Well-Read by X-Mas? Get The Hanoi Rocks book!

Exactly a year ago, on November the 18th 2016, Cleopatra Books put out a gorgeous English edition of the Hanoi Rocks book All Those Wasted Years.

Since then, the response has been fantastic. People from all over the world have contacted me just to say thank you! Oh, please – don’t mention it, I’m just happy and honored to get to be a part of this. After all, it is the greatest rock’n’roll story ever!

Wanna read it? Here’s where you’ll find the book:

Cleopatra’s Online Shop


Backstage Rock Shop


Amazon co.jp





Deadline Music


Levykauppa Äx

Big Dipper


Giunti al Punto (Italia)


Liner notes for rarities: Andy McCoy and Fishfaces

Since the texts I’m talking about are in English, this is as well…

Lately, in addition to my other music journo work, I’ve been writing some liner notes for Svart Records’ re-releases. They’ve put out a couple of classy rock and roll records, first time on vinyl: Andy McCoy’s second solo album Building on Tradition (1995) and Fishfaces’ (starring Claude from Smack) Lovesongs for Hyenas (1993).


Since Fishfaces never got the recognition they deserved and basically nobody knows who they were, I decided to write their whole story on the record sleeve, with interviews with their drummer Jarkko Nikulainen and the album’s producer Mikko Karmila.

With Building on Tradition, I concentrated more on the ”making of” side of things, with a little help from Gyp Casino and Dan Lagerstedt, who played on the album.

As always, Svart Records has done magnificent work in re-packaging the records. Building on Tradition has two bonus tracks, Lovesongs for Hyenas comes with a bonus 7″, a re-issue of the band’s debut single. I don’t think these gems have ever sounded better. Vinyl really suits them. Stellar cover art, too.

They’re probably sold out already, but I suggest you try and find them somewhere!