I`m Olle Wiman born 1951 so in 2006 I will become 55 years, this also means I had the oppurtunity to grew up during the fantastic 60s !
At that time I lived in Borlänge wich is about 250 kms north west of Stockholm. There were not many ways to check out what was going on "out there" but we had the Swedish Radio, Radio Luxemburg on MW and then of course the pop magasines.
I first heard the Rolling Stones on the radio in 1964 and the song was Tell Me, of course I saw the light!! Then it has been rolling on more or less all the time.
My first Rolling Stones concert that I went to was at Råsunda Footballstadium in Stockholm Friday September 4th, 1970. It was a great gig but too bad it was too late to have been able to see Brian Jones. I was 19 had very long hair and in heaven, here were my heroes live !
The Rolling Stones have since 1964 always been the number one band for me, This of course does not mean I dont listen to other music. I was never into The Beatles but John Lennon is one of my other heroes, what a loss it was when he was taken away from us. I have been to the today rebuilt Cavern Club in Liverpool wich is only about 20 meters away from the original spot, very intresting.
In my younger days, and still do, I also digged Brittish Blues and The Animals. Then of course all the American Blues artists like of course Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Buddy Guy and the younger ones but all gone now, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. But I`m always coming back to the R&B and The Rolling Stones.
I have seen every concert in Sweden since 1970, see list of attended gigs at the end of this chronicle.
Whitout Brian there would`t be any Rolling Stones as it is his band after all. Of course I`m a member of The Brian Jones Fan Club in England. The BJFC is working wery hard to get Brians case opend up as there are many uncertain circumstances around Brians death July 2nd, 1969.
Not on the third as it says officially and on his grave stone. I have been to Cheltenham twice so far to visit Brians grave and also to Cothford Farm in Hartfield East Sussex once. A special feeling to walk the lawns where Brian walked and to see Christpher Robin in the garden, Brians music room and dining room, the big heavy dinner table is still there and to put my hand in the water of the pool and to see exactly where Brian was found on the bottom of the pool. There is a lot to read and see about Brian if you check out Olle Wimans Brian Page
in the NSV forum.
I have become personal friends with Pat Andrews Brians ex girlfriend and Richard ( Dick ) Hattrell one of Brians close friends from Cheltenham as well as with Trevor Hobley who is the editor of The BJFC.
During a couple of trips in England I have been to Redlands, Keiths place since 1965 in West Wittering, to Dartford and of course platform 1.
Also in Dartford 6 Spielman Road Temple Hill where Keith and his family moved to and lived from 1954. I have also been to Olympic Studios in Barnes London and Trevor and I had a guided tour around the rather small house. So I have been in THE STUDIO and walked the floor where they recorded ie. the classic albums Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed. Then of course I have been to 102 Edith Groove, wich is a must for every Stones fan. The house looks still the same today as as it did during the cold winter 1962-1963 when Brian, Keith, Mick and a certain Jimmy Phelge ( In line with Mr Jimmy in the Chelsea Drugstore ).
Last year I was at the Station Hotel in Richmond, the house is the same as before but it is totally different inside with a bar and restaurant in two levels but still of course a clasical Stones spot to go to. During a BJFC meeting in Cheltenham February 2005 there was a band playing and of those who came to play was Mr Dick Taylor, a very nice man. He gladly gave me his plectrum and signed a stationary paper with his personal best wishes to me. And he knows how to do the slide guitarr !!
In November 2004 Andrew Loog Oldham came to Stockholm to show his film Charlie is my Darling, I met him. He was nice took his time to talk and he gladly signed a couple of rare LPs and his two books for me. Then his wife took a photograph of us two, very nice. I have also met Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman during their visits to Stockholm and I have photograps of us together, but of course not at the same time.
If you are in London go and have lunch or dinner at Bill Wymans restaurant Sticky Fingers at 1A Phillimore Gardens, phone: 0171-9385338, it is not too far away from 102 Edith Grove in Chelsea.
Also check out The Brian Jones Fan Club website at: www.brianjonesfanclub.com
I collect records mostly vinyl and I have a quite nice collection of Rolling Stones records and books.
If there is anything please feel free to contact me via email
Today I live 45 kms outside Stockholm with my wife and three dogs. My wife likes to travel with me to see the Rolling Stones, she is not crazy about them like me, but she thinks they are a very good band of course.
Rolling Stones concerts I have seen so far:
Stockholm, September 1970.
Gothenburg, October 1973
Gothenburg, June 1982
Gothenburg, August 1990
Stockholm, June 1995
Stockholm, September 1998
Stockholm, Juli 2003 Stadium, Globe Arena and Circus
London Wembley, September 2003
New York MSG, September 2005
London Twickenham, August 2006
Gothenburg, Ullevi, August 3 2007
Copenhagen, Parken, August 5 2007
Oslo,Valle Hovin, August 8 2007
London, O2 Arena,August 21 2007
London,O2 Arena, August 23 2007
London,O2 Arena, August 26 2007
Falun, Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings October 2007
Besides this I have been to see both Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman`s Rythm Kings.
ROCK ON STONES FELLOWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!