Stockholm © Sten-Ove Sundlöf
Believe it or not, but, these things happen. It happend to me. I will take it from the start.
In the seventies I was, and still am, a great admirer of fusionmusic, jazzrock, (Weather Report, RTF, Mahawishnu Orch …). Great musicians and composers. Interresting and never ending improvisations, intriguing music. Among these musicians the guitarist John McLaughlin broke new ground and made som very special records an concerts. One of these concerts, in 1977, has a special place in my heart. The acoustic group Shakti played at Konserthuset, Stockholm, sweden. Me and my frinds crowded us in a car and travelled the 550 km to Stockholm and witnessed this remarkable band. We had our seats on the second row, me with my camera ready to get some amazing pictures of our heroes.
Several years later a friend asked me if I had the pictures from this concert. A friend of his, also a McLaughlin nerd, had a site devotetd to this guitarhero and he wanted photos. I found them, scanned them and sent a number of pictures to the other side of the planet.
This summer, in june, I get this e-mail. It came from a french journalist. He said, he was writing an article about Shakti. It is now forty years since they started and they are celebrating it with an article in Guitarist Acoustic, a french quarterly magazine. They asked if it was possible to use my pictures from 1977 in the aniversary article.
At first I thought, “this must be a joke”, (like the nigerian letters.)
But, some mails later I was confident, it was not a joke.
During a couple of summerweeks I found and sent my pictures to a professional scanning service. I sent the CD to my contact, and now, in october 15, Guitarist Acoustic nr 42 will be available. With my pictures from 1977!
I find this a very positive story, so, I want to share it with you, reading my blog.
These things happen, it happened to me. Amazing! Like a lightning from the clear sky.
I am greatfull, filled with joy and happines over this great surprise coming to me. Thank you for giving it to me! Who ever you are.