge in Orum village, located in the very southeast part of Sweden, has undergone an extensive renovation.

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Elis Bergh for Kosta Sweden sommerso vase 1940’s

Pukeberg Sweden set of butter knife holders 1970’s

Per Lutken for Holmegaard Denmark drop vase 1960’s

Gunnar Nylund for Strombergshyttan 228 shark tooth vase 1950’s

Benito Marcolin for FM Ronneby Sweden sculptures 1960’s

Gunnar Nylund for Strombergshyttan Sweden shark tooth vase 1950’s

Edvard Hald for Orrefors Sweden slipgraal bowl 1960’s

Goran & Ann Warff for Kosta Sweden ariel lamp 1960’s


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Tyco Axelsson for Reijmyre Sweden vase 1960’s

Boda Sweden horse sculpture 1960’s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Sweden sommerso vase 1950’s

Bengt Edenfalk for Skruf Sweden ‘Spun’ vase 1960’s

Goran & Ann Warff for Kosta monolith obelisk sculpture 1960’s

Benito Marcolin for FM Ronneby Sweden sculpture 1960’s

Goran Warff for Pukeberg ‘Tropico’ vase 1960’s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Sweden double sommerso vases 1950’s

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An angry woman is giving us the finger at The Bund, the area looking out over the impressive business district in Shanghai. She's not happy. At all. It could be because we weren't interested to follow her to the bordello she's hired by, or maybe she's just very interested in selling us a cheap watch. I'm sipping on the whiskey, looking at Gregory


who's standing in front of me taking photos of the shining view. Thinking about how everyone seem to be drawn to Shanghai. A people magnet. A tourist magnet, like us.

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Behind Yuyuan Garden, the answer to Stockholm’s Old Town, I found this man sleeping peacefully in his chair. Behind him is the most expensive, tourist-infested place in Shanghai, but he doesn’t care. He’s ignoring the tourists 234 walking all around him, he’s ignoring us, taking photos. I stop at his neighbour and buy a stamp, made directly in


front of me. I don’t remember anymore what it means, but it has to do with a power animal of some kind. I hope it’s a fitting animal, maybe a lazy cat. Or a sleepy old dog.

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We find them everywhere. Sleeping away the days in front of their stores while other family members take care of the business until they’re awake again. I’m getting jealous. But still, I would never be able to sleep in the middle of the street. If you enter a store in Shanghai, prepare to catch coins. Because when you paid and getting the change


back, you have coins all over the desk in front of you. No time to count, no time to pick them up if you don’t catch them before they hit the floor. We decided to leave the stress and travel outside Shanghai.

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say it sounds terrible, but I give him a couple of Yuan and we continue down the road, past a rundown building that says Playboy in big letters. Could it be the real Playboy? Did they have a business here once? Gregory stops and takes photo of a father and his little son. They’re smiling and playing. The first happy people we see in this part of town. 239


Huangpu is a place to spend money, on everything you really don’t need. A lot of the merchandise is echoing the past, with charicatures of soldiers or Mao having an Andy Warhol make-over in four different colours. Old propaganda posters, small statues and stamps. Watches. I buy a small Mao bust. There’s something rattling inside it and for a moment my 240 imagination runs wild. What’s in there? Sand? Drugs? Ashes? I try to forget and hope there’s no dogs at the airport later.


It might be a cliché, but there was no way we travelled to China without actually climbing the Chinese Wall. So we did that. It took hours and hours. But it was worth it, looking out at the mighty republic, now one of the strongest in the world. I hadn’t even reached the first stairs when I stumbled upon a cable and cut my knee. While Gregory was helping me up a woman came forward and looked down at me and for a moment I thought she would help me. “Souvenirs?” she said and 241 smiled.


Beijing, or Peking, has a very different feeling than Shanghai. Imagine a small town with thirty million people.

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tance on the map to something like in Stockholm. But Beijing is so much bigger. I liked the laid-back style here, the old people playing games by the road, the smiling men and women on the streets.

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alleys and behind modern buildings. In this garden an old couple played badminton, while their grandchildren were playing in the background. I wish I could have joined them.

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After spending a couple of hours inside the Forbidden City we came to the other end and directly decided to climb the next destination, Jingshan Park. In 1644, Chongzhen, the last emperor of the Ming dynasty committed suicide here. I’m sure he had a better view, and not the smog-filled heaven above his palace down below. Two weeks in

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China is way to little. I could stay here for two months. Or two years. So much to see, so much to experience. I hope the sky is clearer the next time we’re there.

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Teak table cart Denmark 1950’s

Teak nesting tables Denmark 1960’s

Mazzega Murano glass, exotic wood & chrome wall sconces Italy 1970’s

Fabric curtains Denmark 1960’s

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Rya rug cushion pillow Sweden 1960’s

Rya rug cushion pillow Sweden 1960’s

Mazzega Murano glass and chrome chanedlier Italy 1970’s


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Lindberg for Gustavsberg ‘Bersa’ plate Sweden 1960’s

Rya rug cushion pillow Sweden 1960’s

Kosta art glass table lamp Sweden 1950’s

Teak bentwood lounge chair Denmark 1960’s

Glass and brass wall sconce Sweden 1970’s

Teak freeform bowl Denmark 1950’s

Teak wall sculpture Russia 1950’s

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t took us two days on a small fishing boat to escape from the war in occupied Latvia over the ocean to peace in Sweden. The stormy weather and the darkness of night caused an intoxicated captain to miss the harbour of Slite, Gotland. Instead we anchored at sea and waited for better visibility and sobriety. My mother, father and baby sister were onboard, while I was inside my pregnant mother, soon to be born. It was so cold that the men on the upper deck all had icicles in their beards The Latvian pastor onboard encouraged the refugees to sing ”Closer to God” but was hushed. My mother would rather get closer to a hospital on the mainland.

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I was born two weeks later, on March 24th 1945, at Södersjukhuset in Stockholm. I was a girl. Mother was a qualified dentist with her own clinic in Riga, the capital of Latvia. In Sweden she was put to work in a Jewish refugee camp. My father was sent by bus to work in the forest, away from his family. He was an accountant with university background.

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up with my mother. She developed TBC and was in a sanatorium for a long time. My sister and I were placed in a childrens home.

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other was cured and eventually started working again at Folktandvården, a public dental clinic in Borås. Now she could single-handedly provide for the family. My father, who was suffering from stomach ulcers due to working night shifts at a textile factory, began studying to be a civil engineer at Chalmers in Gothenburg. At the age of 42 he was by far the oldest student in his class.

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hen I took up painting, my mother Antonija Purins, was my foremost critic. She took the job seriously, taking her time and leaving me waiting anxiously for her verdict. -Yes Baibaling, she would say, you are on the right track, but do not forget the background.

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o earn a little extra, mother worked during our holidays at the Old Sanatorium in Varberg, a famous health resort on the westcoast. She could sew and cook, so we were always well dressed and well fed. We never had to borrow from the bank. When I was 15 we bought our first car. I got my first pair of blue jeans. They were not home made. I was very proud. My father took his PhD and he was offered a well paid teachers job at Chalmers.

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ventually they both retired and moved to our house in Södra Näs, Varberg, with a splendid view of the ocean. But their calm retirement was short lived. Father had a serious stroke. Mother didn’t leave his hospital bed for a month, and that made him come back to life. When he came home he was half paralysed. Mother passed her driver license test at the age of 66 and drove their car and pushed his wheelchair despite her own handicap. She was the vital and loving centre of our existence. Father died at home in 2000. They

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Magical mountains Banska Bystrica, Slovakia - At home. That beautiful view.

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Old buildning Bratislava, Slovakia - “Melancholy streets, in a penitential garb of soot, steeped the souls of the people who were condemned to look at them out of windows, in dire despondency� Charles Dickens

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Lake Kopanice, Slovakia - “Walking in the rain. I just walked to the lake when it started raining. It gave me a feeling of freedom. Nobody was around. Drops were falling on me... Surely one of the best feelings for me.

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Mountain and forests view Banska Bystrica, Slovakia - Complete freedom

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Meadow Kopanice, Slovakia - “A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree� Spike Milligan

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Old building Bratislava, Slovakia - “Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant� Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ove Sandeberg for Kosta textured lamp 1960s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta offcentered vase with ground polished circles 1950s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta vases and canoe bowl 1950s

Nils Landberg for Orrefors offcentered sommerso vase 1950s

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Gunnar Nylund for Strombergshyttan shark tooth vase 1950s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta canoe bowl 1950s

Mona Morales Schildt for Kosta vase Murano handblown studio vase with cut decor 1960s 1950s


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Bo Borgstrom for Aseda tall handblown vase with free form rim 1960s

Hanne Dreutler for Studio Ahus Gallax Havang sculpture 1980s

Per Lutken for Holmegaard large Selandia bowl 1960s

Sea sculptural finger vase object 1960s

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta offcentered brick red vase 1950s

Pietro Toso & C Murano lamps 1960s

Bengt Edenfalk for Skruf engraved iceblock sculpture 1960s

Bo Borgstrom for Aseda tall handblown vase with free form rim 1960s

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Plaza mayor, Salamanca (Spain): It is considered the most beautiful square in Spain. For me, the best place to enjoy a drink outside the cafĂŠs

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The Pyrenees (Spain): In springtime, colours can be surprising, and the landscape breathtaking

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Temple of Debod, Madrid (Spain): Ancient Egyptian temple rebuilt in Madrid.. One of the nicest walks in the Spanish capitol

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Larun Mountain (Spain-France): Warm dawn in good company is the best way to start the day

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Hendaye Beach (France): Once the summer’s hustle and bustle is over, peace and quietness play the leading roles at this magnificent beach

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Twin Rocks, Hendaye Beach (France): These two particular rocks are an icon of this small French village, even legends talk about them

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Jaizkibel, Gipuzkoa (Spain): Sorrounded by mountains and the Cantabian sea, ideal place for trekking, or even diving

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Handmade 1960’s rya rug cushion Sweden

1950’s teak shelf with magazine rack Denmark

1950’s art pottery minature vase Nymolle Denmark

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1950’s exotic wood candle holder Sweden

1940’s Barovier & Toso gold inclusion lamp Murano Italy

Rya rug designed by Josef Frank for Kinna Sweden

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1950’s rosewood mirror, teak shelf table and Lindstrand for Kosta vase, Sweden

1960’s rosewood bedside table and rya rug Sweden

1950’s art pottery miniature vase Nymolle Denmark

1960’s glass sputnik chandelier Murano Italy

1960’s lava art pottery floor vase Glit Iceland

1960’s unique rya rug Sweden

1950’s teak entry table drawer Denmark

1960’s lava art pottery vase Iceland

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I was born in Stockholm 1945. My parents are Latvian. I used to work in advertising. Now I express myself through my art. Since 2010 I live in Österlen. My art reflects the magic in life, exploring the treasure to discover just below the surface, the greatness of all the small things in life. My sculptures are small format. I use simple materials like paper, textile, glass, metal and things I find hidden away and forgotten. In my hands they are transformed to new life, recreated. Maybe you will see what I see. Or you will have your own vision. It’s magic.

Jag är född 1945 i Stockholm. Mina föräldrar kommer från Lettland. Tidigare arbetade jag med reklam, nu uttrycker jag mig genom min konst. Min konst handlar om det magiska i tillvaron, att det under ytan finns en skatt att upptäcka, det stora i det lilla. Skulpturerna är småskaliga. Jag använder material som papier-maché, textil, plast, metall och sådant jag funnit i gömmorna och glömskan och som i mina händer med lite fantasi får nytt liv, återskapas i egen form. Som – hoppas jag - trollbinder dig som betraktare.

“Welcome to another world!” “Välkommen in i en annan värld!”

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Mother and child

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Love is a dream

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Dresden palace

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eautifully situated by the Danish coastline, this old farmhouse with straw roof offers a splendid ocean view. Enjoy long walks at the nearby beach or simply relax in the large garden and courtyard. The house has been carefully restored and tastefully decorated in all shades of white, with the interior design reflecting the closeness to the North Sea, old worn wooden beach treasures, shells and stones mixed with a stylish touch of Scandinavian & French antiques.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FACTORY BRAINS In the middle of the most exciting summer of their career so far, upcoming Swedish band Factory Brains has had a very hectic schedule after signing with Universal Music last summer. Debut album has recently been released, loved by both critics and fans, and they served as opening act for American band Rival Sons for their Scandinavian tour, also following up last year’s show at Sweden Rock Festival (when they were actually still unsigned) with a number of festivals throughout Scandinavia after that, fx Putte i Parken and Peace & Love. If you haven’t discovered their ground breaking fresh tunes just yet, make sure to do so right away. http://www.myspace.com/factorybrains Photos by Hans Brendestam @ www.frantiQstudios.com

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o, there I was, right in the middle of the city. It’s a hot summer day, I’m 15 years old and I’m all allone. It’s a beautiful warm and sunny day somewhere in the 80’s and I just sold my KISS album in anger right after buying it listening to it once and then immediately realizing how crap it is. I’m roaming the streets looking for a record store (remember this was the 80’s). The one I’m looking for is somewhat shady, if you ask nicely you get to see the records behind the counter, also known as bootlegs. But it’s also known for changing location all the time and when I get there it has transformed in to yet another antique shop. Not exactly what I was looking for (not with the kind of money currently in my pocket).

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Is it even possible to make list of blues records to checkout? Probably not. I can give you some starters and with todays Itunes, Spotify or Amazon there is no excuse not to explore these artists anymore. So what are you waiting for? Get on with it!

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Elmore James was an American blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader. Known as ‘The King of the Slide’ with a unique guitar style. Just listen to early Fleetwood Mac/Peter Green and you you will here this mans influence in song after song. There are several nice compilations to get. They are sure to include classics like: ‘Dust my Broom’ and ‘The Sky is Crying’.

The man completely failing to look relaxed above is Jimmy Reed. He was a restless soul in real life too battling both alcohol and epilepsy. He was a major influence to Rolling Stones and Yardbirds. Scoring numerous hits and being covered by both Elvis and the Stones. After finally getting on the bandwagon and putting down the bottle for good he was looking forward to a comeback but died after a epileptic seizure before it would happen. Notable hits include ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ and ‘Big Boss Man’


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Alan Lomax made landmark recordings of Muddy Waters, Son House, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards, among others for Library of Congress in the 1940’s.

One of the most successful blues artists of the second half of the 20th century. He had a secBorn in Mississippi 1913 ‘Muddy Waters’ was ond career, beginning in 1989, part of the ‘Chicago Blues’, a street-corner based through a series of albums that music from Chicago that spawned musicians like featured such guests as Carlos Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor. Santana, Robert Cray, Bonnie A piece of wood from Muddy Waters’ shack in Raitt, Los Lobos, Keith RichClarksdale was made in to a guitar by ZZ Top. ards, Charles Brown, and Van Morrison y

There’s a lot of myths around Robert Johnson. Acording to one legend he supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. This was all to have taken place at an intersection of roads known as ‘the cross road’ a name made legend itself in pop culture both movies and songs. One of the best known blues artist of all time, Johnson recorded only enough music to fit onto two CDs. After his death at the age of 27 in 1938, Johnson had only 12 known 78rpm records under his belt. But those records would go on to influence the world of blues and rock & roll like no other recordings and become an essential influence to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards and many more. When you think of the blues Robert Johnson’s name is one of the most known and referred to.

Bo Diddley known as “The Originator” because of his key role in the transition from blues music to rock ‘n roll, He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and hard-edged guitar sounds. Bo was also known for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar.

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This is a fine pearl! Originally recorded for a small Canadian TV show it shows of two of my all time favourites Albert King and his neighbour as a kid Stevie Ray Vaughan. What a performance, all live just naked lick trading blues at its best. The conversations in between songs are just as interesting. I saw Albert in concert 1987, a very fond memory. I never got a chance to see Stevie... They play both their own hit songs and other classics. Songs included are among others ‘Pride And Joy’ and ‘Don’t You Lie To Me’

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Venya - Marcin Maliński is a young talented Polish artist. He has given successful performances in the biggest Polish towns which attracted fans from all over the country. Marcin has been writing song lyrics since he was a teenager and he also plays the piano and keyboard. A few years ago he decided to pursue his career as a singer. Since then he has been taking vocal lessons, and shortly after he started working with Polish, Czech and Russian artists to create his debut album. He is the author of all the lyrics and some music from his LP. Marcin tells us that his songs are always very personal and inspired by the life experience of him and his friends. He has often been criticized for their controversial lyrics and dark ambience, but he has always replied that his music was simply the reflection of his personality and any controversy is to warn young people and advise them to avoid negative situations presented in the songs. “This month I am having rehearsals for my shows during which I will sing all the songs from my upcoming LP “Eye of the Storm” (Polish title – “Oko Cyklonu”). The main style of the album will be rock with some electro-pop influences. I am excited to the reaction of the Polish audience on my songs, especially because of the fact that there has never been anything like this presented to the Polish market. People from other countries also seem to think that my music is original - I recently had a proposition from a Korean TV station. I find it quite surprising, as I am just starting my journey in the music industry. I am very excited about the interest for my music in foreign countries, however I would like to focus on my native country for the time being.

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I am hoping to release a LP with English material as well in the future, though ; I already have lyrics for all the songs and I would like to reach as many people with my music as possible. This year, I am starting the promotion of my LP and I hope to go on tour this summer. By this time I will already release another single promoting the album and shoot the music video. There are already many ideas for a script. The video will be very surprising, emotional and innovative, just like the music video promoting my first single “Time is a medicine’’ ( Polish – “Czas Lekiem” ).” http://www.facebook.com/ venyao1

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT We met up with talented Swedish singer Elin Saanum in Stockholm, discussing her upcoming March LA-tour and getting an ad hoc performance despite the lack of functioning PA. After winning part of a Hollywood performance competition a few years ago, Elin got contacted by American producer Mark McDoc Williams, president of Indasoul entertainment, with whom she has been working closely ever since. Currently she is in Los Angeles on a mini tour; showcasing, filming music video and recording new songs http://www.myspace.com/elinsaanum photos www.frantiQstudios.com

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Kenneth Sharretts Catching up in between touring the world

When we say catching up with Kenny that is exactly what we mean! The man is an Energizer Bunny with lots of projects going on at the same time. Catching up is what you’ll have to do to if you have some questions for K. Lucky for us, he’s also a truly great guy both on and off stage/work, here taking some time to answer our questions.

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just finished a show (Dr um Technician) for the Grammy’s and The Make it Right Charity Foundation with Rihanna. A tour through Perth and Jakar ta with Stevie Wonder. And a week stage managing the Fader C onverse Fort for SXSW (sxsw.com). In addition to playing shows with my own bands (So Called Underground among others see the end of interv iew editors note). I will be star ting a 2 month promotional tour for Rihanna’s new album and movie.

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studied and performed music professionally from high school thru college, but finished my studies at The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing. Upon graduation I spent ten years chasing record deals with many bands and waiting tables. These skills came in quite handy with my first tech gig in 2002 with Melissa Ethridge, and have helped me successfully navigate a ten year career that has led me to my current clients Stevie Wonder and Rihanna.

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t the moment I am big fan of Adele, Muse, as well as Maroon 5. In the early years I was both a pop and a hard rock fan with tastes spanning from Abba to AC/DC, Miles Davis to Metallica, Stevie Wonder to Soundgarden, and I will always be a die hard Rush fan. These days most of my inspiration comes from the incredible musicians and artists I work with as well as the many acts I get to see at festivals, and on tour. These experiences motivate me to grow as a musician, a technician, and a song writer. I am truly blessed to be completely surrounded by art. Finally, a lot of my song writing inspiration comes from my wife. Both as a motivational aspect and a professional capacity when we write together (Christina is music manager as well as photographer - you can see some of her photos on http://www.navelleannphotography.com and also in this issue on page 214 & 288). What’s happening in the near future?

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The first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) was held in 1987 in Austin, Texas. Despite the fact that Austin was not a Top 20 major market at the time, the background and character of the city made it a perfect location for the conference. Austin was considered a fairly cosmopolitan town for its size because of the University of Texas, which draws people from all over the world. As home to the state government and Texas Legislature it has also always been a popular party town, with a reputation that goes back to the 19th century when numerous nightspots and bars were populated by General Custer’s troops after the Civil War. These nightspots are located in the same areas where the 6th Street and 4th Street club and bar scenes now exist.

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Austin’s eclectic music scene goes back to early in the city’s history (from Mexican, German and colonial origins) and encompasses a wide variety of music including country, folk, jazz, blues and rock. Central Austin boasts more original music nightclubs in a concentrated area than any other city in the world. The classic problem facing Austin musicians was being isolated from the rest of the world here in the middle of Texas. SXSW was a way to reach out to the rest of the world, and bring them here to do business. To do that successfully, SXSW needed to appeal to people other than local artists whether they were from Austin, Ft. Worth, Chicago, Toronto, Munich or Tokyo.

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National interest in SXSW was immediate. For years, music businesses on both coasts had been intrigued by what was going on in Austin. The cosmic cowboy, blues, punk and other scenes had already proven that Austin was a receptive place for bands to be creative. With SXSW, music industry executives gained a good excuse to visit. International interest in SXSW began the second year due to many Austin and American bands finding their first success in Europe. Conversely, there was a lot of interest from SXSW registrants in the international bands who came to perform. SXSW now has offices in Ireland, Germany, Australia and Japan who help bring SXSW registrants to Austin.

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The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 16,000 registrants. As Austin has grown and diversified, film companies and hightech companies have played a major role in the Austin and the Texas economies.

In 1994, SXSW added a film and interactive component to accommodate these growth industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events together attract approximately 32,000 registrants to Austin every March. SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.

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espite of his hectic schedule with studio recordings and collaborations with Swedish producer Mats Karlsson/ Stockholm and American Los Angeles based producer Mark Jayson all spring, Swedish singer & performer Anton Hallberg took some time to chat with us. As a child in Atvidaberg in the center of Sweden he dreamt of becoming an artist, performing from an early age for his mom, dad and younger sister, Anton explains: “I was very shy back then, but practising on stage made my confidence grow”. Something that was all made possible by arranging small concerts at school along with his friends. Once graduating from school, he worked as a kindergarten teacher and spent most of his spare time putting together musicals with his sister and neighbourhood friends. Add to that he also worked part time as a model for an international agency&artist management along with scouting for them. “It’s an incredible feeling to be able to stand on stage, to sing and entertain and connect with the audience, a feeling I would wish I could experience every single day” With a very busy schedule for 2012, he will hopefully have room for spending more time recording in Sweden, Europe and the US. And, of course, play some shows for his Swedish fans this summer! Next up is recording a new song in Stockholm, Sweden together with Elin Saanum and Emma Hallberg. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anton-Hallberg/120510301405621

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Danish singer Celina Ree, at the moment on and off touring Europe with boyfriend Magnus Moller’s band Star*Rats, being the main character in their hit song “Land’s End”, got famous already for her demo song and video blog, with more than 300 000 fan hits on her MySpace and Youtube and several fan&support sites around the internet. Her debut single “12 time” was played on all major Danish radiostations during 2008. When her debut album “Kortslutning” was released on 6th Oct the same year, her second single with the same name reached the no 1 spot in Danish hot charts Boogie Listen. This was also her first music video, frequently played on MTV. Magazine Frikvarter featured the characteristic young singer on their Sept cover the same year, and she got her own mini serie in the TV show Boogie. Another magazine “Vi Unge” featured her twice spreads, in both Oct and Dec. Catch her on stage somewhere along the road, or visit her websites for some smashing tunes www.celinaree.blogspot.com http://www.twitter.com/CelinaRee http://www.myspace.com/celinaree Photos by Hans Brendestam & Liz Lord @ www.frantiQstudios.com

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sta R *Rats Star*Rats plays heavy street rock’n roll with metal and punk influences!

They have released 3 albums Broken Halo (2004 Adrenaline Records), Rebelütion (2006 Perris Records). and ..Screw The Consequences.. (2009 Swedmetal Records). In the 6 years the band has existed, they have toured most of Europe + played with Alice Cooper, Skid Row, Freak Kitchen, Dokken, Magnum, Zodiac Mindwarp, Memfis, Mustasch, Pretty Boy Floyd, Britny Fox, Bullet Boys, Babylon Bombs, Warrior Soul, Hot Leg, Vains Of Jenna, The Quireboys, Tracy Gang Pussy, & many more. In 2010 the band won the People’s choice award for best live band at the Danish Metal Awards. They’re currently writing material for their 4th album. Catch them touring all over Europe! http://www.starrats.net/ photos by www.frantiQstudios.com

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Movie Classics E scape from N ew Y ork 1997 New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible! Breaking in is insane...

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hen I grew up we didn’t have Internet. Well there might have been something called the internet, I just didn’t know about it. But, I’m talking about THE Internet the World Wide Web or whatever you prefer. You know what I’m talking about. Yes I know, it’s hard to wrap your head around, no internet!! Is that even possible? I can tell you one thing; don’t get me started on what we didn’t have back then.

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Produced by Larry J. Franco Debra Hill Written by John Carpenter Nick Castle Starring Kurt Russell Lee Van Cleef Ernest Borgnine Donald Pleasence Isaac Hayes Harry Dean Stanton Adrienne Barbeau Music by John Carpenter Alan Howarth Release date(s) July 10, 1981 Budget

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The story in one sentence: A condemned criminal and former war hero is offered his freedom if he can rescue the US President from the walled prison island of Manhattan after a terrorist brings down the President’s plane in this futuristic adventure.

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The problem was this: we were too young.

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ut this story is not about what we did or didn’t have. At least we had VCR: s and Cassette players. That was a step up from my dads generation anyway. The thing to remember was this: small cassettes for the Sony Walkman and the big cassettes for the huge bulky thing under the TV. You see, we had a problem. The problem was this: we were too young. Yes I know this seems like a minor problem but where I grew up kids my age weren’t allowed to go to the movie theater . Not while they were showing certain movies anyway. And that was what we wanted, to see those movies. Not the horrible kids’ movies that we were forced to endure that left us cross-eyed, drooling and haunted with nightmares. No, we wanted the forbidden stuff. The movies that you heard and read about, that you could see posters of outside the theater. They looked oh so cool and also very much out of reach.

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o, enter the VCR or rather my best friend Peter’s, or to be even more precise his big brother’s (whatever his name was). I have no idea why or how, but he was the fixer of things. I remember he had his whole bedroom full of porn magazines (literally under the bed and beside it, I’m not joking here. We had no idea why at the time but later it would make a lot more sense to us why you would keep them close to your bed like that. But that is a totally different story).

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hat he also could provide was videotapes. One day we got off school early and decided to see if there was some new video to check out. We went down in the basement and there on the table was a new movie, it was called Escape from New York. We could not believe our eyes. We knew the movie (we had seen the posters of course). It was on top of our list of films to see. It went for years at one of the local cinemas in our town and every weekend we totally did not get to watch it. And there it was, right there on the table. We wasted no time and put it in the VCR.

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he first thing I remember was how dark it was. We didn’t know if the movie was actually on or if it was all just a sick joke from Peter’s big brother (he would do a trick were he pulled your ears just for fun and other similar jokes). Then the music came on. It started slowly and would just build up layer on layer adding one electronic sound here and there. I remember the simple tune being so catchy and spooky at the same time (I was twelve back then but I still get that same feeling). That theme sets the tone and mood for the movie just right. We had no idea who all these people were that was in the movie. But Kurt Russell was so cool as Snake Plisken we just could not believe our eyes! And you had Lee van Cleef who we actually knew (for us he was ‘Angel Eye’ from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, another one of our favorites) Isaac Hayes as ‘The Duke’ (scared us), Donald Pleasence as ‘the President’ (we hated him, he was so annoying) and also Harry Dean Stanton as ‘Brain’ (wimp). By the time that Snake landed on the WTC building with his glider my fingernails were gone.

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t’s hard to imagine that the movie budget was 6 million dollars (Transformers had a budget of 195 millions). The movie felt so big to us with the huge scenery and long dark empty streets. By the time that Snake landed on the WTC building with his glider my fingernails were gone. The whole movie has a slow pace by today’s standard but that just made every explosion count back then. The ring fight at the Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station looks kind of lame by today’s standard but back then we could hardly believe our eyes. Plus, in the end he gets stabbed in the back with a spike club! Bonus! The added timer that’s ticking and getting us and ‘Snake’ closer to death is something that can be seen in modern movies but here it is done just right (not overdone and no product placement with a clock from some known brand).

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he day after we would take turns at school and retell the whole movie over and over again and everyone would add their perspective of the movie. I might be off here but I just couldn’t imagine doing that with Transformers or Immortals or any modern action movie.

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oday the WTC building ‘Snake’ puts his glider down on doesn’t even exist, and the weird ending with Snake ripping out the tape from the cassette (that made us scream and sheer down in that basement back then) looks kind of odd (in a world of mp3’s). Also, the futuristic setting of this movie is 1997 (not 2097 which would have been less awkward).

Yes, its the German Blue Ray Disc edition of “The Rattlesnake” aka “Escape from New York”

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his was the movie that inspired Cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson and videogame director Hideo Kojima as well as J.J. Abrams. The fact that this is a good solid script with a simple story that keeps you at the edge of you seat so masterly directed by John Carpenter is just as true today as it was in 1981.

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he-Brew is a British blues and rock band consisting of father Tim Smith (bass guitar, vocals), his son Kurits Smith (drums, vocals) and Jason Barwick (lead guitar, vocals). They were voted “best band” 2006/7 by “its only Rock & Roll” magazine (the magazine of the rolling stones fanclub). The band was described by rock critic Michael Arens as “earthy, fertile, and sometimes wonderfully grainy” and creating “flawless rock” with a “touch of Psychedelic,” and described by RockTimes critic Joachim ‘Joe’ Brookes as a “bridge between the sixties and seventies”.

Though often named a modern blues band, The Brew have evolved far beyond the restrictions of blues to become one of Europe’s most prominent rock bands. Hailing from Grimsby (UK) the band draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, from the experimental psychedelic tunes of the ‘60s, to more contemporary artists on the rock scene. www.the-brew.net photos by www.frantiQstudios.com

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he band was formed in 2010 in London by singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes), Dominic O'Dair (guitar), Maxim Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O'Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong.

The band's first live performance was at the Cave Club in London in January 2011.They played festivals in 2011 including Field Day and supported The Horrors on their UK autumn tour. The band's debut single, "Left Myself Behind", was released in 2011 by Heavenly Records, the initial pressing of 100 selling out in a day. The single was described by The Guardian as "excellent...recalls some kind of late-80s/ early-90s jam session between Stereolab, Felt and Pulp". The band was picked as one of NME's "100 New Bands You Have to Hear" in January 2012, with Rhys Webb of The Horrors describing them as "the most exciting band to come out last year" and "my favourite band for 2012". The band's sound has been described as a combination of psychedelic rock, krautrock, kosmische, and post-punk.According to O'Dair, early electronic music is one of the band's influences.

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