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Heaven and Hell – Bible Black


Ако някой почитател на тежката рок музика, наречена heavy metal все още не е рабрал, Heaven and Hell – тоест Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi и Geezer Butler, но без Ozzy Osbourne и Bill Ward, а с Ronnie James Dio и Vinny Appice) издават първия си албум The Devil You Know на 28.04.2009. В интернет вече може да се чуе една песен от този албум – Bible Black. Музикалната критика вече дава положителни отзиви за албума – All music, Metal Hammer, Brave Words.


Peaches en Regalia (Frank Zappa) – Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance February 2009


The timeless composition „Peaches en Regalia“ by Frank Zappa, first published on his album „Hot Rats“ in 1969 won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in February 2009. It took 40 years for this masterpiece to take its place in the history of music, this time performed by Frank’s son Dweezel Zappa project Zappa Plays Zappa, including Steve Vai, among others. This is Vai’s 3rd Grammy Award, one of the other 2 won for another Frank Zappa composition – „Sofa“.

I know him (Jimi Hendrix)!


I was a Research and PhD Student in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan for 6 years (April 1996-March 2002) and during my stay in Sapporo, I spent many memorable evenings in House Friendship, an organization which helps international students in Sapporo and Hokkaido in general. It was established by a great man – Fr. Manfred Friedrich, a German Catholic priest based in Japan for some 40 years, and is open for all, regardless of race or religion. For the time I was in Sapporo, the resident Catholic nun in charge of House Friendship was Sister Clair (Setchan), a mid-aged Japanese woman, who was not known to be a hard rock music lover.

One evening I was at House Friendship together with many other students for a chat wearing a T-shirt with Jimi Hendrix in front. Entering the room, Sister Clair said after looking at Jimi Hendrix’s face on my chest:

– I know him.
I was very surprised and asked:
– Really, are you sure?
– Yes, I have a photo of his.
– Where?

She just smiled quietly and showed me to the toilet, where sure enough I saw a black&white photo of Jimi Hendrix, pinned to the wall, next to several other photos, probably left by some unknown student.

So, she did know Jimi Hendrix! We laughed together for some time, had a few beers and had another interesting evening at House Friendship.

It was one of those moments you remember and cherish…